Cover Reveal Video #3: Super Smash Bros.!

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  • September 14, 201514/09/15
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Hey there, Nintendo Force fans! Our tribute issue dedicated to Mr. Iwata is coming your way soon, and today we’re continuing our video series revealing its cover art one piece at a time. The talented artists behind YouTube’s Smashified art series have created the incredible art, separated into several different segments. Each segment of the cover art represents a different Nintendo game or franchise which Mr. Iwata impacted in a critical way. And each one is getting its own time-lapse video so you can see the art come to life, from earliest sketches to finished creation!

First up was the Pokémon series, and second was the two-in-one Balloon Fight + Kirby reveal. Today it’s Super Smash Bros.! Years ago, Mr. Iwata and his friend and colleague Masahiro Sakurai wanted to make a fighting game that would be more accessible for players of all skill levels. As development continued, Nintendo mascot characters were cast as the fighters and a franchise phenomenon was born! Mr. Iwata was instrumental in creating Smash in the first place, then helped save Super Smash Bros. Melee from suffering a significant delay by debugging and testing its code himself. Then he ensured the series would continue by announcing Brawl for Wii – without even asking Sakurai ahead of time! Even the latest sequels in the series, for 3DS and Wii U, owe their existence to him, as he arranged the partnership between Sakurai’s development team and Bandai Namco that made their development possible too. Masahiro Sakurai is the public face of the Smash series, but, truly, Mr. Iwata was the behind-the-scenes Master Hand acting as a puppet master, pulling the strings to make every installment possible!

Stay tuned for more updates over the next week as more pieces of the cover art are unveiled. All leading up to the release of “Issue #17: Thank You, Mr. Iwata” on Monday, September 21!

If you aren’t already a subscriber, you can fix that by visiting The NF Store! Or you can pre-order a copy of just the Mr. Iwata issue by itself, if you prefer. If you do that and pick to be sent a print copy, you’ll also get the Mr. Iwata tribute art in the form of a four-times-larger wall poster!



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