Although I often sing praises of the NES and Super Nintendo, I think my gaming career came to a peak in the late 90s and early millennium. The PlayStation was still sputtering out timeless JRPGs, the Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 ignited the most impressive generation shift in history, Pokemon proved it had extra legs with Yellow Version and the Game Boy Color releases, and all of my favorite classic franchises, and even a few new ones from my favorite Japanese developers, were still pushing the limits of video games.
Oh, happy times. Where have you gone?
It was also a time when Nintendo finally started winning me back with a savvy little console called the GameCube. I was one of the Nintendo denizens who fled to follow his favorite third-party companies back during the great migration from the Nintendo 64 to Sony’s new CD based console in the mid-90s, but with the GameCube, Nintendo had something I just had to play.
Super Smash Bros. was a nice little fighting game experiment on the Nintendo 64, but not one I think is worthy of being labeled a “masterpiece” or a “classic.” Those titles instead go to Super Smash Bros. Melee, the game which truly honed in the potential of this series and made it a mainstay of the Nintendo lineup. For some, it has been seven years since they played a new Super Smash Bros. on a console, but seeing as I skipped out on Brawl, this Melee video has me absolutely pumped to jump back into a series a whole 13 long years later!
From single player affairs during awkward high school days, mentally fused together with my obsessive bouts of SaGa Frontier, to late night benders with college roommates, Super Smash Bros. Melee was a staple of my gaming routine for nearly a decade, even after its console’s successor came and went. It’s one of the few GameCube games that followed me to Japan, it introduced me to my beloved Fire Emblem franchise, and only after feeling confident in this new game do I feel its time to retire it.
My sweaty, dirty summer of mowing lawns to save up for a GameCube and a copy of this masterpiece has more than paid for itself, I think.
Of course, it’s not the end. Melee has the fortune of being on a disc, so its publishers can’t just flip the switch off whenever it feels it has outlived its usefulness. Even if this new Super Smash Bros. proves to by as revolutionary as it looks, I’ll still always keep my cute purple box and tiny CD around for whenever I need a reminder of the franchises’ roots.
That being said, this new opening video is excellent, and I can’t wait to see more! Compare it to Melee’s below, and let me know what you think. Maybe it’s the nostalgia talking, but wow. The new intro is pure gameplay, which is nice, but sometimes you just need those awesome glamour shots.