When Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl launched on Switch in October 2021, comparisons to a certain Nintendo platform fighter were natural and unavoidable. Heck, we spent our review trying — and admittedly failing — to avoid the obvious similarity to 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 no time 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 while IntroSpective’s comparison is apparently meant not to be taken seriously, it’s clearly intended as 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.