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The Smash Brothers

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The Smash Brothers DVD cover. Clockwise from the top: Ken, Isai, Azen, KoreanDJ, Mang0, PC Chris and Mew2King

The Smash Brothers is a 9-episode documentary series produced by Travis "Samox" Beauchamp. The series was released in October 2013, shortly after what was then the largest Melee tournament of all time: EVO 2013.

The series focuses on seven professional smashers who were active in the 2003-2013 period, labelled by the documentary as the greatest Melee players of all time: Azen, Isai, Ken, PC Chris, KoreanDJ, Mew2King, and Mango. The documentary additionally describes the origins, growth and metagame of the Melee competitive scene, and community efforts to keep the scene thriving into later generations of video game consoles, beyond the discontinuation of the GameCube.

The series thus covers the "Golden Era of Smash" (2003-2008), which is told over seven episodes, with the remaining two episodes detailing the community's history in the lead-up to EVO 2013. This history is told through primary sources, particularly video footage and photographs from the period, as well as interviews of several members of the Smash community who were active at the time.

The entire series is available for free on YouTube, including a remastered version released in November 2013. It has been credited with a surge in Melee's popularity since its release, with some members of the community labeling the incoming generation of players as "Doc Kids".

Episodes[edit]

The Smash Brothers Episodes
# Title Remastered Tagline Highlighted Smasher
1 Show Me Your Moves Link The world of competitive Melee is introduced through a sting operation. N/A
2 No Johns Link The Master of Diversity takes on the King of the West. Azen
3 Don't Get Hit Link The showdown between Ken and Isai. Isai
4 The King of Smash Link The Era of Ken. Ken
5 Revolution Link A new challenger arises. PC Chris
6 Paper Cuts Link The master of overkill rockets to the biggest stage in Melee history. KoreanDJ
7 The Robot Link One thing above everything else: Perfection. Mew2King
8 The Natural Link The story of FC Legacy. Mang0
9 Game! Link Melee returns to its rightful place. N/A

Production[edit]

The Smash Brothers logo. Left to right: Azen, Isai, Ken, PC Chris, KoreanDJ, Mew2King and Mango. Art by Jeffrey Beauchamp.

The documentary was produced over two years[1] for a total budget of $12,000. Around $7,000 was driven by community donations, including $4,000 through a Kickstarter campaign.[2].

Smashers interviewed[edit]

Amsah Armada CAOTIC Chillin ChuDat DoH Drephen Eddie
HugS Hungrybox Iggy Isai Jv3x3 Ken KoreanDJ Lucky
Mango Mew2King milktea Mofo Morgue OTG PC Chris PPMD
Prog Sago SFAT Solid Jake UnknownForce Wes Wife Yeroc

Other Episodes[edit]

Metagame[edit]

Metagame is a documentary series follow-up that covers the "Five Gods of Melee," funded with a Kickstarter of $34,583.[3] On November 23rd, 2020, a trailer released, along with the announcement that the series would premiere on Twitch on December 11th-13th, 2020.[4] Episodes 1-3 aired on December 11th at 2-5 p.m. PT, Episodes 4-6 aired on December 12th at 2-5 p.m. PT, and Episodes 7-8 aired on December 13th at 2-4 p.m. PT.

'Doc Kids'[edit]

Doc Kids are the new generation of players who, as Tafokints put it, "basically represent people who got into the game after Aug 2013 in light of the Smash Documentary". With the end of the documentary based around EVO 2013, the tournament marked the dawn of a new age in Melee. The media interest in the event as well as the documentary helped draw in members to the Melee community almost exponentially. Fiction theorized that - given 3 years of directed effort - a player could reach 'top-100' status. This has been proven by several players who began playing post-documentary, namely;

  • Zain (The first 'Doc Kid' to win a major tournament, doing so at Shine 2018. Began playing in May of 2014 - Ranked 6th on the 2019 MPGR)
  • iBDW (Began playing in Spring 2015 - Ranked 9th on the 2019 MPGR)
  • Captain Faceroll (Began playing in September of 2013 - Ranked 17th on the 2019 MPGR)
  • Ginger (Began playing in 2014 - Ranked 21st on the 2019 MPGR)
  • Spark (Began playing in January of 2014 - Ranked 22nd on the 2019 MPGR)
  • ARMY (Began playing in 2015 - Ranked 26th on the 2019 MPGR)
  • AbsentPage (Began playing in August of 2014 - Ranked 27th on the 2019 MPGR)
  • Albert (Began playing in April of 2014 - Ranked 37th on the 2019 MPGR)
  • FatGoku (Began playing in 2013 - Ranked 39th on the 2019 MPGR)

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