Welcome the next installment of my year-long look back at a decade defined by its extremes. Rap versus grunge; mullets versus pixies; Saved by the Bell versus NYPD Blue – the 1990s had it all, and then some. Every other week I’ll be reminiscing about some facet of the 1990s, potentially drowning in some ill-forgotten nostalgia despite my best efforts otherwise. Serving as inspiration is an utterly ridiculous but nonetheless intriguing list created by Huffington Post — 1990 Things from the 90s to End the Nostalgia Once and for All – and I’ll be using a random number generator to pick each week’s “topic.” So don’t have a cow, man, if I ask you to talk to the hand while take this sweet ride through the 90s. Word to your mother.
Week 11: HuffPost list #1801 – “Super Smash Bros.”
Why did they stick Super Smash Bros. in quotes? All I can picture is someone doing air quotes while sarcastically and dramatically saying y’know, like “Super Smash Bros.,” bro. And why would anyone do that? WHY, I ask?!
Could it be, like, a 90s meme or something? Not that we had “memes” in the 90s, but that’s a more suitable choice for quotation marks.
Anyway. Questionable grammar choices aside, as far as things went fro Nintendo, the 90s ended on what can only be described as a “high note” (okay quotation marks there too and I promise to stop now) with Super Smash Bros.
And that’s all I can say about that.
Because of all the things that I did in 1999, playing Super Smash Bros. was not one of them.
I won’t bore you with my “tales of woe” (seriously LAST ONE), and will only state for the record once more that the only Smash Bros. game I ever played was Melee on the Gamecube. We did not bond.
But again, never mind me and my terrible life choices. Just a couple months back, the original Super Smash Bros. celebrated its twentieth anniversary. No small feat, right? And, as fans know, this isn’t one of those games that was churned out year over year. Over the course of the past twenty years, players have received five…count ’em: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 SSB games. I’m approaching this fun fact from the standpoint that since 1985, Nintendo has released thirty (or thereabouts) Mario Bros. games. Looking at this fighting Mario spin-off (and its Kart-racing sister series), it’s interesting to consider just how Nintendo has placed Mario’s chips over the years. Do we have too many Mario platform games and not enough Mario fighting games?
It’s a question I really don’t know how to answer.
From what I’ve read of the latest release of SSB for the Switch, Ultimate, fans are pretty pleased. There are hundreds of levels, a towering roster that rivals that of any fighting game that I’ve ever played, a whole host of different game modes, and a well-maintained professional side in esports. For a relatively young game, Super Smash Bros. has quite the pedigree. And I’m certainly not only to argue it.
So there y’go. Happy 20th birthday, Super Smash Bros. For your 21st, please be sure to drink responsibly.