How a YouTube Documentary Gave New Existence to a Nintendo Traditional

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Super Smash Bros. was never meant to be an eSport.

For many, the Nintendo fighting game was nothing more than a fun party diversion where friends could fight each other with classic Nintendo characters — Mario, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Princess Peach and friends.

But the dedicated community that formed around the game has turned the second and most popular title in the franchise, Super Smash Bros. Melee, into a professional game (or eSport) for the last 13 years.

With its small community, Melee has always been an underdog. But in a new era of gaming where players can much more readily earn a living from streaming video games or compete in professional leagues, Melee has become an eSports darling and has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Read more…

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