Smash Melee professional players are finally banning the controversial practice of “wobbling.”
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate might be the biggest and best Smash game to ever hit a Nintendo console, but there are still groups of fighting game enthusiasts out there that prefer Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo GameCube.
Why? Well, some just prefer the way the game was balanced back in the day. Others prefer Melee’s somewhat faster gameplay and the old-school GameCube controller (although you can easily find similar controllers for the Nintendo Switch, or buy an adaptor if you absolutely must use your old controller).
But there was one thing from Melee that has been somewhat controversial amongst the professional Smash scene: wobbling.
What is “wobbling,” you ask? It’s a term coined for a certain move that can be performed by everyone’s most hated Smash character, the Ice Climbers. By grabbing the opponent and desyncing the two Climbers’ movements, the opponent can be kept in an infinite damage combo and then easily dispatched by a simple tilt attack.
Here’s a good example, in case you wanted to see it in action.
The term was coined by a famous Ice Climbers player named Wobbles who saw the move being used by Japanese Melee players and incorporated it into his own arsenal. Since then it’s been seen at top level play and has even become a pejorative term in other Smash games for any kind of infinite damage combo.
Wobbling was removed from Smash Bros. by the time Brawl came about, although it was replaced with an infinite throw combo that accomplished the same thing.
But it remains in Melee, to the love/hate of its professional players.
Or has it? Reddit threads have begun popping up that are now saying that certain state organizers are banning the practice. One reported that Tennessee was first to ban wobbling, although, in keeping with the name, that report wobbled back and forth until now it seems the initial report was based on a joke taken too seriously.
Wobbling banned in Kentucky for the foreseeable future. I encourage other scenes to take initiative as well otherwise change will never happen.— Dark Reeve (@ReeveIsMe) February 7, 2019
On the other hand, it looks like Kentucky has banned the practice outright, with Austin Reed reporting such on his Twitter feed. He hopes that other tournament organizers will follow suit and ban wobbling both nationally and across the globe.