The Super Smash Bros franchise means many things to many people.
For some, it’s a party game starring dozens of popular video game characters. For others, it’s an intense eSport about frame data and hitboxes.
However you play, the franchise has always excelled in bringing friends together as they huddle round the telly and smash it out. The recently released Super Smash Bros Ultimate, with over 70 characters and 100 stages, is perhaps the perfect distillation of the Nintendo fighting series.
If you need proof of this, look no further than Saint Paul, Minnesota last Friday when the latest edition launched (December 7).
A group of friends were at a small gathering to celebrate the release of Ultimate and game the night away.
Now, I don’t know if you’ve ever played Smash Bros, but it can get pretty intense. Predictably, excitement got the better of the assembled crowd.
It all proved a bit too raucous for at least one neighbour, and the police were soon called with a noise complaint registered. Things weren’t looking good.
Jovante M. Williams actually managed to arrive at his friend’s place for the Smash Bros session just as the police pulled up, revealing they tend to play their games on mute these days for the very reason they don’t want to trouble any neighbours.
Williams told Yahoo that the law enforcement officers soon realised this gathering was nothing more sinister than a group of friends making Mario and Pikachu fight to the death, so he asked them to join in.
The officers proved that the lure of getting to jump the queue at any event where a console is present is too much for anyone to resist, even on duty cops.
I’m like, ‘Y’all wanna play Smash?!’ And two of them literally raised their hand and walked up. They’re like, ‘How do you jump?’ They were acting; one of them was playing Pikachu!
Video of the heartwarming incident was even captured and shared to Twitter, check it out below.
SO NEIGHBORS CALLED THE COPS 👮🚓 ON US AND NOW WE FIGHTING THEM…
— YOU JUST LOST 1 (@JoviJenovi) December 9, 2018
One of the officers confirmed in the end that the issue was handled with no charges filed against any party involved.
If law enforcement could settle every minor issue with a quick game of Smash Bros (or maybe Mario Kart) the world would likely be a much better place and humanity could dare to dream once more.
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Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.