Yeah, Ultimate Is Better Than Brawl


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Liam Mickulas-Mesco, Contributor

On November 19, 2019, I wrote a story about why Super Smash Bros Brawl was the best game in the franchise. Since then, I’ve realized that my opinion has changed drastically.  I’ve been playing Ultimate for a long time and I’ve been able to form my opinion. Here is why Super Smash Bros Ultimate is better than Brawl.

First of all, it is much faster than Brawl. One of the complaints competitive Melee players had when they moved over to Brawl is that the game was much too slow and made for the casuals. While this was true, Brawl outsold Melee by almost two times because of that fact. Brawl was easier for new and casual players of the game to understand. Six years later, Smash 4 increased the speed of the game a lot compared to Brawl, but Ultimate is the closest thing to Melee new players will have. The game is not only fast, but also makes it easier to string combos together and style on your opponents. However, the game also introduced a way for your opponent to punish you if you rely on doing a move to much, something that the past games didn’t do at all or if they did, not as much.

The second reason that Ultimate is better than Brawl is because of the fact that there are so many characters. This isn’t exactly something Brawl could help, as it was released way back in 2008. Ultimate has 39 more characters than Brawl, which is shocking. Most players only use a select few as their main, but the game presents 76 characters to use. 76. Most of these characters are unique and have drastically different movesets from one another.

The third and final reason one game is better than the other is sales. Brawl was released a decade ago and in that time has sold an astonishing 13.3 million copies as of March this year. However, in just four months, Ultimate sold 13.81 million copies as of March this year. The game has been out not even a year and outsold Brawl. If this trend continues it will dwarf all prior games in the series.

There is no denying that both of these games are amazing. Nobody is saying that. However, what I am saying is that I should have waited when I wrote my first piece on the game. I went into it too fast and should have waited until I played Ultimate. Of course, this is my opinion and I’m not supposed to give it. You are entitled to your own opinion on which game you think is better. Just remember these three things when you compare them.