While most of Masahiro Sakurai’s YouTube videos have focused on details of actually developing a game, he sometimes stops to dive into the stories behind some of his projects. Today might be the biggest installment in that series yet, as we get to see more about how Super Smash Bros. came to be.

While we’ve all heard the story of Sakurai’s two N64 prototypes, we’ve only gotten to see very small glimpses of the early days of Super Smash Bros.. That changes with today’s video, which gives us brand-new footage of Super Smash Bros.’ N64 prototype. As you might have guessed, this is long before Nintendo’s characters became the roster.

Along with that, we get to hear a bit more about the process of developing Super Smash Bros., some of the challenges that came about in convincing Nintendo to push ahead on the project, and more. All in all, a can’t-miss episode of Sakurai’s YouTube series!

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kuribo

It’s funny who Sakurai didn’t want players to be overwhelmed with lots of playable characters and wanted those characters all be instantly recognisable.
That philosophy was true for the original Super Smash Bros. but it weakened as the series went on.

sligeach_eire

1M ago

Dragon King: The Fighting Game! Not a great title for a game, but it was an interesting look at the early prototype that would become Super Smash Bros. That's not original or terrific either. Smash is fine, but Super, how many games have that in their title? Bros. isn't accurate either, as there's male and female. Super Smash Brawlers would have been better.


kuribo

1M ago

It’s funny who Sakurai didn’t want players to be overwhelmed with lots of playable characters and wanted those characters all be instantly recognisable.
That philosophy was true for the original Super Smash Bros. but it weakened as the series went on.


martynstuff

1M ago

Is this the Smash killer?


joeshabadoo

1M ago

Fantastic video on a fantastic channel. Sakurai is a true visionary and his game design philosophies reflect that.Most of all, though, the man might love videogames more than anyone on the planet