As many who have played any Super Smash Bros. game may have witnessed, battles you engage in can get pretty hectic. Now imagine a group of several hundred people trying to play the newest addition to the Super Smash Bros. game series as one character, which is not coincidentally exactly what is going on right this very moment on the popular livestreaming website TwitchTV.
The person(s) behind the massively popular channel ‘TwitchPlaysPokemon’, known for its viral livestreaming event sharing the same name, decided to launch a stream where they let fans control the game by entering commands into the stream’s chat. As with every social experiment they have held until now, uncontrolled mayhem ensues, resulting in very interesting battles spanning from victory in online ‘For Glory’ matches to basically immediate failure. Alongside these interesting matches there are (sadly) quite a few inevitably boring games, alongside terribly long periods of time where the chat fights over what to select in the menu, character select screen and so forth.
Just like Pokémon did, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS works very well alongside the TwitchPlays concept taking into account that there are so many different variables incorporated into the game, including, for example, moves, items and characters. Although not the most popular, I believe it to be the most original idea the creators have come up with up to this point apart from the original concept and execution of TwitchPlaysPokemon.
The stream currently has little over a day left before they introduce the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Demo into the stream, so check it out while it lasts!