Rivals of Aether hit Early Access in late 2015, offering a pixellated take on the classic (and modern) Super Smash Bros. formula. What's that formula, you ask? A bunch of cutesy characters beating the ever-loving crap out of each other, is what the formula is.
The game launched out of Early Access today, which means it's feature complete. If you've been playing during the Early Access period, the game's single-player components will be of most interest, since they're making their debut. For everyone else, the game boasts a 1v1 or 2v2 Versus mode, a Story mode, a wave-based Abyss mode and Online Versus. There's also a Tutorial and Practice Mode for newcomers.
Here's a trailer to get you in the mood. The game is $14.99 on Steam.
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