Super Smash Bros. Melee has withstood the test of time. While many fighters fade into obscurity as they age and when the community has grown weary, the Melee scene is alive and thriving with very little signs of slowing. Melee’s popularity is a phenomenon that cannot be explained easily.
Almost 16 years has passed since its initial release, it has received two subsequent sequels and with the advent of online multiplayer, by all measure Melee should be dead, and yet here it is alive and kicking. Is it due to the fast paced action that make a pleasurable e-sport for spectators and gather the large audience? Or is it the high tech skill that it naturally draws and retains players? Or it’s the dedicated community that has worked tirelessly to grow and maintain the Smash scene? Whatever the case may be, Melee has given so much to players and to Nintendo, and so it is about time the Big N return the favor.
In my humble opinion, a perfect opportunity presents itself with the breakthrough success of the Switch. Now is the best time to release a modern remaster of Super Smash Bros. Melee complete with crisper visuals and online play.
To avoid sounding like an entitled whinny Melee fanboy – there is solid reasoning why Super Smash Bros. Melee HD is a sound business move by Nintendo – so this isn’t just an unreasonable wet dream of mine. A HD remaster would be a low budget and high return investment that is bound to sell millions. Melee HD would be an excellent stop gap title until Smash 5 is released and there is precedent that it can co-exist with a new iteration. The Switches appeal to a mass market could provide an opportunity for new and renewal interest into the Melee competitive scene. From my perspective, Super Smash Bros. Melee HD is a no brainer… it just makes so much sense.
Of course, if Melee HD were to happen there are a few caveats. Firstly the games mechanics and balance must remain unchanged. No tinkering, no small tweaks, it has to remain untouched. If wave dashing and the other advanced tech skills have been removed, the Melee community would be terribly upset. Importantly, a stable and usable online multiplayer similar (or better) to Smash 4 is compulsory.
This is a short discussion piece, but I would like to hear your thoughts on the matter. Would you like Super Smash Bros. Melee HD for the Nintendo Switch? Let me know by leaving a comment below.