Anniversary: Super Smash Bros. Melee Launched 20 Years Ago Today In North America

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Making everybody right here at Nintendo Life really feel painfully historical, at the moment marks the twentieth anniversary of Super Smash Bros. Melee’s launch in North America.

Only the second recreation within the sequence, following on from the unique Super Smash Bros. on N64, Melee would go on to develop into arguably essentially the most beloved entry within the franchise, lengthy after its eventual sequels got here and went. Its North American launch got here simply a few weeks after the Japanese launch, with Europe having to attend till the next May.

Featuring a roster of 26 characters (which sounds surprisingly missing in comparison with the ridiculous lineup present in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on (*20*)), the sport wasn’t with out its flaws, but it surely’s unimaginable to disclaim that it is nonetheless an ideal option to spend a night even at the moment. It’s a significantly iconic launch, too – loading up the sport’s title display screen sends nostalgic shivers down our spines, and we’re reliably knowledgeable by some younger ‘uns that the “Choose Your Character” announcement is on the centre of a TikTok development. Whatever meaning.


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Do you’ve fond recollections of Super Smash Bros. Melee? Uni nights spent taking part in into the early hours? Family gatherings stuffed with intense Stock matches? Let us hear ’em within the feedback under.


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