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Release year: 1999 | Players: Multiplayer | Developed by HAL Laboratory
Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo 64)
Super Smash Bros. (AKA 大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ Dairantou Sumasshu Burazāzu in Japan) is a 3D fighting video game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by the big N for the Nintendo 64 console in 1999.
The Nintendo 64 system was famous, or some would say infamous, for having little to no decent fighting game titles in its roster of games. Despite ports of popular games like Mortal Kombat, the console was still lacking in a title that drew in the sort of crowd that loved to beat each other up.
This machine made up for a quantity with quality in terms of fighting games. The one fighting game most people remember and love from the Nintendo 64 is none other than Super Smash Bros. Today, a new iteration of the game is made for each of Nintendo’s new platforms and is practically a staple in company’s roster.
The reason why the game is so popular is because of how well it works on the Nintendo 64. Most fighting games never really worked well on the N64 because of its controller layout.
Super Smash Bros. was a hit because it made proper use of the controller of the Nintendo 64. It was easier to pull off combos and move around the screen considering the fact that the game was developed with the controller in mind.
The visuals and the audio of the game are very typical of Nintendo’s philosophy in game design. It has that cute and colorful feel to it that can endear both the young and the old while giving it a vibrant energy that makes it so engaging and exciting to play.
The gameplay of Super Smash Bros. would live on in its sequels with little to no changes. It’s very easy to pick up, but has a learning curve that will generously reward players who spend a lot of time playing it.
Like Mario Kart 64, Super Smash Bros’ success can be mainly attributed to how it’s designed to make it a party game. Up to four players can fight it out in a single round battle royal.
Super Smash Bros. is a different breed of fighting game where each round is a chaotic mess that will often leave players wanting to play one more round. It’s a great pick for retro gamers since the controls are very simple to pick up and is a solid choice for those looking to have a good time either playing the game by themselves or with family and friends.
Super Smash Bros. has been ported to Nintendo 64 (this version), GameCube, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U.