Smash N64

On 21st January 1999, the original Super Smash Bros. was released for the Nintendo 64 in Japan. Over the last 21 years, Smash has become one of the most celebrated, adored, and hype-inducing series available on Nintendo's platforms.

The character selection screen in Super Smash Bros. with all characters unlocked

Developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo, Super Smash Bros. gathered a cast of Nintendo all-stars into one game, pitting them against each other to do battle and whack each other off the stage - but you knew that already, right? The original game had 12 characters to choose from - Captain Falcon, Donkey Kong, Fox, Jigglypuff, Kirby, Link, Luigi, Mario, Ness, Pikachu, Samus, and Yoshi - which seemed like more than enough at the time.

Of course, things have evolved tremendously since then, with the series' latest edition, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, boasting a cast of 82 characters which have already been announced with six more on the way. The game has also become more than just a celebration of Nintendo franchises, now containing non-Nintendo characters, some of which even come from rival platform holders.

The latest game's huge ambition, and the success of the Nintendo Switch, have helped it to become the best-selling fighting game in history. We doubt the game's creators quite expected that when making the first game all those years ago, but the crossover series has proven to be a truly winning formula.

We're sure many of you reading this will have plenty of wonderful memories playing games from the Super Smash Bros. series. If you'd like, we welcome you to share those in the comments below. 21 years, blimey!