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EW debates: Can 'Smash Bros. for Wii U' earn the franchise new fans?

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Can Super Smash Bros. for Wii U create new fans, or is the game catering exclusively to players who have spent hours in the Nintendo arena?

EW attempts to answer that question in Game, Set, Match, as EW.com writer Joshua Rivera, EW.com intern Jonathon Dornbush, and senior associate art director Aaron Morales debate the pros and cons of the series. Is Smash just a nostalgia trip? Can button mashers learn dive into the game’s complexities? Is there more than the novelty of seeing Mario fight Pikachu in Donkey Kong’s jungles?

Surprisingly, not everyone can become a fan of Smash Bros. This may be a hard truth to accept for longtime players, but for those hoping to convince their friends of how fun the sheer insanity of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U can be, take note of EW‘s attempt to persuade some staffers of that notion.

Granted, all three players do lose to a computer-controlled character in the first round, so maybe some of the panel is just bitter. The varying viewpoints, however, demonstrate one important truth about the latest Nintendo all-star fighting game—the franchise is just as fun as it’s ever been for those who enjoy the fan-fiction-turned-real-game’s ludicrous but exciting gameplay.

But for the few friends players may have hanging around who can’t quite enjoy the experience, the Wii U version unfortunately may not do much to sway their opinions.