Smash Bros. celebrates its 20th anniversary, Sakurai and Nintendo share messages

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#1 Posted by onesiphorus (2685 posts) -

Super Smash Bros. is celebrating a big milestone today. As it is already January 21 in Japan, the series is now twenty years old.

Series director Masahiro Sakurai has been at the helm since the beginning, and had a few words to say about the occasion on Twitter. He passed along the following message:

“Smash Bros. is 20 years old today! Over these 20 years, I’ve seen so many people enjoy this series in so many ways – at home, at hangouts, at conventions, even in business offices! Development has always been hard on me, but I’m supremely happy. Thank you so much for playing.”

Nintendo itself also had a message for fans, writing:

“Also on this day: the first “Super Smash Bros.” went on sale 20 years ago (on January 21st, 1999). It’s thanks to all of your loyal support that we’ve been able to keep this series going even today. Thank you so much!”

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#2 Posted by Ovirew (8608 posts) -

I didn't know it was the 20th anniversary of SSB!

I've actually been thinking about possibly getting the Switch again, in part because of Ultimate.

Melee was the first one I owned personally, got it on its launch date. I think the series was at its most balanced in the original N64 game, but that was probably due to having a smaller roster.

There's no denying how well Sakurai's team has done jam-packing as much content as possible into each of these games, they really are a love-letter to Nintendo fans.

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#3 Posted by judaspete (2769 posts) -

Jesus Christ, there are kids in college younger than Smash Bros. I better start looking into retirement homes.