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Smash Bros clone Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 gets a handsome sequel in 2023

Updated: Jul 28, 2023

The developers actually listened to feedback about the first Nickelodeon fighting game

Nickelodeon All-Stars Brawl 2 Handsome Squidward
Image: Nickelodeon / GameMill Entertainment

Smash Bros clone Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 gets a sequel in 2023

The developers actually listened to feedback about the first game

For decades, the Super Smash Bros series dominated a very specific game type of the fighting game community. Where most fighting games were head-to-head, with health bars at the top of the screen, and standardized, Smash turned the FGC title into a party game.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate was a defining moment, bringing back every single fighter that ever appeared in the series, plus many more. It was clear that the crown was ready to be handed off when they started to wind down development, though.

Once other developers saw that development and support were both coming to an end, new titles were announced with the same genre of fighting game. Many major IPs have made attempts to capture Smash’s magic. Nickelodeon was one of them with Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

The title was, as the younger generation would say, “mid”. It had promise but fell short of expectations. Claiming Smash’s crown wasn’t going to be easy.

When the game dropped, it didn’t have voice acting at launch. For a game with a roster full of well-known cartoon characters, that was strikingly weird. While the gameplay and controls were pretty good, the entire game felt more like a quick cash grab than a serious threat to the throne.

The developers, Ludosity and Fair Play Labs, as well as the publisher, GameMill Entertainment, took all of the feedback to heart. Today, they announced a sequel to the title, aptly named Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2.

IGN got the early scoop for the game, and boy does it look 1000x better. The trailer makes a point to show off voice acting and even directly compares its visuals to the original game. They want fans to really know that they learned their lesson.

They also showed off two new fighters joining the fray. You’ll be able to brawl has both Squidward (from SpongeBob SquarePants, if you’ve lived under a rock like Patrick for decades) and Jimmy Neutron (from, well, you get the idea).

The game has a single-player campaign, too, where you have to stop the plans of Danny Phantom villain Vlad Plasmius.

The trailer didn’t have a release date tied to it, with a release window of "Fall 2023". But, it’s going to be on every major platform when it comes out.

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