There is no doubt that Smash Brothers is one of the most beloved series of games of all time. Each time a new Nintendo console is announced, the next question is “when is the new Smash Bros game coming out?” Then the next thing fans do is barrage Nintendo on social media asking for new characters to play as. Smash Brothers brings together everything that is great about Nintendo and their games. While most fighting games at the time were following the basic side scrolling two fighters with health bars, Smash Brothers changed it up. Rather than count your health downwards, Smash Brothers counts it upwards. Instead of killing you when you hit zero, the higher your health, the further you fly, and you die when you fly of the screen.
Nintendo finely craft every title in the Smash Brothers series, painstakingly buffing out every flaw in the game before they release it. They bring together characters of every imaginable title in an effort to make the game a truly enjoyable one. From their flagship characters like Mario, Donkey Kong, and Link to more obscure choices like R.O.B., Roy, and Mr. Game and Watch, to even long-gone rivals of their games like Sonic. Nintendo brings together old and new to make a video game fan’s dream come true. Nintendo is even allowing fans to vote for who they want in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS.
The flood of responses they have received have varied across the board. Some are asking for silly choices, such as Goku, Batman, or even Master Chief. However the more level headed responses range from Shovel Knight, King K. Rool, and Ridley. I Personally voted for Paper Mario and Skull Kid to make it in. Even Phil Spencer of Microsoft voiced desire for seeing Banjo and Kazooie make it in.
This series shakes things up in more ways than just offering a unique play-style. It can spark interest in games, old and new. No doubt Phil Spencer wants Banjo and Kazooie in Smash Brothers to garner publicity for the franchises to which his employers own the rights. When it was announced that Roy from Fire Emblem was only in the Japan version, there was an outcry for people wanting him in the US version. Lucas’ and Ness’ inclusion in the series has sparked interest the Mother/Earthbound series and has left fans long awaiting a release of Mother 3.
Every time Nintendo releases a new installment in the Super Smash Brothers series, it sparks change, big and small, in the gaming world. From the desire for a new game featuring a character in Smash Brothers to a drive in sales in an upcoming game, Nintendo has the power to change the landscape of gaming every time a new Smash Brothers game is released.