Oh mannnn reading this article just made me so much more hype for Smash Ultimate. I too have spent a large part of my life with the Smash Bros series.
For me, the first two games served as a nice way to bond with my brother, and served as a fun party game with friends when I was really young. As I got older and with the later games, I started to treat it a bit more competitively, but could still just have fun with it if the context called for it.
Back when I was in college, my friends and I would spend many a late night playing “just one more game”, and it’s now a running joke in some of my friend circles that any argument we have or impasse we face, we can just “settle it in Smash”.
Even now, as a working adult, it still has managed to find a way into my life. I live in the US and earlier this year, my job required me to travel to Canada each week. I was initially pretty shy and able to connect with a few coworkers a bit, but somehow, one day the topic of Smash Bros was randomly brought up. Instantly, it felt like I was back in college with good friends, and my coworkers and I instinctively started trash talking each other for a good while. It all culminated in us settling the score at a game bar after work, in one of the most fun times of my adult life. (Oh and I won by the way )
Now I’m a few hours away from picking up my copy of Smash Ultimate, and supposedly my Gamestop is supposed to be having a tournament leading up to the midnight launch???