On January 21, 1999, one of the most popular fighting game series' of all time was born; Super Smash Bros. was released for the N64 in Japan. Gamers became enamoured with the premise of assembling and pitting Nintendos most famous icons against each other, and it quickly became the quintessential party game - if not the everlasting multiplayer experience.
Since then, three more games have been released, each proving just as popular as the last. As simple to initially play as it is hard to master, the series continues to be a favourite for both casual and competitive players. Indeed, few games are as consistently fun as Super Smash Bros.
But how much do you really know about Super Smash Bros? A franchise as beloved and long standing as this is bound to be home to an extensive list of fascinating facts regarding its creation, many of which, its fans probably arent aware of...
18. It Started Out As Dragon King: The Fighting Game
Its hard to believe now, but what we know as Super Smash Bros. was originally conceived as something else entirely. Game designer Masahiro Sakurai was interested in making an original fighting game, and from that idea he created a presentation for a game he called Dragon King: The Fighting Game.
He presented it to Satoru Iwata, who showed interest in the concept. Sakurai eventually came up with the idea to include Nintendo characters so that the game would have more marketing appeal. Thinking he wouldn't get permission from Nintendo, he designed the prototype in secret and didn't show them until it was well-balanced. When he finally showed it to Nintendo, the game was immediately green-lit alongside the character swaps, and the rest was history.