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It’s that time again where we compile Masahiro Sakurai’s seemingly never ending tributes to various video games within his own, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This last week had plenty featured, among them a game that fans outside of Japan have been begging for since before it released back in 2006.

Mother 3 – 15th anniversary


Yes, of course it’s Mother 3. Lucas’ home game may remain out of reach, but Sakurai notes just how special and impactful (or perhaps just heartrendingly painful) it is amongst the entirety of Nintendo’s history. You might not know that looking at the kid from Nowhere riding atop Mr. Saturn’s tea table, but I assure you he has seen more than enough even in his few years.

Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade – 18th anniversary


We go from a localization holdout to a bonafide success next! Also getting in on the celebrations this last week was Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. For those who played it on the Game Boy Advance, you’ll know it as just plain “Fire Emblem” as it was the first in the series to come overseas. Sakurai notes this, while also spotlighting Lyn in particular due to her Assist Trophy status.

Game Boy and Super Mario Land – 32nd anniversary


Even with these two RPG greats, there’s one recent birthday that outranks them all. The Game Boy itself celebrated its 32nd anniversary, and though it may not be Nintendo’s first handheld it’s arguably their most impactful. Here Sakurai uses the Kirby’s Dream Land stage to give us that trademark title screen, and features Daisy thanks to her first appearance ever being Super Mario Land – also celebrating its 32nd anniversary since it was a launch title!

These weren’t the only releases paid tribute though, so have a look to see what else earned itself a shoutout and look forward to more of these so long as Sakurai has more Super Smash Bros. screenshots to share.

Labo – 3rd anniversary



Duck Hunt – 37th anniversary



Nintendogs – 16th anniversary



SimCity for the Super Nintendo – 30th anniversary



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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.