Brawl+ is a modification project designed to make Super Smash Bros. Brawl more competitive. Among the first gameplay mods released to the public, Brawl+ has attained some niche appeal amongst the Smash community due to its gameplay changes. With the continuing success of Project M, as well as the end of Brawl+'s development in 2010, however, Brawl+'s popularity has considerably fallen. In its brief popularity as a gameplay mod, however, Brawl+ ended up developing its own, small tournament scene, as seen with Apex 2010 and S.N.E.S..
Brawl+'s latest release, version 7.0.3, was released in 2010, with most of its staff having moved onto development of Brawl+'s spiritual successor of Project M. As such, all development of Brawl+ has since ceased.
"Melee 2.0" controversy
Despite constant disclaimers by the supporters of the Brawl+ project, many critics of the mod refer to Brawl+ as "Melee 2.0", stating that the hackers behind the making of the project are making nothing more than an attempt to "play Melee with Brawl characters and stages". In fact, Brawl+ actually started out as a "Melee 2.0" project, which included basic codes for wavedashing and shield button-triggered L-canceling (two features that were both in Melee, but later removed in Brawl). While these codes have since been removed from Brawl+, the arguments persist, as Brawl's changes to certain moves (such as Rest) have been "undone" to match their Melee counterparts, on top of some physics changes made to more closely emulate Melee, such as higher hitstun and a significantly weakened stale move negation. While most complaints have subsided with the discontinuation of Brawl+ development, the "Melee 2.0" claims continue (and may have been wholeheartedly embraced) in its spiritual successor Project M.
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