Super Smash Bros. Melee has had a huge following surrounding it since it first released, so much so that the game continues to have a presence at fighting game tournaments to this day. There’s a good reason for that, too, as the Gamecube title has the potential to throw out hugely exciting matches. One such example came recently, where a player pulled of an incredible match win right at the death – with a single frame of play separating defeat from victory.
The bout came during the loser’s finals at CEO Dreamland, where two powerhouses of the Super Smash Bros. Melee scene came up against each other. There, Jason ‘Mew2King’ Zimmerman and Juan ‘HungryBox’ Debiedma each only had a single life left with the score tied at 2-2 each, with Zimmerman as Fox and Debiedma as Jigglypuff. Things were looking bad for Zimmerman, having been knocked off the side of the stage.
However, Zimmerman was able to pull of a major turnaround. Fox managed to dive for the corner of the map ahead of Jigglypuff, and in doing so took a vital split second of invincibility. This moment of invulnerability coincided with Jigglypuff’s backward-aerial attack, saving Fox while at the same time allowing the Zimmerman to take control of the stage and condemn Debiedma to defeat. Those interested in checking it out can see it via a Twitch clip, which can also be seen below.
It’s a phenomenal way to win a match, and it in fact came down to the smallest of possible margins. This was then verified by Smash rankings consultant PracticalTAS over on Twitter, confirming that Debiedma was a single frame of data away from taking victory from Zimmerman.
Smash tournaments regularly include moments of excitement such as this, and so it’s no surprise to see the long-running success of games such as Melee among the community. Another recent example of a stunning match came during the recent 2GGC: Civil War event, where veteran player Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios was bested by newcomer Luhtie.
Of course, the Super Smash Bros franchise has seen a couple of releases since Melee. Should the Switch eventually allow for Gamecube emulation, however, then Melee is definitely one of the 10 Gamecube games we want on Nintendo Switch.