There was something so magical about Smash games before there was online play, especially Super Smash Bros. Melee. You would come home with your friends after school and fight over who got a good controller or who got to be the first player. If you had two working retail Nintendo GameCube brand controllers, then you were the golden example of having rich parents. Normally, kids just had one working GameCube brand controller while any other ones were the cheaper off-brand ones with a slightly messed up joystick.
Nowadays, everything is online, and e-sports have made the Smash franchise really competitive online, but there are still those who embrace their inner adolescence years even though they traded in their gaming couch for a headset and a gaming chair. Let’s take a throwback look at what made Super Smash Bros. Melee on the Nintendo GameCube so magical.
There Was No Online Mode
The GameCube had a limited number of games available to play online. Back then, online games weren’t as prevalent as they were now and that forced face-to-face social interaction with friends. That’s still possible to do with current-generation Nintendo systems, but as we grow older and grow farther apart while taking on relationships, children, and additional responsibilities, we just don’t have the free time or luxury that we used to have.
Soda and chip companies would flourish as we filled the coffee table with junk food as we got the controllers dirty with chip dust and corn syrup, but those were more innocent times. Now we’ve become a bit more health-conscious and traded in greasy potato chips with nuts and dried fruit as we sit alone with online modes keeping us from the pleasure of rage throwing our controllers across the room and scaring our friend on the couch.
Nintendo-Themed Easter Eggs
Easter eggs are placed by developers as hidden messages or images in a game that are hard to spot or take a certain condition to uncover. Nowadays, Easter eggs are a little more obvious, but Super Smash Bros. Melee came at a time when they were a little more prominent in games. In fact, the first Super Smash Bros. only had one Easter egg, and it was just a danger sign. Super Smash Bros. Melee has ten known Easter eggs and honestly there’s probably some that haven’t been discovered. You have to ask yourself how people are eagle-eyed enough to spot these, but when you’ve spent more time blasting Fox with Ness’ PK fire instead of doing homework, then you’re bound to run into an Easter egg or two.
Even though there have been a number of games released in the Smash series since Super Smash Bros. Melee, it remains one of the most beloved titles in the series. Even after almost two decades it still has a large following. Even though it was initially released as a casual party game, it’s gained steam over the past decade as one of the premier games in fighting tournaments. The EVO fighting game tournament featured Super Smash Bros. Melee for some time before moving up to newer entries in the Smash series. From Japan all the way to Europe, people played Super Smash Bros. Melee competitively. People who used to just sit around on their couch all day while playing through single-player with their friends to get up to the Final Destination level. There was just something so innocent about the game at the time. Even though it wasn’t the first in the Smash series, Super Smash Bros. Melee will always have a place in our hearts.