Sometimes you're just not meant to win in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, even if you land the freeze-frame KO

Poor, poor Ridley...

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • March 11, 2019 at 12:12 p.m. PDT

Close calls are commonplace in the world of competitive fighting games. You've probably come across an instance where one player is about to score a KO, but the opponent turns it around with a sliver of health left and claims victory instead.

We see and experience these moments regularly, but there's a difference between close and razor thin. Sometimes the end of a match plays out in a manner that is so close it's nearly unbelievable.

We recently happened upon a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate clip from tooterdoodles that certainly fits the bill for razor thin.

The footage shows the final moments of a match between a Ridley and a Lucas player. As both contenders sat with well over 100% damage racked up — Lucas with 154% and Ridley at 111% — each fighter was one big hit away from losing the game.

As Lucas fired off a PK Freeze while standing on a platform, the Ridley came from underneath and landed a quick up tilt for the freeze-frame-hit finish. Right as it landed, Lucas' PK Freeze cracked Ridley, sending him flying to the right of the stage.

The attack that hit Lucas resulted in a KO, but one that saw him fly to the front of the screen and hit the camera, essentially — which has a longer animation before the KO actually registers. Unfortunately for Ridley, it was just long enough to allow the Metroid main villain to be knocked out first and ultimately lose the bout.

I can't even imagine the salt generated from this loss... I guess it just wasn't meant to be for Ridley this time.

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