Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director reveals the true meaning behind the game’s mysterious logo.
Even though Smash Bros. is a game about many different game franchises, the fighting series has become a franchise unto itself. Even the very first game had its own logo, which was a circle crossed with two cutout lines.
There have been many theories as to what the logo could possibly mean, with a few thinking it a reference to the colorful explosions which happen when a player is taken out. Others thought it had something to do with a bullseye and the competitive nature of the game.
Now, however, we’ve got a final answer straight from the horse’s mouth. Or game director Masahiro Sakurai’s mouth, even.
In the latest episode of their 3-part series, Japanese comedy duo Yoiko spoke to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s director to get behind-the-scenes knowledge on Nintendo’s fighting game. Although the video is entirely in Japanese and posted to Nintendo’s Japanese YouTube channel, @FarmboyinJapan over on Twitter provided a helpful translation when it came to the game’s logo.
Those intersecting lines are apparently symbolic of Smash Bros.’ “crossover” origins, featuring many different game franchises in a single game. Those lines also bisect the circle twice to form 4 quarters which represent the game’s 4-player multiplayer nature--at least, in the beginning. Nowadays, Smash Bros. can support 8-player melees, so it’s a little out of date.
In a recent video on Nintendo Japan’s Youtube channel, Sakurai was asked what the Smash logo is supposed to represent. He said that the intersecting lines are meant to show the “crossover” nature of the series and the circle divided into 4 sections represents 4 person multiplayer pic.twitter.com/9vZ5iU5cRr— Kyle McLain (@FarmboyinJapan) December 14, 2018
Smash Bros. remains the biggest crossover game franchise in history, having grown from 12 characters in 10 different Nintendo series to sporting 74 characters from over 33 different game series, and not just from Nintendo! Other company’s characters have joined in, including Pac Man, Shovel Knight, Solid Snake, and more.
And there will be even more characters added to the game as DLC, starting with Persona 5’s Joker. Recently we’ve heard rumors that Dragon Quest’s Erdrick will be joining Smash Bros. as yet another sword-wielding character.
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