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Super Smash Bros. takes familiar Nintendo characters such as Mario, Kirby and Donkey Kong, and gets them to fight to the death. There are 8 fully-interactive landscapes, with one for each character, with noticeable links to their games. Controls are analogue-based, with different moves executed depending on the direction and how firmly the stick is pressed. Items like baseball bats, Bob-ombs, and healing items drop into the arenas at random, aiding any nearby characters than can make use of them. The game uses a fixed viewpoint which scrolls, although characters are rendered in 3D.

The one-player mode has 14 stages to work through. Up to 4 human players can do battle at once, with team play as well as all-against-all action. Hidden characters are thrown in for good measure, as are bonus rounds, and a battle to the end with a giant hand (you read right).

Playable characters include:


Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 64 Select Your Character
Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 64 Mario, Yoshi and Pikachu trying to beat Giant D.K.
Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 64 Mario in a battle with Samus
Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 64 2nd bonus stage - Board the platforms

Promo Images

Super Smash Bros. Screenshot Wind Samus up into a cannonball and let her flatten an opponent.
Super Smash Bros. Screenshot Use Samus's Grappling Beam to lasso other players and reel them in. Press R again to throw them.
Super Smash Bros. Screenshot This little jump lets Pikachu pass through platforms.
Super Smash Bros. Screenshot Kirby goes stone cold! Pressing Down and B will turn Kirby into a rock that fends off attacks.


Alternate Titles

  • "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" -- Japanese spelling
  • "SSB" -- Common abbreviated name
  • "Nintendo All-Star! Dai-Rantou Smash Brothers" -- Japanese title
  • "Kakuto-Geemu Ryuoh" -- Japanese early working title

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User Reviews

A great multi-player fighting game! darthsith19 (70) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Best party game ever Matt Johnson (4) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
We had soooooooooooo much fun when we were kids Asinine (1006) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

Critic Reviews

64 Power / big.N / N Games Feb, 1999 90 out of 100 90
N-Philes 2002 9 out of 10 90
Game Play 64 Oct, 1999 86 out of 100 86
Gaming Target Jul 05, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
IGN Apr 27, 1999 8.5 out of 10 85
Super Play (Sweden) Nov, 1999 84 out of 100 84
Nintendo Land 2003 79 out of 100 79
Cincinnati Enquirer 2000 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 62
Aftonbladet Nov 22, 1999 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Electric Playground May 07, 2004 2 out of 10 20


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This is the first time that a collection of Nintendo based characters have been brought together in one game (Mario, Samus, Link, etc.). Super Mario Kart was the first time a collection of Mario based characters was used.

Japanese Sound Differences

The Japanese version has different sound effects. For example, when attacking an opponent with punches and kicks, they sound like "thwaps". As another example, when attacking with the Beam Sword, it sounds a lot like the lightsaber from the Star Wars movies.

Live Event

Nintendo's marketing for the game included Super Smash Bros. Slamfest '99, a live fight between the characters billed as " a no-holds-barred, anything goes, toe-to-toe slamfest", staged at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in early 1999 and streamed via RealPlayer. A photo of the actors alongside their costumes surfaced in 2020 and spread widely, and a few grainy images and event descriptions have been found, however no footage of the event itself is known to survive.

Information also contributed by Alexander Michel.

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Kartanym (12706) added Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo 64) on Mar 29, 2001
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