As a Smash 4 player, one of the hardest things to do is learn every matchup for your character. With 57 matchups to learn, it's a lot of data, and a lot of combing YouTube for video. Enter SSBWorld, a new online database for match footage, both professional and amateur.
SSBWorld only just started gaining traction over the weekend with Smash 4 pro Mr. E claiming his profile, so we caught up with SSBWorld founder Anthony Nelson to discuss his goals for the service and how pros (and would-be pros) might use it to help them prepare.
What do you think a resource like this brings to the Smash 4 scene?
First off, our site gives the players a chance to showcase themselves as a competitive Smasher with their profile pages. Most players have a Twitter account that links to their Twitch account, which links to their personal YouTube account and on and on.
Our Profile page allows Smashers to bring it all together. They can highlight all of their social accounts, but most importantly they can get all of the videos featuring them aggregated onto one page. Videos that are hosted on YouTube by a variety of tournament organizers and streamers.
Second off, our site brings a new level of aggregate data to the Smash scene. Every video is manually tagged to extract the basic data within the match so we can provide player data for records, character usage, how they handle certain stages as well as general game data such as most used characters, character vs character matchup stats and more.
How can people get started if they have replays they want to put on the service?
There are two basic scenarios for getting started. You might have an existing Player Profile if someone added a video featuring you, or perhaps you are not on the site at all. The site uses Twitter for authentication, so anyone can log in with Twitter and from there they can easily claim an existing player profile or create a new player profile.
How has the response been from pro players?
The response has been overwhelmingly positive. People can see both the current value and the massive potential of this growing platform. There are other VOD sites out there, but none of them help collect game data the way we do, and I think we'll be more aggressive with future feature updates to further grow the site and support the pro scene.
We think we have a platform that can help pro players, commentators, competitive players in local tournaments and fans of the Smash esport scene as well.
Do you foresee this being used by players looking to plan for their opponents?
Absolutely. Before any big tournament, there is a run of threads on social networks with people asking "Does anybody know who X is in my pool and who they main?" Hopefully ,we can be the resource that answers that and help people prepare to work through their pools or bracket.
Our site gives you a chance to study both the player or the character vs character matchup. Smash 4 has over 1,700 possible character matchups, so familiarity of every matchup is tough to grasp. Our site will also be able to help people make good choices during the stage striking process, depending on the player or character they are going against.