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

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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!”

 

 

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.