Super Smash Bros. was developed by HAL Laboratory, a Nintendo second-party developer, during 1998. It began life as a prototype created by Masahiro Sakurai and Satoru Iwata in their spare time titled Kakuto-Gēmu Ryūō or Kakuto-Geemu Ryuoh (格闘ゲーム竜王 ?, lit. “Dragon King: The Fighting Game”), and originally featured no Nintendo characters. However, Sakurai hit on the idea of including fighters from different Nintendo franchises in order to provide “atmosphere” which he felt was necessary for a home console fighting game, and his idea was approved. The game had a small budget and little promotion, and was originally a Japan-only release, but its huge success saw the game released worldwide. [Info from Wikipedia]
Below you can read the “Iwaka Ask” chat about Smash Bros:
Iwata: Because we don’t often have the opportunity to sit down and talk about Smash Bros., I’d like to use the last part of this interview to turn back the clock and talk about the start of this series, beginning in 1999 with the Nintendo 64 title Super Smash Bros. You and I were responsible for developing this prototype.
Sakurai: Right. We called it “Kakuto-Geemu Ryuoh” (Dragon King: The Fighting Game)
Iwata: At that point in time, we weren’t utilizing any Nintendo characters, and while you handled the planning, specs, design, modeling and movement, I worked on programming all by myself. In some respects, it was the ultimate handcrafted project.
Sakurai: Right. I mean, we didn’t know at the time that we would be able to use Nintendo characters.
Iwata: In retrospect, the main reason I undertook the project was to build a 4-player game that utilized the N64’s unique 3D joystick. What were your reasons?
Sakurai: Well, I wanted to offer an alternative to the two-dimensional fighting games that were crowding out the market. I also wanted to see if it was possible to make an interesting 4-player game that offered a new experience every time you play. Simply put, I was aiming to design a 4-player battle royal.
Iwata: I seem to remember “4-player Battle Royal” being written on the cover of the project planning document.
Sakurai: Right. I hadn’t given it a title yet.
Iwata: We hadn’t even come up with the codename Ryuoh yet. I think we ended up using Ryuoh because we happened to use scenery from the Ryuoh-cho neighborhood, the location of HAL Laboratory in Yamanashi Prefecture, as the background for the game.
Thanks to Adriel for the contribution!
[Source: Iwata Ask]
Rumors say that in the beta concept of Super Smash Bros. 64, Pit, Bowser, Peach, Mewtwo, Meowth and King Dedede were going to be playable characters, but was taken out due to limits in the hardware. It should be noted though that Meowth and King Dedede appeared in the game as a Poke Ball Pokemon and as a background character, respectivly.
Two beta Kirby stages are only playable with a GameShark. The stages have strange elements, such as invisible barriers. A working Dream Land stage can be viewed in the “How to Play” tutorial, which itself can be seen by waiting on the title screen. Also, in the character select, the question mark boxes were supposed to be colored and Saffron City also had pink with purple on the rooftops, the smash ball were supposed to be introduce in this game. [Info from Mariowiki]
Screen 1: There is no sign or bridge or sliding stone block
Screen 2: a pink floor that was later changed
Screen 3: Just some beta textures shown on Hyrule Castle
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is there a rom?
No rom for now and probably never :( Nintendo knows how to hide his protos.
Lol, they should make one of these guys playable in the next Smash Bros. :D
I REALLY WANNA PLAY THESE BETAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They look like the fighting polygon team only colored
SMBMadman: This is proto, not beta.
same thing, dude
If only nintendo still made succesfull games instead of all the crap mini game things(excluding mario party)
I use a gameshark and I can play these stuff such as Kirby beta stages, system debug, and more shit.
hmmm… when i look at these dragon-fighter dudes i just cant stop thinking about how their moveset is so familiar to c.falcon’s:O
You can the play kirby beta stages on the super smash bros n64 rom. with the help of a gameshark
Is there ANY proof of Pit’s existence in this game?
Lol, that second picture is actually from a texture hack. (The Mushroom Kingdom one)
ahah, ops! Thanks for the info Deekay, i’ll remove that picture :)
man, the “dragon fighters” look SO much like capton falcon!
Wait, if they wanted to add dedede and they didn’t on the N64 version, why they don’t add him on Super smash bros. melee first instead to add him on brawl only?
That’s because in Melee, Sakurai could either add 6 clones or DDD. So either more characters, or less. I’d say he went with the better call, but to each their own.
Hey! Check out the RPGMusic.org video shown above the comments! It’s an unused fanfare and I have this game on an emulator.
Final Smashes were intended for the original game but were not able to be included due to programming purposes. For some proof, Here: A soundclip of Ness saying “PK Starstorm!” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiv0MSoyDfo&feature=player_embedded Also, I found out that the PK and Fire, Starstorm and Thunder soundclips are seperate.
Oops, My bad. Only the PK and Starstorm soundclips are seperate. Sorry. :D
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