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Monday, February 24, 2020

I Don't Hail From The '90s, But Super Mario Bros. 2 Does?!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - So much for being a '90s kid?

You may remember the in-game event tournament for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that included characters from the 1980s. Unfortunately, it excluded me and the other Koopalings.

The Hailing from the '90s tournament describes itself as:
“This tourney features fighters and stages that were created in the '90s!

The further you advance, the better the spirit you'll win!” 

If I didn't qualify for the 1980s, then do I qualify for the 1990s? ...Turns out...No. But you know what does qualify? The Mushroom Kingdom II stage—based on Subcon (which isn't the Mushroom Kingdom)—from Super Mario Bros. 2, otherwise known as Super Mario USA.

Super Mario Bros. 2 first released in 1988 in the United States, and then Super Mario USA appeared in Japan in 1992. It appeared obvious from the 1980s tournament that Masahiro Sakurai cared a lot about first worldwide release date (with the exception of, you know, the Koopalings in Super Mario Bros. 3 in 1988). In fact, this isn't true.

It's just the Japanese dates. Not the first worldwide. Yes, they went by the Japanese release date for a game literally called Super Mario USA.

You know what that stands for?


Anyway, unlike the 1980s tournament which excluded me, I didn't boycott this one, since I didn't have expectations that I'd get in. I won it, too.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate hailing from the '90s event tournament tourney Jigglypuff wins
Everyone knows Jigglypuff is the most important part of the 1990s.

You didn't miss anything from not participating in this tournament, but you will miss out on a good time if you miss out on the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North American Online Open Spring 2020. It's Nintendo-sponsored, free-to-enter, and takes place online, but there are also no items, it's 1-on-1, lag is against the ruleset (though some folks might try to enter with a low-speed Internet anyway), and there's an actual legitimate prize with a monetary value. And there are no restrictions on character usage, which means yes to using the Koopalings, no matter how much Sakurai hates them (and Ludwig, specifically)!

Ludwig qualifies for the tournament between 2000 and 2009! How? What does he do? Find out...
Not many characters qualify for a tournament between 2010 and 2019. Is that a bad sign?


  1. Hmm. It's like they don't think the Koopalings matter to the point they're lumping in all of them with Bowser Jr. Scandalous!


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