For over 20 years, Super Smash Bros has been one of the most popular fighting franchises in the world, with it being released on every Nintendo platform since the first entry was released in 1999 on the Nintendo 64. At the time, Super Smash Bros brought a new twist to the fighting genre and wasn’t something players had seen before. But, due to its popularity, many games have been released in the years since that have emulated aspects of Super Smash Bros to varying degrees of success, so let’s take a look at some. Here are five Super Smash Bros Clones that you should check out including the upcoming MultiVersus that will be released in 2022.
5. MultiVersus – PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
MultiVersus is the latest Super Smash Bros-style game to be in development. The game has just finished its Closed Alpha test and will enter Open Beta in July 2022 before being fully released later in the year. MultiVersus is Warner Bros. has taken many of its top IPs including Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo, Batman, and Game of Thrones, and put them all together in a fighting game that will be free-to-play when it releases. Based on the recent Closed Alpha, MultiVersus is very much a Super Smash Bros clone, with the game’s presentation, movement, mechanics, and controls playing almost identical to Smash which will make the transition between the two games very seamless.
4. Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion – PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, 3DS
Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion is one of the older Smash clones, with it being released all the way back in 2011, with the Cartoon Network IP also being owned by Warner Bros and does feature a few of the same characters as MultiVersus. The game features characters from many beloved Cartoon Network franchises, which will certainly be very nostalgic for a lot of teens and adults that play the game. Included in Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion are characters from Ben 10, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Chowder, Codename: Kids Next Door, Dexter’s Laboratory, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Johnny Bravo, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, The Powerpuff Girls, and Samurai Jack.
3. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale – PS3, PlayStation Vita
Like Super Smash Bros brings Nintendo IPs together in one game, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale does the same for Sony. With the PlayStation being almost 20 years at the time of the game’s release, Sony had a lot of IPs and popular characters under its belt, as well as the developers bringing in some third-party characters from popular games associated with PlayStation. Included in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale are characters from Bioshock, Infamous, Killzone, Devil May Cry, Starhawk, Fat Princess, Tekken, Dead Space, Jak and Daxter, Gravity Rush, God of War, Heavenly Sword, Uncharted, PaRappa the Rapper, Metal Gear, Ratchet & Clank, LittleBigPlanet, MediEvil, Sly Cooper, Ape Escape, Twisted Metal, and Doko Demo Issyo.
2. Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl – PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch
It is not just game developers that want a piece of the Super Smash Bros formula. Like Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon has recently had a go at releasing their own Smash clone by collaborating with Ludosity and Fair Play Labs. Many of the top Nickelodeon IPs are included, however, it is worth noting that the characters chosen aren’t always the most obvious choices, which does make for a more fun and unpredictable roster. Included in the game are characters from Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Avatar: The Last Airbender, CatDog, Danny Phantom, Garfield, Hey Arnold!, Invader Zim, Jimmy Neutron, The Legend of Korra, The Loud House, My Life as a Teenage Robot, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rocko’s Modern Life, Rugrats, SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The Wild Thornberrys.
1. Brawlhalla – PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android
Since 2017, the free-to-play Brawhalla has been the definitive Smash clone and is one of the few not to rely on the existing popularity of IPs to get players its 80 million players trying out the game, although in more recent years there have been collaborations in the game including Rayman, Street Fighter, The Walking Dead, and WWE. Brawlhalla has become one of the top Esports fighting games, with a yearly World Championship taking place, with the 2022 World Championship taking place in November 2022 with a $500,000 prize pool. The game has remained incredibly popular for five years now, which is likely due to it featuring cross-play and being a very accessible game, with it being released on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices, which means that most gamers have the means to try out the game.
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