Introduced in the summer of 1975, SmashMatic「スマッシュ ・マティック」quickly became popular in the Japanese Game Centers. Following the success of the Laser Clay Shooting and the new Simulation System cabinet (turned into Wild Gunman & Shooting Trainer few months later) but just before the EVR’s Boom, SmashMatic is one of the first electro-mechanical machine and arcade game produced by Nintendo Leisure System.「任天堂レジャーシステム」
A mixture of table tennis and badminton?
“Ocarina of Time came out on November 21st, 1998. At around that time I was working on finishing up Smash Bros that was due out in January. I was at the Nintendo Kyoto headquarters for a meeting to prepare for its launch, and I bought it on my way home.”Iwata SATORU (2015)
“I’ve never once been embarrassed that children have supported Nintendo. I’m proud of it. That’s because children judge products based on instinct.”Iwata Satoru (2005)
According to the physicist Albert Einstein, the most important thing is not to stop questioning. So, when I saw the news about a Super Mario Bros. cartridge sold over $100,000, I first wondered if the Retrogaming Community has gone crazy, and start reading a bunch of articles about the multiple variants of the most iconic game released on Famicom / NES around the World.
Differences are mostly found in localization, labels or number of screws in the back of the cartridge, but the hardest part during my research was to find a website listing all of those variations.
After hundreds of eBay and Yahoo Japan auctions visited… I decided to create it.
Happy 35th Birthday Little Big Mustache!