The big news in the world of Super Smash Bros. currently appeared just yesterday when Nintendo sent a discontinuation and cancellation order to The Big House, effectively stopping online Super Smash Bros. online. The Melee and Ultimate event.
The creators of Mario offered a reason for this, citing the use of Slippi.gg, a program that facilitates online Melee games with rollback net code and matchmaking features, as the main problem. The Smash community has responded on social media to express great disgust for this move, and the best Melee player in the world, Juan “Liquid | Hungrybox”
As a GameCube title in 2001, Super Smash Bros. Melee never had any developer supported online games. Fan enthusiasm for the past 20 years has kept the second Smash entry thriving in the last two decades and has evolved to require this kind of technology to keep up with today’s standards (especially with COVID-19).
From a legal standpoint, Nintendo seems to have all the cards here, and thus the power to allow or deny an event like The Big House to run with a modified version of their game is ultimately theirs. However, many of the feedback sent to Twitter by fans is in line with DeBiedma’s, which is approaching the situation with the limitations of COVID-19 in mind.
“Slippi is the only form of melee we have right now during a pandemic … For a game like melee, whose life blood and source of life as a competitive scene is based around tournaments that happen in person … [Slippi] was the only chance Melee had to live during the pandemic, ”he says in his video.
Hbox acknowledges the fact that gamers are essentially navigating away from Nintendo hardware to appreciate this particular game, but the feeling then begins to flow as he raises his voice and asks, “WHAT IS THE ACTUAL POINT TO DO THIS ?! WHY DO YOU TAKE THE WAY THIS COMMUNITY IS LEFT? WHAT SHOULD BE RECORDED? “
You will hear his full rant via the embedding below. Smash Bros. action is still continuing this weekend when the Smash Summit (featuring the Melee game on Slippi) started today.