With just how many games Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has under its roof, creator Masahiro Sakurai’s got no shortage of anniversaries to commemorate. Recently we saw the likes of the original Super Smash Bros. and Balloon Fight get some love, but over the weekend three different titles all celebrated their birthdays per their original releases in Japan.
— 桜井 政博 / Masahiro Sakurai (@Sora_Sakurai) January 30, 2021
First up was the original Ice Climber, turning 36 on January 30th. Popo and Nana have been scaling mountains since 1985, sticking together and desperately clinging to the spotlight Smash Bros. has given them.
— 桜井 政博 / Masahiro Sakurai (@Sora_Sakurai) January 31, 2021
Next is a big one for Sakurai personally. Turning 13 on January 31st was Super Smash Bros. Brawl! For many Nintendo fans this might be the first Smash that was “followed” throughout its development thanks to the Smash Dojo website.
The first Smash with third party reps and the game that brought us all those Subspace Emissary cutscenes, Petey Piranha is here via Final Smash to help us trip down memory lane all the way back to the Wii.
— 桜井 政博 / Masahiro Sakurai (@Sora_Sakurai) February 1, 2021
Finally, turning 24 on January 31st, was Final Fantasy VII. In the spotlight plenty lately thanks to its recent Remake and Sephiroth’s addition to Smash, it’s a game that’s been beloved throughout its lifetime. For its screenshot we have a recreation of its climax and its logo, the collision of Meteor with the Lifestream.
Be on the lookout for more screenshot celebrations, particularly with The Legend of Zelda’s 35th Anniversary coming up on February 21st.