When Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl launching on Switch in October 2021, comparisons to a certain Nintendo platform fighter were natural and unavoidable. Damn, we passed our opinion try – and admittedly fail – to avoid the obvious similarity with Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Indeed, when a game comes out that brings together characters from multiple franchises to do battle on a platform-based arena and knock opponents out of bounds, it almost begs some comparisons to be made. After all, Super Smash Bros. essentially gave rise to the subgenre.
It seems like a developer isn’t too happy with a particular comparison, and we can understand why. From the start, both enthusiastic fans and detractors have been cavalier with their hyperbole, and in short Twitter feedAll-Star Brawl character designer and programmer Thaddeus Crews said he’d rather people not use the term “Smash-killer” anymore, saying the comparison has been proven to incite conflicts.
In a separate post, Thaddeus quoted YouTuber “IntroSpective” as saying that All-Star Brawl jokes on his channel will end after the creators make contact. Thaddeus clarified that the interaction between the two had no animosity:
We have to say we understand. We watched the video in question, and although The comparison of IntroSpective is apparently not meant to be taken seriously, it’s clearly an affront to Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl. The Nickelodeon game is a very solid piece of work but on a much, much smaller scale than giant Nintendo in terms of development resources. For developers working hard to bring such a game to life, we understand why constant comparisons – light or otherwise – can prove problematic.
What do you think of Thaddeus’ comments on Twitter? Do you agree with his statement, or do you think any comparison between the two IPs is relevant? Let us know in the comments below.