Super Smash Bros. is a series of fighting games published by Nintendo, featuring iconic characters from many of Nintendo's other series. The first installment to the series started with Super Smash Bros, which was released in 1999 on the Nintendo 64. So far 3 games have been made for series, all which were directed by Masahiro Sakurai.
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The gameplay of the Super Smash Bros. series is a dramatic departure from traditional fighting games. Instead of trying to deplete your opponent's health, the objective of the game is to knock your opponent off the stage by racking up enough damage on them (although a Stamina mode does exist where you must try to deplete your opponent's health). The more damage your opponent takes, the further they'll get knocked away when hit by a powerful attack.
Unlike traditional fighting games where the arenas are enclosed, the stages have open boundaries, usually consisting of platforms suspended in the air. The stages and combat in the Super Smash Bros. series have more emphasis on platforming, while traditional fighting games mainly use flat arenas, the stages in Super Smash Bros. uses platforms of varying height.
The controls for Super Smash Bros. are far simplified compared to that of traditional fighting games. While fighting games such as Street Fighter and Tekken require the player to input a strictly-timed input of commands, Super Smash Bros. uses single commands that are influenced by the direction the player moves the control stick. Combos in Super Smash Bros. are usually performed by hitting your opponent in the right direction and following up with another attack before they have the chance to react.
The player also has the ability to block and dodge attacks, even when in midair, and can also try to recover back onto stage using midair jumping and certain special moves when knocked off the stage. Some special moves can aid in recovery, others can be used as offensive moves. Most characters in the series have their own unique special moves. Players aren't limited to attacks and special moves, they can even grab and throw their opponents.
Another element rarely used in other fighting games are items that randomly appear on the stage, and usually aid the players in one way or another. Some can be used as weapons, others can heal the player or give them status boosts, certain items such as the Poké Ball and Assist Trophy will even summon other characters onto the stage to attack other players.