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Number Four - Super Smash Bros/Melee/Brawl
Just about everyone has played this series. I’m sure everyone has a little story like the one I’m about to tell you involving this game.
The thing about Super Smash Bros is its wide appeal. It’s essentially a staple for anyone who owns a Nintendo 64, GameCube, or a Wii. I’ve never walked into someone’s house who owned one of these and not seen a Smash Bros game. They might as well bundle it with the console!
Enough preface, it’s story time.
About seven or eight years ago, my Grandma moved away from her old house in North Dakota. I was quite sad, because I realized I’d never see that house again - I had a bunch of memories there. Across from this house lived an average family. They had three kids: a girl, and two boys. Now, I was a bit shy, so I typically ignored them whenever I saw them. However, one day, I think I was forced into going over to their house. I stood around, awkwardly, in their living room area, not knowing what to do or say. Then, I spied a Nintendo 64! Saved! We immediately hit it off, and started talking as if we had known each other forever. Of course, they had Super Smash Bros. So, we popped that in, and started playing.
That’s the thing about Smash Bros (and video games in general). They connect people. It doesn’t matter if the game’s good or bad - it’ll break the ice anyway.
I played with them almost every day since then. That is, until my Grandma moved.
You’ve probably experienced the hype surrounding the Smash Bros series, if you have a Nintendo console.
Super Smash Bros Melee came out, and, like everyone else, I went out to buy it. Like everyone else, I played it and loved it (I’ve never met anyone who hated it, but I’m sure they’re out there). Like everyone else, I unlocked every single character. Since it was such a popular game, you could hear someone say “Man, it was awesome! Last night, I totally unlocked Darth Vader in Super Smash Bros!” and believe them. Then you’d try it out, and find out they were just lying.
I bought four Wavebird (Wireless) GameCube controllers in preparation for Brawl. They weren’t selling them anymore, so I had to search on ebay. (Two points in a row for ebay.) I was ready. It would be awesome.
That’s right. Your dream game just went to a whole new level. With the addition of online multiplayer (albeit hindered by Friend Codes), this was set to be a game for the books.
And it was.
I think I still get Christmas cards from those kids back in North Dakota.
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Previously in this series:
Intro, Number Five
Do you have any games that created a feeling of togetherness between you and someone else? That helped you break the ice, or just have fun?