Super Smash Bros. Director Masahiro Sakurai Tweets Heartfelt Thanks to Fans on the Series' 20th Anniversary

Super Smash Bros. Director Masahiro Sakurai Tweets Heartfelt Thanks to Fans on the Series' 20th Anniversary

The main man behind Super Smash Bros wants to say "thanks."

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."

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.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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