5 Reasons Why N64’s Super Smash Bros. Still Holds Up


Nintendo 64’s Super Smash Bros. was initially released in 1999, and became a hit worldwide with Nintendo fans. Although the game was released decades ago, new games from the series continue to be released to this day. 

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Super Smash Bros. 64 Gameplay

Original Gameplay

The gameplay in the Nintendo 64’s “Super Smash Bros.” could be considered the best functioning gameplay of this Nintendo Era. Despite the hard work put into the game’s graphics, the developers of this game didn’t skimp out when developing the gameplay. The goal in this game is to knock opposing players off of a platform, rather than most fighting games of its era. The common goal in the majority of fighting games would be to damage the opponent’s health bar. This game’s differentiation and originality sets its gameplay apart from other games. 

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Super Smash Bros. 64 Gameplay

High Quality 3D Graphics

The graphics in “Super Smash Bros.” Present the player of the game with an aesthetically pleasing visual representation. The game’s 3D graphics set it apart from other games of its era. Although other games from Super Smash Bros. also have high quality 3D graphics, the combination of graphics and gameplay in this game gives it a higher ranking, allowing it to gain popularity. The graphics help to set the mood for the player of the game, and it was understood by the developers that the graphics needed to complement the gameplay. 

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Super Smash Bros. 64 Character Select Screen

Fan Favorite Characters

This game is filled with many fan favorite characters, making the players engage more in the game. It includes 12 playable characters from Nintendo’s most popular Franchises. Due to the inclusion of popular characters, many more Nintendo fans were drawn to play the game. Even decades after it’s release, these characters still draw in players. The nostalgia it provides the players with could be one reason that the game still holds up, but there are many more factors that go into the game’s popularity. 

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Super Smash Bros. 64 Cartridge

Mood Setting Music

In this game, the music contributes to a large part of the game’s popularity.  The music used in this game can give the player better motivation to play the game to their full extent. The music is one of the most important aspects of a game. The music of the game can decide whether or not the mood matches the gameplay, and the mood overall betters the players experience with the game. Overall, the music in N64’s “Super Smash Bros.” compliments the gameplay very well, and sets a better overall mood for the game. 

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Super Smash Bros. 64 Gameplay

The Game is Fun to Play

The dynamics of the game are simple, and easy to understand. This factor gives the player of the game a fun experience while playing. When the players are competing to knock their opponents off of the stages, it ignites a spark, giving the game a good competitive component. This competitive feature of the game allows the players to engage more and gives them a good fighting experience, and the action can give the player energy. Overall, many components go into making this game highly enjoyable. 

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Written by Trinity Fulkroad