Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Junior Contributor I
The Unbeatable Smash Brothers
Why are Nintendo games so hard to replicate? Smash Bros, in particular, seems to have created and monopolized an entire genre. With a game that performs so well commercially and critically it’s hard to believe that there aren’t a ton of pretenders, maybe even a couple that enrich the formula! What attempts have been made? Why don’t they work? And what is Nintendo’s secret sauce?