Ahh, I can remember like it was yesterday, (I'm making that up, it's actually pretty vague) my 13th birthday. I enjoyed a nice outing with my family and friends, and all the while I couldn't wait to rip open the two presents on the table. My mind rolled in circles about what was in the delicate wrapping, my mouth watered. Soon enough, I was given clearance to tear off the mocking package, and reveal it's sweet insides. There it was... a brand new Nintendo 64 and a copy of Super Smash Bros. Commence pants pooping.
I didn't know it then, but I was about to embark on a path of gaming excellence. I had never played Smash Bros. before, but the idea enticed me. Later that night, me and some friends got together and smashed for hours on end. There is a certain satisfaction to beating the snot out of your favorite Nintendo characters on famous vistas like Hyrule Temple and Pokemon Stadium. We laughed to the point of crying, and punched each other in the arm as we beat the hell out of each other with bats and swords. It was a really magical feeling.
Years later I got a GameCube and Super Smash Bros. Melee for another birthday. Naturally upon seeing this, I pooped my pants a second time. The thought of bringing back that one fateful night made my heart jump! Melee consumed me and my friends life for months after that. I still play the game til' this day with friends, and I never shut the game off without laughing until my stomach hurts. It is a painfuly polished piece of software that is brimming with care and content.
Here we are now, 2008. Super Smash Bros. Brawl is just around the corner, and the same rush of excitement is invigorating. To me, Melee was good as it was going to get, but oh how I was wrong. Brawl includes a plethora of new fighters, a stage creator, co-op, online battles, and so much more that it makes other games look half finished. Brawl will be a really special game for me as it will collect many nights of little sleep and lots of smashing (just as the other titles did). Memories will be hung on every rung of that game, and I can't really say that about too many games. I can't wait to feel the rush that Sudden Death round, or the satisfaction of smashing someone in the air - this game is going to be frickin' awesome. All I can say now is, I'm ready to Brawl!