@Mesoian: I see where you are coming from but I think their is enough depth to melee when you focus on skillful one on one fighting to be entertaining. Both to play and to watch. Even if there are only a handful of legal stages and many of the characters are rarely used. 8 of which I can think of that are tourney viable. That may be different now a days, never payed attention to melee in a while. Which is not out of line for top tiers in fighting games. How much variety do you really see in AE? Not that much more.
To me smash has always been a game you can play however you want. I enjoy the tourney style and playing 300% sudden death matches with bumpers only. Not also competitive players look down on other styles of play. It is also a great 2 on 2 player fighter. The best their is really. How do you figure it is a terrible fighting game when you play it that way? It is just such a fun game that plays like no other out there and has hype as well.