If I had to use one word to describe Smash Bros., it would be "mayhem." Oh, hey. That's the exact word I'd use to describe a room full of Twitch viewers trying to play a single video game, too. It's almost like Twitch playing Smash Bros. is the perfect combination.
You may know the Twitch Plays Pokémon channel as that place where thousands of people tried to play a single Pokemon game. Right now, the channel is letting players control Smash Bros. for the 3DS—and the results are glorious. Think about it. Smash Bros. matches have so many variables—the number of players, the items, the stages—that regardless of what the player is doing, whatever happens on-screen is always interesting. Watching Twitch playing Smash Bros. a way different experience than watching a character walk into the same wall for 30 seconds, as could often be the case in regular Pokémon streams.
Granted, just as this stream can be hilarious—I just watched a Shulk yell I'M REALLY FEELING IT right before suiciding off Jungle Japes—it can still manage to be frustrating. It's hard to be precise when hundreds of people are trying to control a single character, and it's even harder to actually win a match. I watched the stream have trouble with unlocking Jigglypuff for like an hour, only to go on and defeat Duck Hunt Dog faster than I did in my playthrough. It's nuts! As of this writing, they've unlocked a couple of secret characters already, such as Dr. Mario and Dark Pit. Hopefully this doesn't surprise you, given that characters can sometimes win in Smash Bros. by doing absolutely nothing, but still. The stream is impressive.
Mind, as great as the stream is, it's only an in-between game. In two days, the channel will return to its roots by letting players enjoy the new Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire demo. Here's hoping someone else puts up a Twitch Plays Smash Bros. channel once that happens, because this thing needs to continue existing.