I get a lot of people asking me how to learn the basics of Melee. Here’s some essential resources for learning how to play Melee:
This video is a great rundown of the basic mechanics, in an order that is good for beginners:
This video is probably the best place to start, it lays out most of the advanced techniques that are still in use today. Some of the terminology is a bit outdated, some of the topics like DI aren’t explained in as much detail as they should be, but it’s still a pretty good guide overall. If you’ve NEVER played before, pay attention to the in-game how-to-play tutorial shown at the beginning of this one.
This channel is SSBMtutorials, it has tutorials for a ton of characters on a great variety of topics. It’s made by a top player and goes into a lot of detail.
This thread links to videos that show every advanced technique for every character in the game with the inputs for that technique on-screen.
This channel contains “trials” videos for the top tier characters (and Captain Falcon for some reason) showing you basic techniques you can practice in training mode that will help you understand your character better.
This is an article I wrote that explains in depth how the entire grounded movement system in Melee works:
This is another article I wrote about how the grounded neutral game tends to work in Melee:
This last one explains how all the recovery systems in Smash Bros work:
This page links to every characters’ hitboxes and framedata:
This is a compendium of practically everything you could ever want to know about smash bros.
Directional Influence is a subtle mechanic that isn’t explained very well in most tutorials online, here’s some pictures that explain it.