A picture in the IGN guide to Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Super Smash Bros. (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ, Dairantō Sumasshu Burazāzu?, Great Melee Smash Brothers) is a series of fighting games published by Nintendo, featuring characters from established Nintendo games. The gameplay differs from traditional fighters for focusing on knocking opponents out of the stage instead of depleting life bars. The original Super Smash Bros., released on January 21, 1999 in Japan, April 26, 1999 in the USA and Canada, and November 19, 1999 in Europe. The game was released for the Nintendo 64, had a small budget and was originally a Japan-only release, but its domestic success led to a worldwide release. The series achieved even greater success with Super Smash Bros. Melee, released on November 21, 2001 in Japan, December 3, 2001 in the USA and Canada, May 24, 2002 in Europe, and May 31, 2002 in Australia. The game was released for the Nintendo GameCube, becoming the best selling game on that system. The third installment, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, was released on Wii on January 31, 2008 in Japan, March 9, 2008 in North America, June 26, 2008 in Australia, and June 27, 2008 in Europe. Although HAL Labs has been the developer of the first two titles, the third game was developed by a cooperation of different developers. The fourth installment, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, was released in September 13, 2014, October 2, 2014 in Germany, October 3, 2014 in the USA, Canada, and Europe, October 4, 2014 in Australia, July 24, 2014 in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and September 10, 2015 in South Korea. It was the first Smash Bros. game to be on a portable console. Its Wii U version was released on November 21, 2014 in the USA and Canada, November 28, 2014 in Europe, November 29, 2014 in Australia, and December 6, 2014 in Japan making it the first Smash Bros. game to be initially released in the USA and Canada rather than Japan.