90s, Blog, Internet Time Travel, Video Games — November 24, 2014 9:57 am

Internet Time Travel: SmashBros.com

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With Super Smash Bros. Wii U freshly released, we thought we’d take a look back, all the way back to the year 1999 when Super Smash Bros. first hit the N64. Like everything at the time, SSB had its own domain, still does, in fact. But in the late 90s, there was a special charm about it.

I’ve been online since 1996 or so, and have been creating my own websites ever since. My web designing inabilities aside, I’m always interested to see a site’s evolution. I remember when frames were cutting edge, so to see elements of design that were so integral to every website in the late 90s become… well, inoperable, is very interesting to me.

Enter SmashBros.com

This is what SmashBros.com looked like (for the most part) on November 17, 1999.


Remember splash pages? Maaaaaan they were useful.


The original Super Smash site includes information on all the different moves (regular and advanced), modes and stages, power-ups, profiles of the available characters…


And even hidden stuff. Jiiiiiggilypuuuuufffff…


Before you posted those passive aggressive e-cards on your own Facbeook wall, you had to seek out and send e-card privately, and they weren’t for being passive aggressive. People would send e-cards all the time. Not just your great aunt that just got an email address last year– EVERYONE was sending e-cards. And if you installed Shockwave, you could send some Super Smash e-cards!


In 2000, a poll feature was added that’s slightly reminiscent of the Nintendo Club polls you breeze through and click random radio buttons on.


In 2002, after Super Smash Bros. Melee for the GameCube was released, the site was refreshed with a (then) modern look.


Of course, this new website wouldn’t be complete without a high bandwidth flash site that loaded in a new window.


The next site makeover came in 2005 as a way to shill a special GameCube deal.


The year 2006 brought us a website with so many landing pages. So many. This site, however, served to tide us over until Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii came out. A note from Masahiro Sakurai of Sora, director of the Super Smash Bros. series, appeared on the site. Later that year, he added a blurb saying he won’t be updating again until after Brawl is completed. Still, you don’t really see that much anymore. This version of the site even features a message board! How quaint and mid-2000s of it! And for those wondering, the music still worked.


The next big update came along in 2007, which gave the site a more blog-like feel.


In 2008, we saw some killer graphics added to the site.


From 2008 until 2013, the site was largely left untouched, only updated to promote Super Smash Bros. Brawl for $29.99 (why did I fork over twice that much on release day? All I had to do was wait five years.)


In 2013, we see the next major site change in preparation for Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and for the 3DS.


Which brings us to the site’s current incarnation– more promotion for the Wii U and 3DS version of Super Smash Bros.It’s crazy to look back and see what the site started as!

What was your favourite version of the SmashBros.com website? What’s your favourite Smash Bros. game?

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