Platform Fighter is an emerging Sub Genre
of Fighting Game
best known from the Super Smash Bros.
series. Unlike traditional fighting games
, platformer fighters provide great maneuverability options and feature mechanically dynamic stages. Since they were designed for home consoles instead of arcade games from the beginning, platformer fighters generally have the distinction of controls that are designed for typical stock home console controllers, rather than the fight sticks used to reproduce the arcade-style experience.
The genre's name was officially coined by the developers of Air Dash Online
to properly describe the mechanically Smash Bros.
-style genre (oddly first known
on this wiki as the Mascot Fighter
), which is infamous among gamers for the controversy of whether it qualifies as a "true" type of fighting game
Though several of these games are known to have party elements such as randomly-spawning items, Smash
's Tournament Play note
and the developments of Project M
and Air Dash Online
led to a recently-established effort to define the sub genre with more hardcore, competitively-viable
Note: While the term Mascot Fighter
refers to crossover fighting games that have non-traditional mechanics, a platform fighter doesn't necessarily have to feature mascots, and specifically exhibits platforming elements.
Subtrope of Free Floor Fighting