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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 Super Mario vs. Pikachu
Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 64 3rd bonus stage - Race to the finish
Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 64 Pikachu and Fox vs Mario Bros screen
Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 64 Pikachu after getting a hit from Yoshi

Promo Images

Super Smash Bros. Screenshot Falcon's devastating dive will drive his opponents out of the ring before they can see the checkered flag.
Super Smash Bros. Screenshot Fox's throw isn't as flashy as Donkey Kong's, but it is just as effective in hurling players out of the arena.
Super Smash Bros. Screenshot Somewhere in that little pink body, Kirby is hiding a blade that can knock competitors off platforms.
Super Smash Bros. Screenshot


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! Nintendo 64 darthsith19 (70)
Best party game ever Nintendo 64 Matt Johnson (4)
We had soooooooooooo much fun when we were kids Nintendo 64 Asinine (1006)

Critic Reviews

N-Philes Nintendo 64 2002 9 out of 10 90
IGN Nintendo 64 Apr 27, 1999 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Play 64 Nintendo 64 Mar, 1999 83 out of 100 83
Retro Gamer Wii Jul, 2009 83 out of 100 83
Retroage Nintendo 64 Jul 22, 2009 8 out of 10 80
HappyPuppy Nintendo 64 May 05, 1999 8 out of 10 80
IGN UK Wii Feb 04, 2010 8 out of 10 80 Nintendo 64 Jul 24, 2020 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Nintendo 64 Apr 08, 2008 C 50
Aftonbladet Nintendo 64 Nov 22, 1999 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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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