KoRoBeNiKi is a smasher from Northern New Jersey. He is mostly known for being one of the more active original Super Smash Bros. players as well as one of the founding Back Room members. He is also well known for being one of the better keyboard players in 64 and for his contributions to 64 on Reddit and SmashWiki; for terrible puns as well in the 64 community, both on smashboards and offline, and for helping to form both the 2nd and newest tier list as well as the current ruleset for Smash 64.
Early Period, 2005-2007
He started off as a Melee player, finding competitive play and joining Smashboards under a former account known as wavedasher in 2005. His first major event was The Smash Affiliates's Smashtality back in 2006. He started off as a Luigi main with Roy as a secondary. At Smashtality 2 in October 2006, he met Sensei and Isai and got 5 stocked by both of them and learned of the more competitive 64 scene. He kept on going with the melee scene but due to TSA's venue being moved to New York after Smashtality III in 2007, he was no longer attending events.
Early Online Play
He discovered online Smash 64 in 2007 along with another fellow smasher, MattNF. Due in part to being a good friend of the latter, who was a member of PPS, he was allowed in the crew by SuPeRbOoMfAn. Prior to this, he was a member of iXi, maining a lackluster Donkey Kong with a generic Captain Falcon secondary originally under the tag METAL DK. He eventually switched to Yoshi after entering and winning a Yoshi ditto tournament hosted by Stoned iXi and still remains friends with several old school online players. KoRo used to be one of the top keyboard players though this can also be contributed to the level of play back then as well. He currently barely plays online as he is stuck on Wi-fi and he can't get used to delay while playing on controller.
In Smash 64, he uses Yoshi and Captain Falcon as mains, as well as Fox, Samus and DK occasionally. He is well known for his particularly good egg usage and n-air placements for both his mains and specializes in the puff matchup after years of experience teaming with MattNF along with Mario/Luigi. Subsequently, his best win was Yunque at Shine 2018 and he also has a positive record vs Czar. He primarily uses Yoshi and Luigi for doubles and his worst characters by far are Link and Jigglypuff. Due to years of experience playing online, he uses the vast majority of the cast on a high level and this can be seen particularly in low tiers where he got 25th at the current largest low tier event at Let's Go! and similar placings at Keystoned II with loses solely to low tier mains and top level players. KoRo plays "claw" using the normal 64 controller, being used to holding it that way for puzzle games such as Pokémon Puzzle League, and had one notable tournament entry at Apex 2012 where he learned to play this way during the tournament.
He used to use a keyboard adapter for a while offline but now uses a golden Hori with a lodgenet stick installed by JimmyJoe. On Hori, he doesn't use A for almost all his Aerials but rather uses the shoulder buttons but this results in occasional bad grabs. He has had very close sets vs top players but is known for his inconsistency (which is ironically similar to JimmyJoe who designed his controller.) He is currently ranked 4th on the New York City Power Rankings in both the current and prior power rankings and plays weekly on Monday nights in Union Square along with occasional events on Wednesday run by Wiseacre in North Haledon, New Jersey and the rare regionals/majors he enters. Outside of entering locals, he has helped TO and has run recent events.
On Smashboards, he was a long time contributor until the large majority of the community moved over to the SSB64 Community Facebook page. KoRo was a member of the 64 backroom which closed due to spam and overall uselessness outside of the new stage list. After Apex 2015, he kick-started a new tier discussion thread which resulted in a voting topic ran by him, Pidgezero one, and several moderators. This eventually resulted in the current tier list seen today. He also wrote articles for the smash 64 scene but he has been inactive in writing since early 2019.
KoRo got back into Melee around Apex 2012, but was in a state of rust. He started to attend more events, but until Hectohertz's weeklies in 2014 at Nebulous, he was semi-inactive. At NeoNebulous 23, he traded for Lambchops's controller. He mains Luigi in Melee still and welcomes the 20XX movement. He is mainly known for his unusually high rate of misfires and has taken games off of Hax, VanZ, and several other more well known/better players thanks to them. He prefers doubles and has had some strong placements, particular with B3N, a local Falcon main as well as several Jigglypuffs/Foxes he has teamed with such as the now ranked 2Saint. At his peak in early/middle 2016, he was on the cusp of the unranked players getting top 5 consistently in amateur brackets but placed too poorly in arcadians. His last melee event for a long time was at the last nebulous as his controller was lost and/or stolen though he had a very good time otherwise. His last stock taken was aptly with a misfire. After several years of inactivity, he recently attended a tournament run by Hax$ due to convenience and to support the scene; winning one set but losing the remaining two.
Other Smash Games
When he played Brawl he mained Luigi and Mr. Game and Watch. At his highest peak, he was in the top 150 on the AllisBrawl wifi ladder. However, he never had a good placement offline though this was partially due to New Jersey/New York scene being the top scene in the country in the early years of the game. He disliked the dominance of Meta Knight as well as the King Dedede matchup and also also disliked the speed of the game and gradually gave up playing smash all together until melee and smash 64 brought him back. While he argues for the games existence and for how in depth the game is (mostly as a Devil's Advocate,) he dislikes the game immensely. His one notable result was 9th in AllBrawl a 4 player FFA event with random stages and items at Apex 2012, where he won over players such as Ally and Nairo before being outplaced the next round by Ally (again) and TheReflexWonder. His best matchups were Olimar and Diddy Kong.
In Project M he mains Luigi and Samus with various secondaries such as Yoshi and Ganondorf (primarily for Warioware shenanigans) and he also used to play online occasionally on Anther's Ladder though on keyboard. He specializes in the Ivysaur and Snake matchups. As with Brawl, he didn't have super strong placements in singles though his losses were usually to top level threats. He also has shown strength as with the other games in doubles where he teams primarily with KeyChain, an NYC ranked King D3/Wario main. They have taken sets from much more well known doubles teams, most notably one of the most well known MidWest teams Dirtboy and Ripple the day before Supernova as well as teams featuring players such as Malachi and Phresh. He is currently inactive from Project M due to Nebulous closing he will occasionally enter events at Super Smash Con when it is there.
KoRo barely played Smash 4 as he has not bought a Wii U. However, he had tried it before and enjoyed some of the changes but he disliked some of the floaty nature. He did not enter a tournament in the history of that game but tried it and picked up Bowser from playing friendlies while waiting for a 64 tournament at nebulous to start.
Similarly in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, KoRo does not own a Switch. However he has entered a small local which was at the same time as a 64 event. He quickly found Ganondorf to be his best character and won all three sets he played before having to leave relying on reads and the new parry mechanic. He personally hates Luigi in the game because of his new grab mechanic as he generally doesn't like characters with tethers but he likes a game a lot.