To an outsider the Super Smash Bros. series may seem like an unbalanced cacaphony of unrelated characters beating the snot out of each other. According to the latest episode of PBS's Game/Show, that's exactly why folks love it.

Did you know there was a fancy term for creating something out of a collection of otherwise unconnected things? It's "bricolage", a term I'll probably never use again. I prefer "remix culture". It's something comic book readers have been hip to for decades and video game players have been enjoying since the days of X-Men Vs. Street Fighter. There's something magical about mixing together two established properties, even if there's no deep exploration of new relationships happening.

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That's what the Super Smash Bros. series taps into. Between mixing up characters and presenting them in an unabashedly unbalanced manner I get the sudden urge to turn on my Wii U and forget whatever I was just writing about.

What do you think? Did Game/Show nail it, or is there some other element to Smash Bros. success?