Take a look at how the original cast of Super Smash Bros. has evolved after almost 20 years

12 characters that have stuck together from early 3D to photo-realism

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • June 28, 2018 at 4:35 p.m. PDT

The original Super Smash Bros. title came to the Nintendo 64 in 1999 to bring together Nintendo's largest icons to battle it out like no one had ever seen before. In the 19 years since its original launch, the franchise and video games as a whole have changed pretty drastically.

A Twitter user by the name of ComJay recently shared an image depicting the original cast of Super Smash Bros. in all of their incarnations between games spanning from the Nintendo 64 to the modern Switch.

The first Super Smash Bros. game featured 12 playable characters: Mario, Luigi, Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Kirby, Donkey Kong, Ness, Yoshi, Link, Fox, Samus and Captain Falcon. The roster has grown to at least an enormous 68 characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (with even more possibly on the way), yet those original 12 have remained in every title to date.

Through Super Smash Bros. Melee, Brawl, Wii U and now Ultimate, the graphics have improved many times over from those early days of 3D graphics on a 64-bit system to make the round characters, like Jigglypuff an Kirby, more round and the designs more fleshed out.

These design upgrades appear to have helped Samus and Fox McCloud the most giving their Sci-Fi aesthetics more moving parts, lights and small details to make them look more futuristic and hi-tech... though Donkey Kong and Pikachu have also come a long way from their Nintendo 64 days.

There's probably no better way to celebrate 20 years of Smash Bros. than releasing a game with every character to appear in the franchise under one new roof. You can take a look at ComJay's image below, and be sure to tell us which character design hits your nostalgia bone the hardest down in the comments section.

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Source: ComJay

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