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Life Lesson in . . . Super Smash Bros.? Extra

John Rowland

Posted on December 7, 2018 01:18

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(NOTE: This piece is given to us by a special friend.) When it comes to Super Smash Bros., life can be a thrill beyond imagining, or it can be the most demoralizing disappointment, especially if you hope to have certain requests fulfilled. But regardless of where you fall in between these two extremes, there's one key thing that's vital to keep in mind at all times: Move on, and move forward.

Well folks, here we are again. Surprised? Boy, I am. Anyway, the wait is over; Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has officially launched! So . . . now what?

So I've been thinking, and something struck me. As insane as it sounds, maybe some hopes & dreams are meant to die. Now that's not to say you should never pursue your ambitions, but if something just isn't meant to happen, it's crucial to recognize any indications that say so. Otherwise, odds are you'll only end up hurting yourself. After all, what did Mr. Sakurai say again? Oh yes, this.

Ironically, although I had demands for Ultimate as much as anybody, my main wish was that Smash fans would open their eyes to an alternative ticket to happiness, and maybe give Mr. Sakurai his well-earned break. I didn't realize it until recently, but the truth is, I'm the one who needs to wake up from an absurd & childish fantasy, and seek another source of joy. Fortunately, I know just the substitute to help me turn over a new leaf, who shall go nameless. That being said, I'll still watch gameplay occasionally, but that's it.

Truthfully, even if my wish for Ultimate had been granted, I still wouldn't purchase a copy. Why not? Because, I don't need it. I've already had the experience of a lifetime with Smash, and am perfectly content with those glory days remaining as just memories. And I daresay, if I were to die tomorrow, I could die knowing I had a good run not only with Smash, but with life altogether.

So what have we learned up to now? Let's recap:

First, we learned to appreciate what's already given, and to look back on humble beginnings.

Second, we learned to look for any possible bright side when unfortunate circumstances arise.

Third, we learned how dangerous it can be to raise high hopes when nothing is guaranteed.

Fourth, we learned that nothing is perfect, but sometimes, it's imperative to make do with what's available.

Finally, we learn that no matter what happens, it's absolutely mandatory to continue moving forward, even if it means letting go of something or someone near & dear.

I'll say it one last time: Super Smash Bros. is a crossover of friendly competition, not a wishing well. Masahiro Sakurai & his team have truly outdone themselves, and Ultimate is a masterpiece that deserves all the love & attention it can get. And supposing Ultimate is the final installment of Smash we see, then by golly, let's enjoy it like it is!

So will this really be the last Smash game ever? If not, what can be expected for the next installment? Will Waluigi ever be playable? Will I, this secondary writer, find another game, character or other topic to talk about? All good questions will be answered in due time. For now, I definitely enjoyed writing & sharing this series, and I do hope we've learned something worth remembering. Heaven knows I did. On that note, I wish everybody a smashing holiday.

John Rowland

Posted on December 7, 2018 01:18

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