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Smash 64


Super Smash Bros., released in Japan as Nintendo All Star! Dairantō Smash Brothers (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 at the time, there were originally no plans to export the game outside Japan, with only its unexpected popularity leading to its worldwide release.

The game released in Japan on January 21st, 1999, in North America on April 26th, 1999, and in Europe on November 19th, 1999. The game is playable on Nintendo 64, and is available on the Wii‘s Virtual Console. The Virtual Console version released on January 20th, 2009 in Japan, a day before its 10-year anniversary, and later released on June 12th, 2009 and December 21st, 2009 in Europe and North America, respectively.

We Play

Game Title: Smash 64

Platform: Nintendo 64

Genre: Fighting Game

Muti-player: 1-4 players

Tournament Format

Double Elimination if 8+ players. Round Robin if less than 8 players.

  • Sets between players are played best 2 out of 3 matches.

  • 3 out of 5 matches apply for all (or occasionally most) of Top 8, which is Winner’s Semis, Loser’s Semis, Winner’s Finals, Loser’s Finals, and Grand Finals

  • For some tournaments, 4 out of 7 matches may apply for Winner’s Finals, Loser’s Finals, and Grand Finals (though this is not as common)

  • Double Elimination.

  • The banning of cargo stalling is up to the tournament organizer’s discretion.

  • Each match is played with stock and 5 lives.

  • Items are turned off.

  • For the first match, characters are chosen double-blind – at the same time, so that neither player knows his opponent’s character beforehand. In practice, this rule is often ignored, but players always reserve the option to force a double-blind pick.

  • The loser of the first match (and of successive matches) chooses the next stage, and then the winner chooses his character, and then the loser chooses his character. This series of choices is called slob picks.

  • The loser can pick either a neutral stage or a counterpick stage.