Happy 20th anniversary, Super Smash Bros.! A paltry two decades ago, Nintendo's blockbuster fighting game came to the N64 boasting a humble roster of eight initial characters and four unlockable guests. The series gained considerable momentum across its four additional releases, and now it's pretty much one of the biggest franchises in gaming history.
Smash series director Masahiro Sakurai took to Twitter over the weekend to offer genuine thanks to fans old and new. "Smash Bros. is 20 years old today! Over these 20 years, I’ve seen so many people enjoy this series in so many ways – at home, at hangouts, at conventions, even in business offices," Sakurai tweeted on January 20 (translation via "Lugia2453" from the Nintendo subreddit). "Development has always been hard on me, but I’m supremely happy. Thank you so much for playing."
本日『大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ』が20周年となりました!20年ものあいだ､激しく楽しく遊ばれたのを､たくさん見てきました｡いろんなお家､集まり､大会､同業者のオフィスなどでも｡もちろん制作は大変でしたが､とても幸せなことだと思います｡遊んでくれてありがとうございます｡— 桜井 政博 (@Sora_Sakurai) January 21, 2019
The latest entry in the Smash series, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, received rave reviews over the holiday and sold millions of copies within days of its release. That's not surprising. Not only is Smash Bros. Ultimate's gameplay rock-solid, but it's became a tremendously fun showcase for the best moves select third party characters can offer, and its presentation—especially its enormous jukebox stuffed full of remixes—is top-tier.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate isn't ready to flick on the lights and send everyone home, either. The party rages on this year with new DLC characters, including a real wildcard: Joker from Persona 5.