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Game Spotlight: Super Smash Bros.

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17 years later, I still can’t believe that a game like the Super Smash Bros. games exists, let alone it’s been existing for almost two full decades now. A game where characters from multiple franchises fight each other?! That’s the stuff we as kids growing up dreamed of and argued amongst each other. Who would win in a fight? Link or Mario? Fox or Samus? Yoshi or Pikachu? And when the first game in the series was released for the Nintendo 64 in 1999, we got our first chance in finding out the answers to those questions.

I was lucky enough to get this game, one of very few major Nintendo titles I got to own, as most of my N64 collection was smaller, lesser known games, I didn’t own Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, Mario Kart 64, Donkey Kong 64, games of that level. I was lucky to have Goldeneye, Pokemon Stadium and of course, Smash Bros. When I first started playing Smash, I couldn’t believe what I was playing. As a kid of course, it was just super cool to play as Pikachu and somehow kick the crap out of Donkey Kong, or float around the stage as Kirby while the AI opponent didn’t have a clue what to do. But looking back on the game now, it’s amazing to think of how solid a game we got back in 1999, Smash was a fantastically put together game, one that I can confidently say that today still stands up (minus the graphics and even that can be argued) and is still a strong game in terms of mechanics.

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Fast forward to Super Smash Bros. Melee in 2001. If you want an example of game standing the test of time, there you go. There are two newer versions of the game, but when it comes to tournament play, Melee is the choice of all gamers. That’s crazy when you think about it, how many fighting games are there that don’t use the most recent installment in major tournaments? For example, how many games do you think fell into that category at this year’s EVO tournament? Just one and that was Melee. Street Fighter, Guilty Gear, Mortal Kombat, even Marvel vs Capcom, a game people remember for its MvC2 version on classic arcade machines, EVO played the most recent version instead.

But when Smash truly started breaking the fabric of what we knew as gamers was when Brawl came out in 2008. After a seven year wait, we finally got a new Smash game. We were all excited to see all our favourites back, along with a few new characters and–HOLY SHIT, SONIC’S IN THIS GAME?! Not only that, but Solid Snake as well?! It was crazy enough to us as kids having Link and Mario face off, now we were getting the ultimate matchup of all-time, in Mario vs Sonic?! That was unheard of to us and something we all believed would never happen unless one company bought out the other!

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Things only got crazier with the newest game recently released in 2014 where we also added characters like Pac-Man and FUCKING MEGA MAN!!! And then for DLC we also got Ryu from Street Fighter?! Bayonetta?! AND CLOUD FROM FF7?!!! Seriously, if you told me in 1999 when I first started playing Super Smash Bros. and told me that Sonic, Pac-Man, Mega Man, Ryu and even Cloud would be in these games in the future, I’d tell you to get the fuck out of here…and who the fuck is Cloud? I…I skipped PlayStation, so I missed 7-9 until I got my PS2 many years later.

It’s insane in this day and age to also note that this game is playable on a portable device as well and in a decent form. I think we all knew one day Smash would have to be on a Nintendo handheld device, we all just though the first addition would be quite scaled down in size. But Nintendo still found a way to make it work and work well, showing that while they’re making bad decisions with their consoles (in my opinion), they’re still capable of making better games arguably than any other developer in the world right now, at least when Nintendo is trying their hardest.

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I could talk forever about the gameplay in this article, but honestly for me the reason I’m spotlighting this game has nothing to do with the gameplay at all, we all know that the series has always been very smooth to play, always a ton of fun, great for causing shouting matches at parties and breaking friendships. But the Smash series has always meant one thing to me: a series where the impossible becomes possible.

All these characters, all these games coming together in perfect harmony. Matchups we always dreamed of that were supposed to never be possible, we continue to have the opportunity to see more of these amazing things to happen in the future. Maybe one day Master Chief will be pistol whipping Mario, maybe Sora from Kingdom Hearts will face off with Link and see who’s the better swordsman, maybe the games even go beyond the gaming spectrum, Star Wars, Marvel/DC and many other franchises, one day we might see them join the ever-climbing ranks of the Super Smash Bros. cast of characters.

Someday…

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Top 10 Fighting Games

I love fighting games. I’m shit at them, but I love ’em! So this week’s top 10 is going to be all about fighters!

Now the rules are very simple. Since I’d have several Guilty Gear games on this list, it’ll be one game per franchise. That is all, so let’s get crackin’!

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When you take the solid battle system of the recent Mortal Kombat reboot and apply it to the DC universe, you’ve already got a lot of people paying very close attention to what you’ve got. But a phenomenally good story mode, a vast list of playable characters are also contained in this game?! Yeah, you’ve got a solid effort there. And it’s probably the closest you’ll ever get to a good superhero fighting game to rival the Marvel vs Capcom series.

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You can tell I haven’t played a lot of King of Fighters games when Maximum Impact is not far off the list of KoF games I would’ve picked. But ’98 is a solid game, for as much as I remember of it. I can tell you right away who I fought with all the time, either Iori, Ryo, or Mai (of course). The King of Fighters series is probably one I should take a look at again, I remember watching the newest one being played at Evo at it looked fantastic, so I’ve definitely gotta get into that.

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I tried to find a decent picture of the logo, but this is the best I could come up with, shocking isn’t it? Aside from that, I really enjoyed Dead or Alive 2, long before I was really aware of the over-sexualization of the girls (not that I wasn’t looking then). I don’t think I ever played the original version, but rather the version that came in Dead or Alive Ultimate on the original Xbox. While people love to slut shame the Dead or Alive series, you can’t deny just how solid the gameplay is. But I will admit, I totally played schoolgirl Ayane, whipping everyone’s asses.

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As awesome as this game still is, fuck this game! I’m so bad at this game that to this very day I still haven’t beaten Shao Kahn, 100% truth. Holy fuck this game kicks my ass and I know it’s not that hard! Anyways, tremendous roster, probably the best roster the series ever had (if you don’t count Mortal Kombat Trilogy or Armageddon) and one of the most memorable old-school fighting games out there. But still…fuck you Shao Kahn!

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You know a game must be really good when it’s had two more iterations since, both super good, but when it comes to major eSports tournaments related to the Super Smash Bros franchise, they still pick Melee above the others. And for good reason, this game is easily the best SSB game there is. It pains me to admit that, cause there’s so many characters I wouldn’t be able to play, but it’s that good. Another game I wasn’t super good at (cause I’m a game behind before I can be a dick with Sonic), but no matter how badly I’d get my ass kicked, it was fun playing with friends. And it still is.

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I want to put this game so much higher cause that’s how much I love the Persona series right now. But alas the #5 spot is the spot for this game. A bigger roster than the previous game, adding in the remaining Persona 3 characters that didn’t appear the first time, though the addition of Rise as a fighter was not very welcome from me, she never fought once before this game. But anything made by Arc System Works is fucking fantastic and when you mix that with my favourite series right now, you’ve got a match made in heaven. It looks great, plays great and the story mode is super good, if you can handle visual novels of course.

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Okay, okay, okay, okay! I know what you’re thinking. Adam! Why the fuck didn’t you pick Soul Calibur II?! FUCKING LINK, MAN!!! And I get it, I understand. But the third game introduced Tira and I’m sorry, but no fairy boy is going to trump the crazy blue-haired ring blade toting crazy bitch who I am totally not be biased about whatsoever. But I do honestly feel like this game improved upon the already solid Soul Calibur II and made it even better. I love this game Tira!

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A legendary game with a legendary roster. You may never in video games find a more varied, all over the place level of roster with some of the best names in the Marvel universe and some of the best names in all of Capcom’s library. And you take this crazy large roster, give them all very balanced and cool movesets and the gameplay is super solid?! Sweet mother of mystery, give us a chance to collect our jaws up off the floor! This is one of those games that will life on in infamy for a long time, given what it represents in the fighting game chronicles of history. Because being able to kick Hulk’s ass with B.B. Hood is hilarious.

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The sheer number of times I played this game as a kid on my Super Nintendo, holy shit. It’s also the first fighting game I actually managed to beat the final boss in and that’s a big deal to me. You wanna talk about legendary games from the past, this is THE legendary old-school fighting game. Kicked a lot of ass with Cammy (while she showed hers off) and thought nothing of T.Hawk’s stereotypical character. Also slapped the shit out of people as E.Honda. Fuck yeah!

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I will fully admit there is clear bias with this game. It’s not the best fighting game by any means, but it’s easily my favourite. It’s got my favourite art style, my favourite soundtrack and for fuck’s sake you can play as a tiny Japanese girl who fights with an anchor and summons dolphins out of nowhere and fight a large-breasted woman who fights with a guitar, all this while heavy metal is blasting in the background. That’s something you can do in Guilty Gear, you tell me what about that isn’t awesome?! That’s right, you can’t think of a good reason! So that’s why Guilty Gear is my #1 fighting game of all-time.

Heaven or hell…LET’S ROCK!!!