How You Know You're Old: Super Smash Bros. Is 15 Today

There are, probably, very few people who have a living memory of Mario kneecapping Yoshi in this advertisement and who are not old enough to vote. It's the famous spot for Super Smash Bros., which 15 years ago today released as a Japan-only novelty and exploded into one of Nintendo's best-loved series.

Super Smash Bros. launched for Nintendo 64 on Jan. 21, 1999 (the same day the defence rested in President Clinton's impeachment trial in the Senate. Remember that?). Smash Bros. was the brainchild of Masahiro Sakurai, and Satoru Iwata, today president of Nintendo. Both men worked for HAL Laboratory in 1999; Super Smash Bros. scratched an itch for both: Sakurai wanted a fighting game different from the 2D standard which had oversaturated the genre, and Iwata wanted a game that could be played by up to four players locally. The inclusion of an ensemble cast from Nintendo's stable of characters was almost a lark, thrown in to differentiate characters during the prototype's development. When Nintendo approved the uses, the series acquired its most distinct appeal.

When Super Smash Bros. sold very well in Japan, Nintendo hustled out a cartridge for western markets and had it on shelves in North America in four months. For a series introduced 15 years ago, it has comparatively few sequels — one for GameCube in 2001 (Melee) and for Wii in 2008 (Brawl), with a highly anticipated fourth edition arriving this year for Wii U and 3DS. Sakurai continues to lead development of the series.

Of the characters confirmed for this year's release, Donkey Kong, Fox, Kirby, Link, Luigi, Mario, Pikachu and Samus have appeared in every Smash Bros. title to date.


    SSB is 15?! WUT?! I WAS FIVE?!?!?

    That's some cray shit right there.

    Last edited 22/01/14 5:09 pm

    I hate when people talk about being old and stuff. Especially when they start talking about being too old. I still remember friends and people around me saying that they're too old to go out to a bar and drink, stay up for LANs, etc. When they we were still 20.

    Hell, I'm 26 now and I still don't feel like I'm old for anything.

      You're too old to shit your pants in public and not get weird looks.

    I remember first reading about Smash Bros. while avoiding participating in my high school athletics carnival for that year. It was in a Hyper magazine my friend had brought along with him, and had a single tiny screenshot about the size of a matchbox of Samus sighting Pikachu in the Saffron City stage. Still have my original copy with its box sitting up on my shelf.

    Oh piss off, the Atari 2600 didn't come out until I was 2, that's proper old not like you young old whipper snappers!

      Yeah. 15 years ago is ancient history? WTF? I'm a commodore Kid or should that be Commodore geriatric?

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