The Super Smash Bros hype train has been at an all-time high since the release of Super Smash Bros Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch. The game lived up to the hype and deserves the 13 million-plus sales it has already generated. Whenever a huge game like this is released new fan games are likely to sprout up. I recently researched and played many fan-made Smash Bros games for PC. Most of which were terrible, but a few great games stood out in the bunch and are worth playing. In this article, I list the best Super Smash Bros fan games and MODs released so far. I have also included download links to each game. If you have any useful information to add, please leave a comment!
5. Super Smash Land (PC)
– Created By: Dan Fornace
Super Smash Land won’t appeal to all Smash Bros fans because of it’s an homage to classic Game Boy games. This is literally what Super Smash Bros would look like if it released for the original 8-Bit Game Boy. The content is limited just like Game Boy ports of classic mainstream console games. You’ll start off with only 4 characters to play as including Mario, Kirby, Link, and Pikachu. Another two characters (Mega Man & Vaporeon) can be unlocked.
The combat is fluid and plays like a retro Smash game would. An up to 4 player local vs mode is included if you have some friends to play with. Personally, I had the most fun with the standard Arcade mode. Overall, if you don’t mind retro graphics and gameplay, give Super Smash Land a try. It’s definitely a unique one!
– More Information & Download
4. Super Smash Bros. Clash [MUGEN] (PC)
– Created By: Merk & MUGEN Community
Super Smash Bros. Clash is built entirely on the PC MUGEN 2D fighting engine. The MUGEN engine is usually used when creating Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and KOF fan games, so I was surprised to see a high-quality Smash Bros game being developed on the engine. This game is already impressive considering it’s a work in progress. The developer has changed and added characters to the roster in every version released and has added tweaks to the gameplay. I love the current crazy 70+ roster of fighters included. Mario, Master Chief (Halo), Paul (Tekken), Crash Bandicoot, Goku (DBZ) and many more all in the same game is a dream come true. At least for me, the roster is a dream. But for some, it might be a nightmare lol.
Overall Super Smash Bros. Clash is a good game but it still needs some work. There are character balancing issues and some of the stages could use some extra polish. The developer continues to update this game regularly so hopefully, it blossoms into an amazing fan-game.
– Download Version #4 – May 6th,2019
– Checkout Merk’s Youtube channel videos for the latest game updates.
3. Super Smash Bros. Crusade (PC)
– Created By: Project Crusade Team
I have encountered Smash Bros nerds in forums arguing about which Smash fan game is better, Super Smash Bros. Crusade or Super Smash Flash 2 (SSF2). I prefer SSF2 because it has more modes and the gameplay feels better. Super Smash Bros. Crusade is no slouch though, it’s also amazing. Super Smash Bros. Crusade definitely has a crazier roster and all around better art and graphics than SSF2. Super Smash Bros. Crusade’s roster is large with over 73 characters to play as. But I wonder why some of these characters were included, like WeeGee, Gooey, Tingle, and a few others but at least they play well.
Overall Super Smash Bros. Crusade is one of the best fan games available for PC. I would recommend playing both Super Smash Bros Crusade and SSF2, so you can decide which one you like better.
2. Super Smash Flash 2 (PC Flash)
– Created By: McLeodGaming Team
Super Smash Flash 2 is an awesome fan-made Super Smash Bros game built on the popular web browser plugin Adobe Flash. Apart from being one of the best Super Smash Bros fan games ever created, Super Smash Flash 2 is also one of the Best Flash games ever created.
Besides the character roster, it seems the developers did everything they could to make Super Smash Flash 2 feel like an authentic Smash Bros game. All expected modes from official Smash games are here. It even has an online mode that works wonderfully! The game currently has a roster of 44 characters. A lot of anime character additions can be found here like Naruto, Goku, Luffy and more. The characters are all balanced and the stages accommodate them well. Even though graphically the game looks a little aged I love the 16-Bit inspired pixel art designs in the characters and stages.
Overall I don’t see how the developers could have built a better Super Smash Bros game using the aged Flash engine. I have played Super Smash Flash 2 for years, and apart of me wanted to rank this #1 on the list. It’s definitely a must play!
– Play It Online Here!
– PC Standalone Downloads
1. Project M (SSB Brawl MOD Wii, PC)
– Created By: Project M Team
Project M isn’t actually a fan-game per se, but a fan-made MOD created for Super Smash Bros. Brawl on Nintendo Wii. Project M changes many gameplay elements and mechanics of Brawl to feel and look more like Nintendo Gamecube’s Super Smash Bros. Melee. As a result, you’ll still be playing Super Smash Bro Brawl with the more technical and balanced gameplay of Melee. Also two original Melee characters Mewtwo and Roy return in Project M.
Project M has opened up a large number of different MOD builds for Brawl based around its code. A few years back Project M’s popularity grew so much that Nintendo took action on the project and took it offline for a while. Sometime in 2017, it seems the ban was lifted. Even today support for Project M and related MODs continue to be developed.
If you own a copy of Super Smash Bros Brawl for Wii, you might consider giving this MOD a try. It’s absolutely fantastic and the best fan creation to ever come from the Super Smash Bros community. No wii hacking (Hackless) required, just click the Wii installation setup guide link below if you’re interested in playing it.
Note: For PC users you’ll need to download the Dolphin Wii Emulator, you’ll also need the Wii SSB Brawl Game ISO (I won’t link the ISO file, search torrent sites/Google), and watch this video on how to install Project M using Dolphin emulator with mods.
* Other Awesome SSB Brawl MODs *
Many SSB Brawl fans enjoy the following mod builds!
Super Smash Bros Infinite – This adds a lot of new crazy characters to the Super Smash Bros Brawl’s roster. However, this build doesn’t have the best-balanced gameplay. Some of these new characters are overpowered. – Video Gameplay
* Honorable Mentions *
The following games barely missed our top list. If you’ve enjoyed some of the games above these might be worth a try also.
Super Smash Bros. Universe Final (PC): Created By cherrim98 – One of the older fan games on this list. It’s fun to play and has a huge roster of characters. The art style is mediocre though and the game is unfortunately full of bugs. If you’re craving even more Smash, give it a try.– Video Gameplay.