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15 Years Of Super Smashing

Eric Parra |
January 21, 2014 | 10:18 p.m. PST

Tech Editor

The pic of the day for the 15th anniversary, "You can switch between controlling the Luma alongside Rosalina or away from her. (Justpushstart/Smashbros.com)
The pic of the day for the 15th anniversary, "You can switch between controlling the Luma alongside Rosalina or away from her. (Justpushstart/Smashbros.com)

Yes, if you have had anything to do with video games in the last 15 years, these words may resonate with you. In even the smallest way. Hardcore and casual alike have always been able to set aside their difference for a quick Smash pickup on the weekend, and what better reason than the 15th anniversary of a beloved franchise fighter?

Today is officially the 15th year since Super Smash Bros. came out on the Nintendo 64, marking an upward trend in  franchise brawlers, but none quite like the original. What separated this game from the rest (other than finally being able to duke it out with Pikachu and Donkey Kong, scratch that one off the bucket list) was that it wasn’t a traditional two-player standard fireball throwing contest with some punches and kicks mixed in, but a four-person insanity match that also happened to include fireballs with punches and kicks mixed in.

But it was different. Damage went up instead of health going down and the ring out versus knock out strategies made the game more fun for people to pick up rather than stress over like in more competitively driven fighting games. The added benefit of using memorable characters to answer the everlasting question of who could beat up who in a fight was also a plus that shouldn't be ignored.

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Unfortunately, Nintendo doesn’t seem so keen on celebrating this momentous day, and has only responded with a daily update picture (which they have been doing for a while if you haven’t been checking the Smash site). Today’s was a new attack screenshot from the recently announced Rosalina for the next Smash Bros to come out later this year for the Wii U and 3DS.

Until then however, be sure to celebrate the anniversary with a few rounds of your favorite Smash title and this original commercial that quite possibly got you hooked in the first place. At least it did for me.

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