Super Smash Bros. (ニンテンドウオールスター!大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ Nintendo All-Star Dairantō Smash Brothers in Japan) is a video game released for the Nintendo 64 in 1999. It achieved wide popularity, in part due to a low number of unique fighting games on the N64, as well as its frantic multiplayer.
Featuring an innovative combat system that encouraged quick fighting and simplistic combos that could be quickly mastered, Super Smash Bros. was unlike most other fighting games in that the object was to knock opponents out of the arena, not to hit them enough to make a health meter run out. As opposed to fighting games that used health meters, Super Smash Bros. used damage percentage, which started at 0 and could go as far as 999%. Taking damage would cause the player's character to be knocked farther away when hit. Therefore, a skilled or lucky player could hold out almost indefinitely.
Containing various areas to battle in, Super Smash Bros. allowed up to four players to battle it out in teams or a free-for-all match, or a single player could simply play an adventure mode against computer-controlled characters in the different stages or one of two practice modes where the player must break targets or board platforms. Super Smash Bros. included "mascot" characters from some of Nintendo's flagship games, such as the Mario, Star Fox, The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong, adding to the "nostalgia effect" for many players.
Super Smash Bros. was followed up with a sequel for the Nintendo GameCube in 2001. This game was Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Link and Yoshi were two of the available characters.
There were twelve characters in Super Smash Bros., all of them drawn from Nintendo history. Eight characters were there at the beginning of the game, and four were unlocked by doing various things in the game.
- Captain Falcon (from the F-Zero series) (appeared as an initial character in Super Smash Bros. Melee)
- Jigglypuff (from the Pokémon series)
- Luigi (from the Mario series)
- Ness (from the Mother series, specifically EarthBound) (appeared as an initial character in Super Smash Bros. Melee)
- It is possible to unlock the Mushroom Kingdom as a playable level in multiplayer. This is a 3-D version of the original world Mario went through in the Super Mario Bros. video game.
- Article on the concert (http://www.nintendo.com/news/news_articles.jsp?articleID=8079)
- Super Smash Bros. Melee website (http://www.planetnintendo.com/supersmashbrothers/)
- GameFAQs entry for Super Smash Bros. (http://gamefaqs.com/console/n64/data/22969.html)
- GameFAQs entry for Super Smash Bros. Melee (http://gamefaqs.com/console/gamecube/data/32502.html)
- Official Nintendo site for Super Smash Bros. Melee (http://www.smashbros.com/battle/index.html)