With the first official footage of the new Smash Bros having been unveiled at E3 a few days ago it only seemed appropriate to feature the star-studded crossover fighting game in this week's Versus. Though the Smash Bros series began as an experiment that no-one over at Nintendo put much faith into it's become one of their flagship franchises, and most gamers are chomping at the bit to get their hands on the next installment.
Similarly, Capcom's Vs series began as a curious cross-promotion for Capcom and Marvel to show off their coolest characters, and now there are a loyal contingent of gamers who live and die by the Vs name. Both series are about taking your favorite characters and smashing them together to see who'll win, so let's take these two titanic crossover titles and see which of them comes out smashing?
CAPCOM'S VERSUS SERIES
Best Game: Marvel vs. Capcom 2
Biggest Loser We Wish They'd Stop Including: Roll
Character Who Went From Relatively Unknown to Fan Favorite: Strider Hiryu
Most Lack-Luster Game: Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars. TvC's a pretty decent game, but the awful Wii graphics and strange cast comprised of characters most Americans have never heard of make it lack the punch of the other Vs. games
SUPER SMASH BROS
Best Game: Super Smash Bros Melee
Biggest Loser We Wish They'd Stop Including: Jigglypuff
Character Who Went From Relatively Unknown to Fan Favorite: Ness
Most Lack-Luster Game: Super Smash Bros. This game is still great, don't get us wrong, but its comparably small cast and gameplay options make it more lack-luster compared to the other Smash games. That, and its graphics haven't aged very well.
Winner: Super Smash Bros
Capcom's Vs. series has a lot of amazing games in it, but, when it comes to consistently delivering a good time, Smash Bros is king. Hardcore fans may bemoan Brawl for some oddities added to it, but universally it's a pretty well-loved game. Like any Smash Bros title, you can break it out for a group, grab some controllers, and have some crazy, ledge-grabbing, Mario-smashing fun.