Super Smash Bros. ultra fan Chris Taylor passed away only days after playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the first time.
Most of us will have to wait until December 7th to get our hands on a copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. But some of us, sadly, don’t have that kind of time.
Chris Taylor was one such fan who literally couldn’t wait until December to play the next installment of the Nintendo fighting game. The Smash Bros. superfan was diagnosed with cancer at an early age, and although he overcame the illness multiple times, it had once again re-emerged earlier this year. He was given 3-6 months to live in July, which meant there was a better than even chance he’d never get to play Ultimate.
But that was before his friends and family started a social media campaign to somehow get Chris an advanced copy of the game, posting to Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook. The plan was to catch Nintendo’s attention to see what they could do.
Sorry to be sad on main during hype time but hearing about things like smash and DMC5 is starting to become painful to listen and reminds me i won't be able to play these games i've been waiting years for only for random chance to kill me slowly as soon as they're announced— Chris Taylor (@SpookyWoobler) September 13, 2018
@NintendoCanada @NintendoVS @NintendoAmerica A dear friend, @SpookyWoobler, is bedridden with terminal cancer, and would love to play Super Smash Bros Ultimate before he passes away. It would mean the world to him if you could help grant his wish! Thank you so much! https://t.co/vLAfyQzYAT— Alex Rochon (@AlexRochonVA) September 14, 2018
The plan worked. Last weekend, a Nintendo rep came out to his house in Ontario Canada and brought with him a demo copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He got to play for 3 hours long before anyone else ever will.
You can see in a picture posted to Reddit that despite being bedridden and with a terminal diagnosis, the 21-year-old Smash fan looked happier than any of us.
Tragically, just a few days later, Chris passed away. His brother Zach again took to Reddit to let the Smash Bros. community know of Chris’ untimely passing.
“Today Chris passed away at around 5 pm est. He was surrounded by friends and family when it happened in the comfort of his own home. On behalf of him and our family, we are extremely thankful for all the love and support Chris has gotten. You guys made it possible for his wish to come true.”
All our hearts here at TheGamer are broken after hearing the sad news. Our deepest condolences to the Taylor family, and our heartfelt thanks to Nintendo for making a young man’s dying wish come true.
And when you get your copy of Smash Bros. Ultimate on December 7th, be sure to dedicate your first melee to Chris’ memory.