Top 10 Best Super Smash Bros Players of All Time

The Super Smash Brothers franchise is perhaps my favorite video game franchise of all time. I’ve been playing the series ever since my brother and I got a GameCube with Super Smash Bros Melee when I was about four years old. I’ve played Melee, Brawl, and Ultimate and consider myself a pretty solid Smash player. However, when doing my research for this article, I soon learned that I am not as good as I thought. Competitive Super Smash Bros is one of the most popular forms of eSports in the world, and many talented players make up the competitive community. In this article, I’m going to be taking a look at the best competitors in Smash history, regardless of which game in the series they play.

1. Mew2King



Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman, also known by the abbreviated “M2K”, is a professional Smash player who has been competing in the competitive circuit since 2005. He has been ranked Top 5 in the world in nearly every Smash game, which is a testament to how good this guy is. He has competed in hundreds of tournaments in his career in every Smash game ever released, including Super Smash Bros for the 3DS, a game that isn’t as popular as its console counterparts. M2K has accumulated over $279,000 in his career from tournaments and is still competing at the highest level in the world to this day.

RankNameGamer TagTournament WinsEarnings
1Jason ZimmermanMew2King320$279,813.96

2. ZeRo



Gonzalo Barrios, better known by his gamer tag “ZeRo”, was perhaps the best Smash player in the world before his retirement only a few weeks ago. He has competed at the highest level in every Smash game released but is most known for being the best Super Smash Bros 4 player of all time. Using his mains of Diddy Kong and Sheik, ZeRo won an unprecedented 56 consecutive tournaments of Smash 4, a feat that may never be accomplished again. He has seen great success in other Smash games as well, most notably Brawl. ZeRo’s career earnings total to about $179,000. Although he has stated that he is done playing Smash competitively, ZeRo could come back, as this is something he has done before.

RankNameGamer TagTournament WinsEarnings
2Gonzalo BarriosZeRo184$180,871.29

3. Armada



Adam “Armada” Lindgren is a professional Smash player from Sweden and is considered the best player in Europe. Armada began playing Smash in small tournaments in Europe before he finally made a name for himself in the competitive Smash community in 2007. He placed 4th at a national competition in Sweden and began getting invited to big Smash tournaments across the world. His best years came in 2011 and 2012 when he won both the Melee singles and doubles tournaments (alongside Mew2King) at Apex, one of the biggest annual Smash tournaments in the world. Today, he is a semi-retired Melee player and still competes in Ultimate tournaments. Armada’s total career winnings eclipse over $300,000.

RankNameGamer TagTournament WinsEarnings
3Adam LindgrenArmada119$313,314.09

4. Hungrybox



Juan Manuel DeBiedma, better known as “Hungrybox”, is a competitive Smash player best known for using Jigglypuff. He is considered the best Jigglypuff player in the world and has competed in tournaments for every Smash game using the character. His unique defensive style of play with the character increased Jigglypuff’s tier ranking and made the character more respectable in the competitive community. Hungrybox competes professionally in every Smash game except Brawl, in which he is retired. He has made roughly $340,000 in his career using the puffy, psychic Pokémon.

RankNameGamer TagTournament WinsEarnings
4Juan Manuel DeBiedmaHungrybox130$342,446.67

5. MkLeo



Leonardo Lopez Perez, known as “MkLeo” on the Smash Bros circuit, is considered the best Smash Ultimate player in the world. Leo broke out onto the competitive Smash scene in 2015 when he won Smash Factor 4, the biggest tournament in his home country of Mexico. He began traveling to the United States to compete in tournaments in 2016 and quickly became one of the best in the game. However, his best gameplay was still yet to come. Today, he is the top-ranked Smash Ultimate player in the world, most often using Joker in competitive tournaments. His calculated and aggressive style of play has helped him reach the Smash world’s peak and made him over $200,000 richer from winning tournaments.

RankNameGamer TagTournament WinsEarnings
5Leonardo Lopez PerezMkLeo122$205,081.69

6. Isai



Joel Alvarado, better known by his competitive name Isai, is considered by many to be the greatest Smash 64 player ever. He was one of the first competitive Smash players and helped shape the sport into what it is today. He began his career by playing Smash 64, the first installment of the game franchise. When it comes to this version of Smash, Isai is virtually unmatched in skill. He has won dozens of tournaments in his career using his mains of Pikachu, Fox, and Jigglypuff. Isai even traveled to Japan in 2006 to play some of the top competition in that country. However, his skill level was unmatched by his Japanese challengers. Isai also played Melee professionally until he retired from the sport in 2007.

RankNameGamer TagTournament WinsEarnings
6Joel Isai AlvaradoIsai15$28,147.97

7. Nairo



Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada is a top professional in Brawl, Smash 4, and Ultimate. His mains are Meta Knight, Zero Suit Samus, and Palutena, respectively. He began competing at the highest level in 2012 at the age of 14 and gained national recognition when he placed 3rd in Brawl at Apex 2012. In 2015, he ended ZeRo’s 56 tournament win streak by defeating him twice at the MLG World Finals in perhaps one of the most stunning upsets in Smash history. He has made over $122,000 in his career and will continue to be one of the best in the game for a long time, as he is only 23 years old.

RankNameGamer TagTournament WinsEarnings
7Nairoby QuezadaNairo92$123,589.84

8. Mango



Joseph Manuel Marquez, known by his gamer tag “Mango”, is a professional Smash player whose best game is easily Melee. Mango was ranked as the 3rd best Melee player in the world by MPGR in 2019 and ranked 1st amongst Melee players in Southern California. He made a name for himself in 2007-2009, playing as Jigglypuff in Melee. Mango played a massive role in upgrading the character’s status on the Melee tier list. He is also regarded as perhaps the greatest Falco Melee player of all time. Mango was placed first at some of the biggest tournaments in the world and has made over $177,000 in his career.

RankNameGamer TagTournament WinsEarnings
8Joseph Manuel MarquezMango79$177,946.54

9. Ken



Ken Hoang is one of the first pro smashers that broke out on the scene when he began playing the original Smash on the Nintendo 64. He is a Marth main and has been so ever since his debut at Tournament Go 4. He is still somewhat active in the smash community, but for the most part is retired from the competitive circuit. He was one of the most dominant Melee players in the world from 2003-2007 before taking a five-year hiatus from competition. He has made over $53,000 in his career and even appeared as a contestant on CBS’s Survivor in 2008.

RankNameGamer TagTournament WinsEarnings
9Ken HoangKen41$53,474.10

10. PPMD



Kevin Nanney, known as PPMD in the competitive Smash community, is one of the “Five Gods” of Melee and is considered a legend of the sport. He is currently considered a semi-active player, as he has been on a hiatus from competitive play since 2017. His most notable tournament win was when he defeated Armada in the 2015 Apex Finals, using only Marth for its entirety. Although he is currently no longer competing in the top tournaments, PPMD has said that he would like to return to be a spectator/commentator at these events. His career earnings total just over $37,000.

RankNameGamer TagTournament WinsEarnings
10Kevin NanneyPPMD45$37,055.50


Frequently Asked Questions

How many installments are there in the Super Smash Brothers franchise?

Five. There have been five games in the Smash franchise: Smash 64, Melee for the GameCube, Brawl for the Wii, Smash 4 for the WiiU, and Ultimate for the Switch. All of the games are played competitively; however, the Smash community’s two most popular are Melee and Ultimate.

Who is the best smash player of all time?

Mew2King. M2K has been in the game ever since the beginnings of Melee and has been a prominent figure in the Smash community for years. He has been ranked in the top 5 of nearly every Smash game and is one of the “Five Gods” of Melee.

Who are the Five Gods of Melee?

The Five Gods of Melee are the five best Melee players from the period of 2008-2013. These five players helped change the way competitive Melee is played and dominated every tournament they played during these years. These five players were Armada, Hungrybox, Mango, Mew2King, and PPMD.

Who is the best Ultimate player in the world?

MkLeo. After ZeRo retired from the competitive Smash world, it is clear the MkLeo is the best in the business when it comes to Ultimate. He has won over 26 tournaments in the game and was ranked 1st in the Fall 2019 PGRU, a list that ranks the best Ultimate players in the world.

Who is the best Melee player in the world?

Currently, the best Melee player in the world is Hungrybox. To this day, he still consistently finishes at least in the top 5 of nearly every tournament he enters. He is the best Jigglypuff player in the world and uses him consistently in tournament play.

What are the biggest Smash tournaments in the world?

The biggest Smash tournaments in the world are EVO and SmashCon. Both events take place each year and are the hardest tournaments to win, as the best players from all over the world come to compete in them. In 2019, MkLeo won 1st place in Ultimate at both events.

What is the most represented game franchise in Super Smash Bros Ultimate?

Super Mario. The Mario franchise has nine different playable characters in the game. These characters are Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Bowser, Bowser Jr., Dr. Mario, Piranha Plant, and Rosalina and Luma. The Pokémon and Fire Emblem franchises both have eight playable characters respectively.

I’ve been playing video games ever since I can remember. I first began gaming when I got a GameCube when I was 4, playing games such as Super Smash Bros Melee and Madden 07. Today, I enjoy playing sports games, Smash Bros, and the occasional combat strategy game.

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