“TV-Game 15” Is The Oldest Game In Super Smash Bros.

By Ishaan . May 19, 2014 . 8:30am

Last week’s batch of Super Smash Bros. screenshots brought further insight into Little Mac’s alternate Wireframe costume. Director Masahiro Sakurai wrote: “The man that actually drew the pixel art wire frame in the original [Punch-Out!!] was none other than Shigeru Miyamoto. He said he drew the pixels for the wire frame on graph paper.”


Sakurai also revealed that the oldest game represented in the new Super Smash Bros. is the TV-Game 15, which is an Assist Trophy in the new title.


Sakurai wrote: “The unexpected Assist Trophy, the TV-Game 15! Color TV-Game 15 is a home entertainment system that was released in 1977 in Japan before the release of Space Invaders. This is the oldest game to join the Smash Bros. series.”


He continued: “Normally, controllers for these types of games had knobs with variable resistors–these allowed the players to control in-game movement by how far they twisted the knobs. The TV-Game 15 used microswitches instead. We’ve worked a little too hard to reenact the behavior of the original, so the paddles always move in linear paths with the same, consistent speed. We pay attention to such peculiar details!”



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  • dawnbomb

    I don’t even…

  • Spirit Macardi

    1977… Damn, and a certain series that I don’t want to see anywhere near this came out in 1980…

    • BlinkingRune

      What series?

      • DeepSleeper

        If he actually came out and said it, it would diminish the passive aggression.

        • BlinkingRune

          I’m going to guess it’s the Game & Watch series.

          • idrawrobots

            But Mr. Game & Watch is so good.

          • BlinkingRune

            I agree, and I think his inclusion in some form (preferably playable) is important.

  • idrawrobots

    So, no Laser Clay Shooting System.

    • keithmaxx

      So, no hanafuda cards either.

      • Stickers will be replaced by the Hanafuda cards. Trust me, for I know a person who knows this person’s uncle who works in a shipping company, whose brother is working for Bandai Namco in Japan as a designer for the game.

  • Hagaren

    Ah, good ol’ Pong! You can see in AVGN’s review just how many Pong consoles were made throughout the years.

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