This was it. The best selling game on the GameCube, the most played game on the GameCube, the most heavily anticipated game on the GameCube... And now our, officially, best ever GameCube game. Never before this game had one single title devoured so much of our time. The greatest mutli-player game of the generation, it turned a solid enough fighter (The N64 version) into something with a lot more depth, pace and most importantly, love. Not just the clear Nintendo love bursting through every single hole, but there was a sense that rarely come through (Especially in fighting games) that every single member of the development team loved what they were doing.
It was the first great Smash Bros. game. Brawl may be bigger, but Melee was the one that turned it into such a grand ordeal. Plus, the floatier physics means that the skill-luck ratio is more in balance than in the Wii game, where there’s a bit less of a chance for complete novices to beat expert fighters- Ironic considering Nintendo’s new ‘Casual’ market. It may not have the atmospheric single-player of Resident Evil 4 or Metroid Prime, but with the amount of content there to unlock and the literally endless hours of gameplay available to you, we think it deserves to top the list.