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Life Lesson in . . . Super Smash Bros.?

John Rowland

Posted on June 16, 2018 22:25

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(NOTE: This piece is given to us by a special friend.) Ladies and gentlemen, the news is broken: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is set to come out on December 7 for the Nintendo Switch, and the hype is real. While countless fans are excited about what's in store for them, others are not so satisfied. But maybe, just maybe, there's a valuable life lesson to be learned here.

Well folks, it appears there's no word of a new Donkey Kong representative yet, but that's not this article's topic.

With the return of all veterans from every previous installment of Super Smash Bros., along with the inclusion of Inklings and the long-awaited Princess Daisy & Ridley, and so much more, Ultimate truly lives up to its name, and we have much to be grateful for. However, despite the lot we have now, it seems there are followers who want even more additions, and others who are downright discouraged.

Not surprisingly, with a new Smash game usually comes a plethora of newcomer requests, including King K. Rool, Bandana Waddle Dee, Decidueye, Rex & Pyra, Isaac, Geno, Shadow the Hedgehog, Rayman, Banjo & Kazooie, Shovel Knight and so on. Needless to say, given how full the roster currently is, not every order will be filled. Many fans are already disappointed to see certain characters as assist trophies rather than playable fighters--the most notorious case being Waluigi. On top of more newcomers, some hope to see specific game modes, such as Smash Run, Boss Battles & Break the Targets, but most of all, Adventure Mode/Subspace Emissary.

While it is indeed very satisfying to see our favorite characters make the cut, as well as having several game modes available, that's really not what Smash is about. Instead, it's about admiring the crossover between numerous universes, and taking the opportunity to enjoy a little friendly competition. No matter what amount of material is present, it's important not to lose sight of the chief purpose of Smash. And of course, let's not forget that it all began with a kick in the leg.

It's been almost 20 years since we had only 12 characters, 10 franchises & 9 stages in Smash, and now look where we are--a variety of over 65, 30 & 80, respectively, yet the demand for more persists. While it's only natural to desire more content, we should consider ourselves lucky that everything seen so far is confirmed. Heck, it's distinctly possible this could be the final installment of Smash we see, hence the name Ultimate. In any event, it's amazing Smash has become this prominent, and it's vital to appreciate it while it's still around.

So, whatever awaits us in the final product of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, regardless whether any wishes for specific content we may have are granted or not, why not take a minute to remind ourselves of what sparked up all the excitement in the first place, and how fortunate we are that Smash has come this far and lasted this long? Especially with Thanksgiving & Christmas set around the same time as the release. After all, the saying "Count your blessings" exists for a reason.

In conclusion, although not everybody will be pleased, Masahiro Sakurai and his team continue to work like dogs to produce quality content. And from what's been observed thus far, it's fair to assume Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be the experience of a lifetime.

John Rowland

Posted on June 16, 2018 22:25

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