Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. (ニンテンドウオールスター! 大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ), Nintendo All-Star! Great Fray Smash Brothers), often shortened to "SSB", retronymously "Smash 64" or "SSB64", is the first game of the Super Smash Bros. series. As a relatively low-budget game with an unusual concept, there were not originally any plans to export the game outside Japan. Only the game's unexpected popularity led to its worldwide release. It is the only Super Smash Bros. game to be rated E, as Melee and Brawl are rated T, and Smash 4 is rated E10+, according to the ESRB.
The game was released in Japan on January 21, 1999, in North America on April 26, 1999, and in Europe on November 19, 1999. The game is playable on Nintendo 64 and the iQue Player, and is available on the Wii's Virtual Consoles. The Virtual Console version was released on January 20, 2009 in Japan, one day before the 10-year anniversary of the game, and later released on June 12th 2009 and December 21, 2009 in Europe and North America, respectively.
Every time the opening movie plays, the two characters Master Hand picks who appear fighting on a mountain-top at the beginning of the movie varies. If certain secret characters have not been unlocked yet, they appear as silhouettes.
Bold denotes unlockable characters.
According to a page on the Japanese Super Smash Bros. site, Mewtwo, Bowser, and King Dedede were all planned to be playable, but were cut, though no other information is available. Bowser would later be playable in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. 4, Mewtwo would be playable in Melee and SSB4, and King Dedede would be playable in Brawl and SSB4. There have been rumors that other characters, such as Meowth from the Pokémon franchise and Wario, were supposed to be included in the game as well, but no official source exists to confirm these rumors.
Shown in bold, Mushroom Kingdom is the only unlockable stage in Super Smash Bros.
1P Game-only stages
These stages only appear in the 1P Game.
These stages cannot be unlocked or played on in any way without hacking.
Unlike its successors, Super Smash Bros. never enjoyed a large professional competitive scene in North America. However, interest in the game has been renewed in recent years with the popularity of Melee and Brawl. Players can play Super Smash Bros. online through Kaillera using the Project64k emulator. Recently, there have been more and more tournaments of Super Smash Bros. due to an influx of new players. Most Super Smash Bros. tournaments are paired up with Melee events and most (offline) SSB tournaments are located in California, Canada, or New Jersey.
The standard tournament rules differ little from that of Melee. The most common standard tournament rules are as follows:
Super Smash Bros. was a commercial success, selling 5 million copies worldwide with 2.93 million sold in the United States and 1.97 million copies sold in Japan. It was the 5th best selling game for the Nintendo 64. Reviews were mostly positive, with many critics praising the game's addictive and fun multiplayer gameplay and simple controls, but it was criticized as well, mainly due to the game's lack of content and somewhat limited single player mode.
Although Super Smash Bros. does not feature online play, emulators have the ability to do so. Project64k and Mupen64k are the most used emulators of playing online.