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The next Super Smash Bros. Melee documentary, Metagame, will premiere on Twitch in December. Producer Travis “Samox” Beauchamp revealed the news in an announcement trailer on November 23. The production process for the documentary lasted more than five years.
Metagame is the sequel to The Smash Brothers documentary, which released in 2013. The Smash Brothers focused on some of the best players in Melee’s early history. These included Ken Hoang, Christopher “PC Chris” Szygiel, Christopher “Azen” McMullen, Joel Isai Alvarado, and Daniel “KoreanDJ” Dung.
Conversely, Metagame will focus on the five gods of Melee and their tournament performances from 2008 to 2015. The five gods are Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma, Adam “Armada” Lindgren, Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman, Joseph “Mang0” Marquez, and Kevin “PPMD” Nanney.
The Metagame Smash documentary announcement included the launch of a website. It details the five gods and William “Leffen” Hjelte, as well as including information about tournament results from 2009 to 2020. According to the website, only six non-gods won a major tournament with at least one god in attendance during that time period. They were Leffen, Justin “Plup” McGrath, Zain Naghmi, Jeffrey “Axe” Williamson, Justin “Wizzrobe” Hallett, and Daniel “ChuDat” Rodriguez.
The significance of the Metagame Smash documentary
The Metagame documentary is expected to have a huge impact on the competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee scene. When The Smash Brothers released, it introduced a large number of players to competitive Smash for the first time. The community affectionately refers to those players as “Doc kids.” The most prominent Doc kid is Zain, the Summit champion who is also the frontrunner for No. 1 in the world.
Many community members expect Metagame to bring many new competitors into the scene, just as the first documentary did. This is especially possible given the current prominence of Slippi. Slippi makes Melee more accessible than before, since players can compete without a GameCube or CRT.
The Metagame Smash documentary will include eight episodes. The first three episodes will premiere on twitch.tv/metagame at 5 PM ET on Friday, December 11. Three more episodes will debut at the same time on December 12, and the final two will debut on December 13.
Dylan Tate is an alumnus of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.