The Kohlrabi scored an exclusive interview with a local game store owner, Jim Scudder, and self-proclaimed “Smash Expert”, revealed to us that Ness, the baseball bat wielding Smasher, original to the Super Smash Bros series. Super Smash Bros is one of Nintendo’s most popular series of all time with thousands of tournaments still taking place each year for every version of the game. On top of this, people are going to sites like Gamulator to download an emulator that will let them play Smash, even if they don’t have the system for it! Fans of the Smash Bros series take it seriously so we wanted to learn more.
Jim told us, “Ness from Smash Bros, he’s been my main ever since Smash ’64. And like a lot of other people playing Smash at the time, I had no idea what game he was from but was determined to find out. After looking through countless Nintendo magazines and game stores and not seeing anything about Ness; I concluded that prior to Smash Bros, Ness couldn’t have existed. Therefore, he must be original to the Smash Bros. A character as powerful as Ness deserves his own game. If they [Nintendo] ever decide to make one, I’d buy it in a heartbeat. He’s been in Smash from the beginning. You’d think they would have made something for him by now.”
At this point in the interview, we asked Mr. Scudder about the similarly playing, and the similarly drawn character, Lucas, who first appeared in Super Smash Bros Brawl. He replied, “It was strangely almost exactly the same as Ness. I looked through a lot of Nintendo magazines and went to dozens of game stores across America, and I still couldn’t find a single game that featured Lucas. I guess he must be original to Smash, too. Like Ness, if Nintendo ever made a game for Lucas, I’d absolutely buy it. He’s a fun character, and he deserves a game of his own.”
Concluding, The Kohlrabi asked if Mr. Scudder believed there were any other characters original to the Smash Bros. series. “The research process is long and painstaking as I have to ask friends and family for newspapers and gaming magazines. I then spend hours driving going from game store to game store and asking management if they know the history of each character. Some kids at GameStop suggested I look into the Captain Falcon character, so far that’s been a great lead.”