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Nintendo kicked off the first official day of the 2018 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) with the announcement of a new entry in the “Super Smash Bros.” game series, “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.” As is often the case with Nintendo stuff, fans on Twitter lost it, both in excitement and in the volume of jokes.
One of Nintendo’s weirder franchises, “Super Smash Bros.” is a fighting game featuring lots and lots of the video game company’s best-loved characters — like Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Link from “The Legend of Zelda” and a mess of Pokemon — think “Street Fighter,” but with loveable mascots wailing on each other.
Over the years, the series has expanded beyond the most familiar Nintendo icons to include deep cuts like characters from “Ice Climber” (remember that one, fellow old people?), and more recently even characters from franchises owned by other companies, like Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog. The new version of “Smash Bros.” escalates that considerably by including every character who has ever appeared in a “Smash Bros.” game, giving players upwards of 60 characters to beat each other up with.
That’s quite a lot of characters to pick from, as many fans pointed out.
Nintendo announcing the Super Smash Bros Ultimate roster pic.twitter.com/qPa4UPg4HG
— Adam Moussa (@adamjmoussa) June 12, 2018
I can't be the only one who finds it worrying that Trump has promised Kim Jong-un that he'll be a playable character in Super Smash Bros
— Fred Delicious (@Fred_Delicious) June 12, 2018
Fun fact: “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” also throws in two new playable characters: Daisy, the princess who Mario chased from the 1989 Gameboy title “Super Mario Land,” and Ridley, a giant red space dragon and frequent “Metroid” series bad guy that vocal fans have been begging to see included in “Smash Bros.” games for years.
Also fun fact: if Daisy and Ridley sound familiar to those of you who aren’t Nintendo superfans, there’s a really good reason for that. In fact, we’ll let the myriad “Star Wars” jokes about that coincidence explain why.
— Chastity V ???? E3 (@chastity_v) June 12, 2018
HAA! Nintendo you can't trick me with your hidden characters for Smash, you're so obvious got it. Rey is going to be in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Who were the two characters announced today; Daisy and Ridley and who plays Rey, Daisy Ridley. Boom gotcha, try harder next time pic.twitter.com/OeGm3IsE3h
— ぴぴ人です (@nwl805) June 12, 2018
I can't believe Daisy Ridley is in Smash Bros. pic.twitter.com/b6g5ImNQuz
— Amiibo Confessions (@ConfessAmiibo) June 12, 2018
And also, because the internet, here are some other jokes for you to enjoy:
how can they call it smash bros ultimate when it doesn't even have Boss Baby
— Will (@WillHagstrom) June 12, 2018
I can only assume that, "Smash," is trending because everyone is once again raving about the spectacular music of @smashmouth.
— John Scaer (@JohnScaer) June 12, 2018
in all the excitement please, dont forget the original Smash Brothers: Fraser and Niles
— Out of Context Frasier (@oocfrasier) June 12, 2018
i hope you all are really happy ridley is in smash because he killed mario and mega man. theyre both dead for real. no more mario or mega man games.
— bird lesbian ???? (@mirraclematter) June 12, 2018
with all this smash bros stuff going on i might as well dust off this treasure i whipped up years ago pic.twitter.com/wx1O8lSNzh
— NPC /// jerd (@npcmusic) June 12, 2018