After a brief struggle with covid-19 I have returned, joining by stalwart co-hosts Ethan and Lisa Marie in a conversation about the smash hit that is Smash Bros. This week we’ve tapped in resident fighting game scholar Ian Walker to help us plumb the depths of over two decades of Nintendo characters hitting each other. We start with the history of the series, which started in 1999 when I was 26 and everyone else on this week’s episode were babies. Then we explore this week’s big reveal of yet another sword character. Finally, we wrap things up with some talk of the games that Smash made, including Brawlhalla, Rivals of Aether, and of course, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

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