How Smash Bros. launched me to my favourite video games – Destructoid



A group weblog by Virtua Kazama
Irrespective of how in depth your historical past with Nintendo is, there’s one thing to be discovered from the Smash Bros. collection, particularly relating to the massive, small, and all the time heartfelt crossovers in Smash Final. It’s a tribute, a historical past lesson, and a kick-ass sport all of sudden. I can positively relate to the sense of discovery that Destructoid common Virtua Kazama has written about on this group weblog, and should you received into Hearth Emblem after Melee, so are you able to. —Jordan
Earlier than Smash Bros. grew to become a factor, I used to be already hip to the Nintendo video games that I performed rising up. Apart from rising up taking part in preventing video games like Virtua Fighter and Tekken, I performed loads of video games from franchises that I do know and love equivalent to Mario, Sonic, Pokemon, Recreation & Watch Gallery, Kirby, and my private favourite one of all of them: Star Fox. I didn’t personal a SNES rising up, however I do recall a time the place I’ve performed video games equivalent to The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong Nation, Wave Race, Pilotwings 64, Killer Intuition… the listing goes on.
Then got here Tremendous Smash Bros., and it opened up a door for me on this planet of gaming.
Smash Bros. has been part of my life rising up because it first got here out in 1999. I used to be eight years outdated after I received the sport for the N64. After I first performed the sport, I knew about Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Star Fox, Donkey Kong, and Yoshi. Nevertheless, I didn’t know something about EarthBound, F-Zero, and Metroid since I didn’t play any of these video games rising up. However it did make me inquisitive about what their video games are like.
I bear in mind one yr later after the discharge of Tremendous Smash Bros., I began taking part in F-Zero X for the very first time. Let me simply say that it made me fall in love with the collection and it left me questioning what the primary sport was like on the SNES. I believed to myself: “From this present day ahead, I’ll play a brand new iteration of Smash Bros. for each Nintendo console I’ll get.”

Then in 2001, I bear in mind getting a Nintendo GameCube for Christmas. I didn’t get Melee till per week after Christmas which opened up much more doorways for me. There have been loads of Nintendo franchises that I used to be inquisitive about and needed to take a look at equivalent to Ice Climber and for the primary time ever: Hearth Emblem. Rising up, it was wonderful to see two characters from a Japanese-only Nintendo launch coming to the West for the very first time. And due to trophies, it launched me to traditional, obscure, and imported Nintendo video games equivalent to Clu Clu Land, Child Icarus, and plenty of others.
I bear in mind after I received into emulation, the primary search I used to be on the lookout for was Ice Climber as a result of their gameplay intrigued me. After which that’s after I discovered about Metroid, EarthBound, and plenty of others simply to see each reference. Hell, I even witnessed traditional F-Zero and Star Fox on the SNES for the primary time!
By the point Brawl got here out, I knew a lot of the franchises that I’ve found whereas being launched to video games that I haven’t received to play but equivalent to Mom 3, Starfy, Customized Robo, and others. That is when my tastes for gaming began to evolve much more to some extent the place I needed to see characters from different video games get into Smash. A few of them just about made the minimize via playable characters and help trophies like Saki from Sin & Punishment and Little Mac from Punch-Out (who later grew to become a playable character in Smash 4). I even regarded up the Satan from Satan World and it was like a Pac-Man sort of sport wherein he controls the display screen whilst you transfer. It was additionally Shigeru Miyamoto’s first console sport after he made a few arcade ones and his solely sport not launched in North America resulting from faith.

Then got here Smash 4. I bear in mind getting hype for Mega Man becoming a member of Smash, plus characters from a number of video games that I already knew equivalent to Pac-Man, Little Mac, even Duck Hunt of all characters. The one character that I wasn’t acquainted with is Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles, since I by no means received an opportunity to play the collection on the Wii. I do recall on the time of the reveal, Chuggaaconroy was doing his Let’s Play of Xenoblade Chronicles, which gave me a greater understanding of how the sport works. I’ve but to play that sport, together with the sequel and aspect video games.
I just about hit a second in my life wherein any character from video games that I often play ended up making it to Smash. When Ryu from Avenue Fighter made it to the roster, I used to be excited to see how he would play in Smash and it went to some extent the place I needed folks to attempt the video games that the characters originated from.
After which got here Smash Final.
I bear in mind after I was watching the E3 presentation for Nintendo, I used to be hype after I noticed the tagline: “EVERYONE IS HERE!” The entire characters from previous Smash video games made their return, whereas we noticed characters from video games that I often play such because the Inklings from Splatoon for instance. And with each character reveal, I get blissful after I see representations from different video games make it into Smash, whether or not they’re a playable character, Help Trophy, or a Mii Costume. Not gonna lie, I used to be truly blissful to see Akira from Virtua Fighter make it to Smash as an Help Trophy, and in his traditional VF1 polygonal look.

Then got here the DLC stuff. Whereas I used to be blissful to see followers get the characters they need equivalent to Joker from Persona 5, Banjo-Kazooie, and Hero from Dragon Quest, I used to be blissful as hell after I noticed Terry Bogard from Deadly Fury/KOF and Kazuya Mishima from Tekken be a part of the roster! I additionally misplaced my collective shit when characters equivalent to Sephiroth from Last Fantasy and Sora from Kingdom Hearts joined the roster, and I not often play these video games.
Smash Bros. launched me to a number of video games that have been obscure, launched in Japan solely, and in addition franchises that I ended up changing into a fan of. Along with that, it helped me introduce folks to video games that they by no means performed earlier than. If you happen to preferred taking part in as Terry in Smash, check out Deadly Fury or King of Fighters since there’s a brand new title popping out quickly. If you happen to like taking part in as Kazuya, check out Tekken. If you happen to preferred Sora, play Kingdom Hearts.
General, in case you are curious concerning the character you play in Smash and the place they originated, don’t be afraid to check out the video games that they got here from. That additionally goes for the Help Trophies and Spirits as nicely. Who is aware of: you may find yourself changing into a fan of the sport’s collection.
Till then… Practice Up, Fighters!