Today, I recap my day 7 of the 10 day video game challenge on Facebook. As a reminder, the games that make this list are not my top favorites, but are the most influential games in my life as a gamer. This article comes out at a good time, as I will be covering the N64 game, Super Smash Bros. With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate about to release on the Switch, I feel it is good to look back at the game that started the franchise.
After getting Pokemon Blue, I was determined to learn as much as I could about the game. I saw an ad at the end of the instruction manual for Nintendo Power magazine, and it looked like I would get more Pokemon info if I subscribed. While I got enough Pokemon tips at the time, I eventually saw an article on an upcoming game, Super Smash Bros. on the N64.
I had previously owned a Playstation, but was somewhat unsatisfied with the collection of unfamiliar characters, and what (in my opinion, at least at the time) were slightly lower quality games. I may have been a bit spoiled with previous Nintendo games, but that was how I was as a kid. When I read that Super Smash Bros. featured many of Nintendo’s greatest characters in a fighting game, I knew I had to get the game.
I eventually wanted to play and own most of the games these characters came from. I didn’t know at the time that Star Fox was made by Nintendo, and only had a passing familiarity with the Legend of Zelda series. I didn’t know who Captain Falcon was, and I even learned who Ness was (this will be fleshed out in the day 8 article, stay tuned!).
Super Smash Bros. was the game that cemented me as a Nintendo gamer. While I am more open-minded to playing other games on other consoles these days, I feel that Nintendo still has the best software, with the exception of some gimmick based games.
Super Smash Bros. was also one of the few games where I found a glitch on my own. Apparently, in training mode, if you set 4 red shells next to the opponent, all in the same spot, then hit both the opponent and the shells at the same time with Samus’s screw attack, Mario’s tornado attack, or Mario’s coin jump attack, something interesting happens. The game will freeze, constantly make the sound effect of the attack, and the opponent will continuously take damage till the red shells vanish. This is a fast way to get to 999% damage on an opponent, and to see which attacks can still knock out at that range. Sadly, I tried to replicate it recently, but to no avail.
Now, instead of listing similar games that I would recommend, I will mention some favorites tied to each character’s series:
- Super Mario World
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
- Pokemon Blue Version
- Pokemon Silver Version
- Super Metroid
- Metroid Zero Mission
- Kirby Super Star
- Kirby’s Dream Land 3
- Kirby Planet Robobot
- Star Fox 64
All in all, Super Smash Bros. was a game that dragged me into Nintendo gaming, and was a great way to share gaming experiences with others.
And that was my day 7 of the 10 day video game challenge. What game would you put on day 7, if you took the challenge? What Nintendo game was your favorite? Was there a game that caused you to favor one company’s titles over the other companies? Let me know in the comments below!