How Super Smash Bros Melee makes my heart jump and stop at the same time during tournaments. | Emotional Game Moments

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If you were around when the sixth generation of consoles came out (Gamecube, PS2, Xbox, etc.) you should have already heard of the Super Smash Bros series. But being even much more specific, you should have heard about Super Smash Bros Melee, because it was the craze back then for everyone who owned a Nintendo Gamecube.

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Selling over 7.000.000 copies worldwide, it could be estimated that about 70% of people who owned a Gamecube, also owned Super Smash Bros Melee. With its commercial success, Melee consolidated the Super Smash Bros series as a fighting game that would receive many more entries as the console generations came and went, but there was something really special about this game, there was an extra something that made people prefer playing Melee even when newer entries had come out. I specifically am one of those who prefers to still play melee over the newer games in the franchise. That interest and that love and care for this game is what made me get to know some really awesome people who are to this day, friends which I consider as one of the best things that I have encountered in my life. But as you know, when friends play a lot of Fighting Video Games together, there's this feeling and special link that develops between certain individuals and that's what I call Rivalries. I'll be focusing mainly on the Rivalries that have been growing and developing between my friends and me since 2015, until the latest tension filled moment came to be and blew up.

It all started during 2015. My Best friend invited me over to a party that a friend of him was hosting. He told me "Hey Kenny! I was invited to this party tonight and they're gonna be playing Smash Bros over there, you wanna come over?" I gladly accepted since it was a friday and I had nothing else to do during that night. At first I was anxious to say yes because I have a hard time introducing myself to new people, but when I arrived, got to know some of my friend's friends and then started playing, all of my worries were gone. I was in the moment and I didn't care about anything else than having fun playing some Smash Bros on the Wii U.

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Here's a pic at one of our parties! I'm the guy who's standing on the left side of the pic!

After some months of practicing and playing a lot of of Smash bros on the Wii U had passed, we wanted a slightly different experience. We were also influenced by Top Professional Melee Players who constantly went on to participate on tournaments and we would hold parties in someone's house just to watch the Tournament on Stream, all of us together, while playing Smash. Intoxicated with how Super Smash Bros Melee was played at top level, we slowly but steadily shifted towards getting our own Gamecube/Wii's so we could start practicing Melee too! Just like our favorite top players did and still do to this day. Our practicing only led to us getting better by sparring with each other and soon it became a hunt to find who was the best player overall.

The day finally came. The day we were all training for had finally come to fruition. This is what we had worked our asses over for months. That was the day finally we held our first local tourney. At this early level of us getting accustomed to the meta of the game and the overall heavier and faster mechanics of Melee, we duked it out. Not being the best players of the game at all, but in our eyes and most importantly, our hearts, we were. I remember getting at least into 5th place at that time and boy did I feel great about it but more importantly, here's where things started to take a more serious turn. These results were the first time our current ranks in terms from best to worst were decided. These results worked as the first guideline of who really were doing their homework and who weren't. The people who didn't like their results had to grow a new pair of balls and get up to the level of the top 5 players who were training almost everyday and getting better as time passed. And then 3 years later, in 2018 we find ourselves at our 3rd yearly entry of our local tournament series.

Enter: Evo Caribe 2018

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(Not an official tournament held by the EVO team, we just like the name and use it as a common joke between us.) ALSO: Logo made by always incredible Log. Check him out!

So our third yearly local tournament came to be, and with it's conception, our rivalries came to be once again, joined together only by the passion of playing video games together and overall just trash talking each other because inside our hearts and minds, we all believe we're the best player in the group. This time we were holding several tournaments on different games, Tekken 7, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike and most importantly, Super Smash Bros Melee. Although this time, aside from the aforementioned tournaments, we all had a bigger date with the devil we wanted to address. The main event and the conception of the Evo Caribe 2018 came to be because 2 of my friends, specifically Melee players 911 and Juan had a beef going on prior to some months before Evo Caribe came to be.

If you haven't figured it out, this isn't a moment I specifically participated in, but it involved my best friend, someone who I consider a rival of mine and another friend of mine who I also consider somewhat of a rival too because of the way we all trash talk each other. Maybe I wasn't the protagonist in here but that doesn't take less of the experience for me. I was as emotionally invested in this match as if I was there playing with my own hands. Two of my dearest friends, duking it all out against the other one, with months of prior preparation all leading up to this moment.

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Actual picture taken during the Money Match. 911 being the guy with the red shirt and Juan (whose actual name isn't Juan...) being the guy with the Afro.

And as the title says, my heart started to get all excited and agitated when the Money Match was being set up, everyone turned off their other tournament setups and actually got up to watch what would be decided in this event. Who would end up winning? By how much? How much money did they bet on this match? What about their pride? There was simply too much at a stake. But they didn't back out, they didn't even show fear when sitting down and then starting to select their characters. They had their mind set and no one would make them change what they were feeling at that time.

On the other hand, the audience was split in two sides. The guys who supported 911 and the other half of the audience who supported Juan. And as soon as the players sat down and started the game up, a very heavy although invisible but absolutely real veil of suspense was set upon the viewers. It wasn't up to us anymore, it was up to Juan and 911 to battle it out and make the other one eat each and every one of their words.

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Another image as the battle went on.

The match was as close as it could get. Requiring the players to win a best of 5 set, it was fairly close. My best friend, 911 took the first game with a slight advantage, this meant I could relax a little bit and stop being anxious about this encounter... I mean, my heart was still beating fast with excitement but this quarrel was far from over. It happened in the blink of an eye, Juan took the second game by counter picking a beneficial stage for his Fox. This is when I really started to sweat. COLD SWEAT. And I wasn't the only one either, everyone in the crowd was expressing surprise sounds and gasping, all the while people in the back murmured about how close the match was going and how they couldn't predict who would win. Then 911 took the third game on his own. People thought Juan was done for but he didn't let the pressure get to him and then took the fourth game with his own hands. And so we reached Game 5.

No player had let the other one take any ground when there was an apparent weakness in the gameplay. They adjusted their game plan as the fight went on, leaving no stone unturned, leaving no weakness to be exploited, until... 911's trusted Captain Falcon sent Juan's Fox out of the stage, and when he tried to recover, he simply couldn't because Fox's Fire missile was stopped by a gallant and appropriate kick to the face. But the humiliation didn't just end there. 911 took a bold decision when Juan was respawning, He decided to taunt. He decided to do what's considered as the most unknightly thing to do, the most disrespectful thing you can do. But hear me out, this can have 2 effects on your opponent, he either doesn't take your taunt and starts playing better and better so he can taunt you back when he wins OR the taunt demoralizes him completely and in turn, makes his hands turn into spaghetti, failing moves, losing stocks by making mistakes, and just playing poorly overall because of the nerve wracking experience taking its toll on his sweaty articulations. The latter is what happened to Juan. So you can already imagine who managed to triumph in that last and fifth game.

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Yes, My boy 911 took the win over Juan's fast but repetitive game plan, he proved to be strong, but not enough to adapt his gameplay on a tough spot so he could endure game 5. The decline was obviously visible to the audience and we already knew what was going to happen as soon as 911 took the lead and swoop the whole audience by taunting his opponent.

The Veil of suspense was then removed. As 911 popped off from his chair, I went rushing in to hug him and congratulate him. A few seconds later he stepped back and got his hand on Juan's back, who was still sitting there in front of the TV. Although he had taken the victory, it wasn't an easy one, so some congratulations went all the way to Juan, but more importantly from his Rival. In my opinion there's nothing better than having an eternal rival which you fight everyday to become better. And even better of a feeling is when your Rival feels the same way towards you. There's a special bond which forms between you two, something unique, something that not anyone in a million years could replicate in the same way.

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Here's a pic of us watching the Street Fighter setups! I'm the guy with the dark green shirt!

As a conclusion i'd like to remark again that even if I wasn't the protagonist on this event, I was there and I lived it with my own eyes, skin, hair and ears. Every inch of uneasiness, tension and pressure was almost visible to our mortal eyes.I can assure you that in our minds, each and every spectator felt like the stakes of both players were theirs. And it just makes me think about how there's not a thing in the world that makes me feel like this. There's not a thing in the world that makes me feel these many butterflies in my stomach whenever rivalries like this are tested on my field of view, especially when i'm there to spectate and give support to my friends who are giving it their all to be the best and become the winner. Whenever I see them grow and fight each other, I feel like if different parts of myself were fighting each other. It's just a magical sight to behold. It's just too much of an emotional gaming moment for me not to want to write about it. I mean, we've grown so big that we've even organized tournaments at out local colleges, and a ton of new people have joined up to the team, slowly getting to know more participants, bringing them in and then making new friends! I'll leave a couple of screenshots from other tournaments and meetings down below!

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This is the continuation of a tournament we had organized at the Universidad Simón Bolivar! It was the first tourney where veterans of the Venezuela Melee Scene joined our tournaments for the first time!

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At the Simon Bolivar University!


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Another setup at the University! If you paid attention, you can notice that 911 is in here too!


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911, a Rossito and me, Volderhein at the university!


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Me waiting for a match to be done! (Also I was fatter and had shorter hair, but shh!)


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Some of our Friends! In this case Hotaru and Leon commentating on some matches that were being recorded!

Thanks for reading this long ass post guys, HAHAHAHAFJKD <3 If you ever see me writing long posts like this one here, you know i really love what i'm writing about. So i'll see you on the next one guys. I hope you enjoyed the ride with me because I surely did so. Let me know what you think or if you have felt something like this before, I'd love to hear it! But for now Goodbye!

DISCLAIMER: All of the images on this post have been given to me by my friends, so I've avoided using sources to not cloud the post and make it look ugly. These pictures are just on our personal Facebook accounts.


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Hey @volderhein, was interesting to read your post. I can imagine how you feel, I have also a Teenage boy and he is like you, recently he collected all the presents pocket money from X-mas, Birthday and any other events and planning to buy some upgrade for his game. I trully have no idea and probably will not understand. But what I found amazing that while playing he learnt many other guy from different countries who have the same interest and they playing online, this is really weird for me, but now here we are. His plan for future to create computer games adn just working in this area. Viva game industry!

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Hey! I had forgotten to answer this comment!

I hope your boy becomes a well known developer! It's nice that people who love videogames also start working on the industry. That's how great games are born! Tell him to keep it up!

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Thanks, team!

Man, just looking at your pics remind me of the good old times here in Cuba with my team T.T Hope you still hang out and play together!

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We still do! In fact, Evo Caribe 2018 isn't actually over yet. We're planning on making a second edition and hosting tournaments of Dragon Ball Fighters Z, Skull Girls and Street Fighter V!

There's no signs of us stopping in the near future!

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Also, what games did you use to play with your team?

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Ohhhhh, Dragon Ball Fighers Z... somehow completely dissapointed me, I'm a big fan of DBZ games ever since Tenkaichi back in the PS2, but DBZ fighters is fun, but characters aren't balanced at all.
Skull girls is actually pretty popular and funny, I'm a big fan of Aksys fighting games, they're like the masters of 2D fighting games.
Haven't played Street fighter in like... forever.

Well, has you probably surmissed from my post. We played as a team Dota, but before that I played with a close group of friends tons of Yugioh and Monster hunter. And for those that liked challenges we played Guilty gear at first and then Blazblue. Nothing like a good old fashioned 1vs1 fight when you need to test your limits.
It's true that as a team the most fun moments where while playing Dota, but a lot of other epic moments were made while playing other multi games...

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Dude I love monster hunter!!! And Damn! Guilty Gear and Blazblue intimidate me a lot, lol I don't understand how to play those games (Yet, I play Tekken and enjoy it a lot...) And as you said, we play a lot more games but our main thing at the end of the day is Melee!

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I loved Super Smash! My brother had a gamecube, so we played this game a lot. Just with him and maybe a friend of his though. It was so awesome, but my brother always won, so I enjoyed playing alone more ;-)

I loved Kirby's sucking and stone moves and I also loved playing Mart. I think those were the two characters I played most of all!

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I get what you mean about enjoying playing this game alone more, lol!

When I played it as it came out, I remember being extra surprised when I noticed Kirby could copy other character's abilities and use them against them! This game was a blast to play and it still is!

Thank you, thank you for coming by and taking the time to read and comment, I really apreciate it a lot and these are the things that motivate me to keep creating content like this! <3

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This game was a blast to play and it still is!

Kinda wish I could still play it! Honestly, all I need is a decent controler, because I already have the gamecube and the game, both bought out of nostalgic reasons. The controler isn't too good though. Maybe I'll look for a new one one day, if they even still exist!

Thank you, thank you for coming by and taking the time to read and comment, I really apreciate it a lot and these are the things that motivate me to keep creating content like this! <3

No problem! To be honest, I don't read many posts anymore, because I spend less time on Steemit, but it's still great to find good posts like these and support them :D

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No problem! To be honest, I don't read many posts anymore, because I spend less time on Steemit, but it's still great to find good posts like these and support them :D

That makes it even more special to me that you took the time to comment and read in here o/: <3

And also, new controllers ARE being made still to this day! You got your old but original controllers being reselled, the new and revamped ones that came out with Super Smash for the Wii U and last but not least, you got third party controllers which try to replicate Gamecube's original feel. The latter can be customized to have special designs on them!

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And also, new controllers ARE being made still to this day!

Oh that's awesome! I'll definitely have to look into that soon :D

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You should! There are some really good designs out there!

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Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks <3 <3 <3 I swear i'll have more great post for you guys to curate, hehehe!

Other than the Demo of the 3DS SSB, I haven;t played any but playing that I know how charming it is for multiplayers. I spent much of my flfe playing single player even when my brother and cousins played against themselves.

You priced the Melee so much do you recommend the 3ds one?

Great post, I love the attached photos, I skimmed through it,
so who are you among all those people?

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The 3ds one is great along with the Wii U Version! Definitely a better version than the outdated Wii one! Spme people consider the Wii U/ 3DS version to be the best ones since they're the most polished ones. And believe me, both entries have a lot of care put onto each other. I just rather play Melee competitively since it's a little bit faster but that's just my opinion. Every Smash Bros game is really really good and shouldn't be put aside!

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Thanks, I have the same money problem as you so I won't buy it anytime soon but its on my want list want list now.

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If you own a 3DS you could probably uhmm.... Homebrew it But shh, don't tell anyone!

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Yeeah, about that...

shh, don't tell anyone!

The secret in well hands.

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Also if you check the pictures with detail, I described what I was wearing in some pictures! I'm the tall guy who has black hair! or the one who has a grey shirt in the second (from last to first) picture! The one who's looking at the camera!

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Found you,I'm happy to know how you look... Sorry, when I writing my posts I'm too tired to read other posts carefully so I usually look for interesting words or headlines and read the parts around them.

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Hey that's not bad! I skimmed through your final fantasy post the first time around! And I got to read it today, lol

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You have so much passion for gaming and its amazing how you and your friends were able to turn such passion into something this big. Having something that build great friendships as these is so cool!

Do you guys organize the tournament every year?

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Thanks for reading! And yeah we managed to turn a game into a hobby and then into so much more only by the passion each of us has for this game.

Do you guys organize the tournament every year?

Yes we do! We organize some smaller tournaments every few months but there's always a BIG ONE we all require to go to. That is where most of the beef is settled up!

What a great post :-) i also love to gaming in my free time! But you guys are really awesome! Looks like a super cool gaming session, with friends its double time so great to play.

... Your post remembers me back in time, when we had our crazy lan partys :-)

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Yeah someone had already commented that! There's something great about playing together with your friends which can't be replicated in any way!

lol, looked like you guys were having a blast. How many years has this been going on?
Way back in the day the guys around here would pull together a quake tourney, which looked a lot like you guys, it would get down to the last two teams and everybody would just crowd around the screens and watch everyone going at it. We usually played a capture the flag mod. It was our idea of a money game, but it was winner take all, which was usually 40 or 50 bucks, as we were all broke because we spent all of our money on our PC's...
I do love the way you put the post together it brought back memories and made me laugh, I was never the "fatter version of me" I was always the toothpick skinny nerd...

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We've been organizing these parties or meetings for more than 3 years if I recall correctly! And hey, thank you for taking the time to read and actually comment about your experience! I was not around when Quake came out but I do get the feeling of what you're trying to describe!

Also yeah, I was the fat guy of the group, lol.

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It's one of the disturbing things about getting old, realizing that adults are young enough to be your kids...
Just think counterstrike, or call of duty, or team fortress. and go back 20+ years of graphics and controls.....
I think Quake was the first true over the internet multiplayer FPS. There are still some people who play it today....

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These games reek longevity! But I guess it speaks about how detailed they were made for their time and how great a fanbase of players can be. How many people still play Diablo 2 instead of 3 and many more examples like that? Old School Runescape too!

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Now Runescape, there's one for an awesome post.
I think part of the beauty of quake was they would let you mod the levels and skin your player. I played as fred flintstone quite a bit.... lol. You could mod on elder scrolls as well, at least in mirrowind (last one I played)

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Wow I didn't know that! I guess modding really was there when old games were booming as well!

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lol, yes I think Quake was the first game where you could actually host them over the internet. Doom just before it you had to be on the same physical LAN. Nerds have pretty much hacked and modded since computers first started.

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