This week I brought my Nintendo Switch to school, so that I could host a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament after class with my students. It’s something I like to do a few times a month, a chance to connect with kids at my high school as we battle on the big screen. It was the first event of its kind this school year.
I consider myself a pretty good player; I’ve been playing Super Smash Bros. for over twenty years, repping Link since the 64 days. But this time was different. I got smacked! Nothing like a room full of teenagers to give you a lesson in humility.
After taking my knocks, I spent the weekend playing online, training so hard I could have had my own montage. I was determined to bounce back, to start my revenge tour. But first, I needed a plan.
So much of Super Smash Bros. comes down to match-ups, not unlike professional sports such as the NFL. Find that weakness in your opponent and exploit the mismatch. With that said, How do you choose your Super Smash Bros. main fighters?
For me, it starts with figuring out what kind of opponent I’m playing against. If they’re using a character that utilizes speed, I typically go with my fastest character (which for me is Kirby . . . Yellow Kirby!). If I think my timing and instincts are better than my opponent, I’ll opt for a heavier character with more launch power—a calculated risk.
If my opponent is maining a heavy, power character, I’ll counter with my favorite big bad: Ganondorf. I don’t typically play with power characters though, so if I can’t match their timing, I’ll go with my best all-around character, the well-balanced Breath of the Wild Link.
I’ll let you know how it goes . . .
Tell us what you think! How do you choose your Super Smash Bros. fighters? Do you use particular characters for specific match-ups? Share your reactions in the comments below or join the conversation on Boss Rush Network’s Discord and Facebook.
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