Two of gaming’s biggest icons celebrated milestone anniversaries last week, with Masahiro Sakurai once again presenting Super Smash Bros. Ultimate screenshots in the name of marking those occasions. They were joined by some smaller titles, not to mention an indie icon that seems like he can pop up just about everywhere.

Sonic the Hedgehog – 30th anniversary
 


 
Sega had already put their mascot at the forefront of players’ minds thanks to a stunning symphony concert and other celebrations. Still, Sakurai made sure to have his own tribute to the blue blur ready to go to honor how unstoppable the character’s been for generations.

Super Mario 64/The Nintendo 64 – 25th anniversary
 


 
A few other titles share their birthday with that of the Nintendo 64, but none are as important as Super Mario 64. Mario’s first 3D adventure set a standard that is still strived for, inspiring games even to this day. After that character’s big 35th Anniversary last year it’s nice to see this particular title and the console it came on get some love.

Sonic Adventure 2 – 20th anniversary
 


 
Can you feel life moving through your mind? Because this one’s definitely gotten Live & Learn stuck in my head. Sonic Adventure 2 perseveres as one of Sonic’s most popular titles, with it also being the debut of Shadow the Hedgehog. Nintendo fans would experience that for themselves, along with hours upon hours in the Chao Garden, when it came to GameCube about a year later.

Shovel Knight – 7th anniversary
 


 
For shovelry! Yacht Club Games struck paydirt with their debut title, a handcrafted love letter to some incredible 8-bit titles. Shovel Knight has come above ground to show up in several indie titles but his place as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. may just be one of the highest honors his nobility and sense of duty has attained.

Chibi-Robo! – 16th anniversary
 


 
Wii Sports Resort – 12th anniversary
 


 
Fire Emblem Fates – 6th 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.

Ricky Berg