BU Smash Bros. Society Thrives on Nintendo Mayhem

BU Smash Bros. Society Thrives on Nintendo Mayhem


Smash has always been a home experience. It’s all about sitting down next to someone
and having a good time with them. So the first “Smash Bros.” game came out in
1999, and the idea basically was to make a fighting game along the lines of “Street Fighter” but to bring in characters from all of Nintendo’s franchises. And it also sort of revolutionized the fighting
game as a concept, and gave it more of sumo-spin, where it’s not about knocking someone down,
but about throwing them out of the arena. It’s a very different dynamic that allows
for a lot more comebacks, so it’s never over, you have to play fight until the end. It’s simple to understand. It’s simple to play. Smash is just you have a controller and
each button does what it’s supposed to do. A is for attack, B is for special. In a game, where really anyone can pick up
and play, they see those identifiable characters. People know who Mario is. They probably know who Link is. They absolutely know who Pikachu is, even
if they don’t know what Pokémon is. I really, really like Mr. Game & Watch. He just has like household items. Like, he has a hammer. He has a frying pan. He throws bacon at you. So, my favorite character is Little Mac. He is incredibly strong and incredibly fast,
but has no aerial mobility. He kind of just has little wimpy punches in
the air. The thing about Smash is that I don’t think
it was ever intended to be a competitive fighting game and it’s really the community itself
that’s made the game so competitive. So our club hosts weekly events, and they’re
fun and chill, but for people who are more interested in a serious competitive thing,
we host larger tournaments, and the level of competition goes up, and you have a lot
more exciting games. That competitive atmosphere, you can feel
the energy in the air. When there’s someone at an equal or maybe a slightly
higher level than you, and you are just fighting tooth and nail and trying to eek out that
win — it’s just — whenever you get that kind of rivalry, that’s what’s really fun. Skill level aside, everyone loves “Smash Bros.” It’s a very unifying experience. This club to me is kind of like a family. It’s very super, super like down-to-earth. At the end of the day, you know, after all
we’ve put into it, it’s still just a bunch of friends hanging around in the basement,
playing some Smash, having a good time. The best place to be on campus is at Smash club.

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