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Super Smash Bros. is one of the best-selling franchises in fighting game history. And although there are a lot of fighting game fans who find it boring because they don’t consider Smash a fighting game, it didn’t stop Smash Bros Ultimate to be one of the best-selling games on the Nintendo Switch.

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But sometimes people want to try something new. And there have been a lot of platform fighters and four-player brawl games over the years that weren’t even created by Nintendo. Some of them are not very good, while others are fun to play even if they are not rated well. And then there are other fighting games for those who think only Nintendo can master the platform fighting genre.

ten Brawlhalla has over 50 fighters with many crossovers


Launch of developer Blue Mountain Games and publisher Ubisoft Brawlhalla in 2017, and it has been going strong since. The title now features over fifty different characters, each with their own unique weapons and stats. The game is played a bit like Super Smash Bros, where the players all try to knock over each other. Brawlhalla popularity has allowed him to crossbreed with over a dozen different franchises, including Ben 10, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Kung Fu Panda. With a vibrant fan base and plenty of characters available, there’s no better time to get started in this franchise.

9 Rivals of Aether allows players to blow up the stage as part of the strategy

Aether rivals

Aether rivals was released in 2017. Developed by Dan Fornace, the game was originally intended to be similar to Super Smash Bros. But there are some pretty significant changes between this game and Smash Bros. For starters, each character has special moves and abilities that not only attack the enemy, but affect the scene, making it harder to find balance. It also doesn’t allow players to simply gain the advantage if they’ve been blown away, making the game faster and more dangerous.

8 Nickelodeon All-Stars Brawl brings together characters from multiple Nick franchises

Nickelodeon Star Brawl

Nickelodeon Star Brawl is the last attempt for the throne. The title was announced earlier in 2021 ahead of its October launch. Originally developed by Ludosity and Fair Play Labs and published by GameMill Entertainment, Nickelodeon Star Brawl is a very … correct game.

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It features characters from decades of Nickelodeon cartoons, from Rugrats‘Reptar in the cast of Sponge Bob SquarePants. An even bigger problem is that, despite the gameplay, things like music and character voices are missing, leading to an experience that isn’t as fun for people who prefer more than just gameplay.

seven Slap City has a small but unique roster

slap the city

Before the developers on Nickelodeon Star Brawl released this game, they were on the battle platform slap the city. Another platform fighter, the game begins with eight unique characters who all have their own special playstyles. Typically, up to four players are allowed in World or Online matches. This game is really a complete package because it also includes a brand new stage mode which allows players to play basketball while fighting. And there’s even a story mode for when fans are looking for something less upscale.

6 For Honor is unlike any other fighting game on the market

For honor

For Smash bros fans, they are already in a different genre of fighting game than what is normally on the market, and there are certainly very few games as different as Ubisoft’s. For honor. The idea is that there is in a world where several different factions throughout history all exist in the same place and are at war with each other: the Knights, the Vikings, the Samurai and the ancient Chinese faction Wu Linen.

Each has several different fighter archetypes that have their own unique way of fighting. The game allows for four-on-four, two-on-two, and one-on-one matches which means there is a lot of variety available.

5 Brawlout combines characters from other indie titles for a new platform fighter


Angry Crowd Games’ fight basically took the idea behind the Smash Bros. crossovers and asked, “But what if this gets done with all the indie titles?” The list is filled with characters from other more popular franchises like Guacamelee and Yooka-Laylee.

They all fight differently, but the goal with fight was to make it welcoming to veteran players and complete noobs. This game got off to a rough start, but the continued work on it pushing it towards a 2.0 update seems to have made it a more entertaining experience.

4 Override: Mech City Brawl is a four player brawler with giant robots

Skip Mech City Brawl

Tired of fighting with regular people and video game mascots? Take it to the next level with Override: Mech City Brawl, where players control giant robots. Override goes all out to deliver a giant robot fantasy, with a dozen different and more playable mecha hats added via DLC.

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Players can travel to different locations and destroy them with their massive mecha battles. There are plenty of customization options available for gamers to make any robot of their choice feel like theirs. And there’s even a cool co-op mode where everyone controls a different part of the robot.

3 Towerfall Ascension fought with a bow and arrows

Ascent of the Chute de la Tour

Takesuper smash bros and pass it through a pixel-art filter, then give all the characters bows and arrows and the result is Fall of the tower: Ascension. Developed by Maddy Thorson, Tower Fall was originally a single player game which was extended outward. The game involves players trying to kill each other using bows and arrows, dodging their opponent’s arrows and collecting them to replenish their own supply. It comes with dozens of maps and a ton of ways to customize every match so nothing is ever the same.

2 Punch Planet is a sleek and well-designed 2D sci-fi fighter

Planet punch

Planet punch is nothing close to a platform fighter – it’s as traditional a 2D fighter as they come. It is developed by three developers who went out of their way to create a deep fighter with an in-depth sci-fi story. The game’s narrative takes the player to multiple planets and has them encounter multiple alien races along the way. So what makes this game appealing to Smash fans?

The same thing that makes it appealing to any gamer is that it’s a great game. It’s well designed mechanically and it has a lot of styling for its characters and combos, and there is no player anywhere who don’t like something like that. While the title is still in Early Access, it has a small but passionate and welcoming fan base for anyone keen to get in.

1 Dragon Ball FighterZ has a lot of action on top … and Goku

Dragon ball fighterz

Smash fans don’t have to automatically love every platform fighter, especially when there are so many other options available. Dragon ball fighterz maybe not the traditional one Smash bros fun, but he’s the only character Smash fans have been clamoring for in Goku. Has it ever had it—six different variations of the character, nothing less. Dragon ball fighterz is overkill in its own way, with absurd combos, gorgeous graphics, and affectionate anime references that combine to make it one of the best fighting games of the last generation.

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