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This Japan-Only Game Boy Game Made It Into Super Smash Bros., Too


While a lot of the cameos and Nintendo nostalgia in Super Smash Bros. tends to be from well-known Nintendo games, there’s also a bit from their more obscure titles in there. One of these games is Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru.


On Miiverse, director Masahiro Sakurai posted: “In this Smash Bros. installment, this little guy is also making an appearance! I…don’t know his name, but he’s the Prince of the Sablé Kingdom. He’s from the Game Boy game Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru (translated as The Frog For Whom the Bell Tolls), which was only released in Japan.”


Sakurai added: “Here’s the trophy of the Sablé Prince. He transforms into a snake or a frog, and unloads multiple attacks on any opponent he catches. Keep attacking your foes when they’re trapped in his dust cloud.”


Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.