Normally, when you hit the credit sequence in a game, you either zone or lie back and take it easy, but not in Smash Bros. campaign where players are given the task of zapping each name before it disappears from the screen. It’s such an iconic part of the series that you’d think someone would have gotten the top score in the most venerable entry of the franchise, Super Smash Bros. Melee, but no.
Until 2021, absolutely no one had managed to hit all 190 names in Melee sequence. But then a man named Nathaniel Bandy posed a challenge to society: The first person to nail down every credit will win $ 3,000 out of Bandy̵
Over a week later, someone – Martin Zarate – was finally good for it. Zarate told Polygon via Twitter that it took about 50 hours to achieve, with practice for individual sections clocking about a dozen hours each.
“The most challenging part will be the voice actors, they come in all different directions, and there is no room for error,” he said. “Once you’ve got the hardest part of the credits, you’ll stay put together and beat the rest.”
According to Zarate, it probably took so long for someone to do this because there was no incentive attached. The last known record happened over a decade ago, in 2007, when a player managed to hit 182 of the sequences. But Zarate also realized that it is a challenging task.
“You had to learn a different control style, remember the pattern and perform very difficult inputs,” he said.
The money, he said, will go to his education – Zarate gets a degree in parks and natural resources, with the hope of perhaps becoming a park ranger.
For now, though, Melee society celebrates its achievements. Like top Melee player Mew2King wrote in the comments to the YouTube video: “Wait for real ???”