Heartwarming: Super Smash Bros.

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     Super Smash Bros.Melee 
  • In the opening, we see the Ice Climbers climbing platforms. One of them almost falls, but the other saves him. The music helps too.

     Super Smash Bros.Brawl 
  • The confrontation between Bowser and Donkey Kong; Bowser has a gun that transforms the characters intro trophies. Diddy Kong doesn't understand the danger he's in, so Donkey Kong performs a Heroic Sacrifice by knocking Diddy into the air Taking the Bullet Bowser aimed for Diddy, transforming him into a trophy, all to protect his buddy. Aw!
  • The friendship that forms between Samus and Pikachu is sweet. Samus is the "I Work Alone" type, and since she's human and Pikachu is a Pokémon, it makes her look like Pikachu's trainer.
    • Especially her face when she sees Pikachu being basically tortured in the machine. She takes in about a second of seeing the little guy squealing in pain and promptly responds with a non-verbal HELL NO and smashes the glass.
    • And what does Pikachu do the second it's released from being tortured? Jumps in front of Samus with cheeks sparking, ready to defend its savior from the R.O.B.s attracted by the alarm.
  • When Ness realizes the badges that revived him and Luigi belong to Dedede, he immediately decides to revive him. This for some guy he doesn't even know! On that note, there's also Ness and Luigi helping Dedede up after Wario attacks him. This doubles as a CMoF on Wario's part.
  • Ness again, he jumps in to save a kid he just met. Then he pushes him out of harms way not knowing if he'll be revived or not! Ness is a real sweet kid. And years later, when Nintendo wanted to show Lucas' return to Smash Bros, what did his reveal trailer depict? Lucas coming to Ness' rescue and repaying a long overdue favor.
  • Whichever scene you play ("Mario's Misunderstanding/Link's Misunderstanding") is kind of heartwarming in a way. Mario gets it if he sees his princess's trophy apparently dissolve at the hands of Link, and rushes in to try and avenge her. Whereas if you play Link, he's the one charging at Mario, who then has to avoid becoming a plumber-kebab. Either way, it's nice to know how much they both care.
  • Dedede! Boy, was he a surprise! First he gathers up as many heroes as he can in one place to make a hero team. Then he gives up the one thing he knows can revive trophies for one of the princesses. Near the end of the game he gives Kirby a Bear Hug!
  • The friendship between Pokémon Trainer and Lucas, particularly their handshake after Lucas's Crowning Moment of Awesome blowing up Galleom's arm to save himself and PT. And Meta Knight swooping in and saving the duo from a deadly fall at the last minute, after Lucas frees them from Galleom.
  • After defeating Tabuu, you see the entire playable cast (or at least, all those you saved) on a cliff, overlooking the ocean where the Great Maze area of Subspace was, with the main theme blaring full blast. Then, the credits cut in, with an epic medley of the credits theme of the original Smash Bros, the main theme of Melee, and a piano solo of the main theme from Brawl, all while bits of cutscenes that correspond to the mood of the music play in a little box on the screen.
    • The music is great, and now knowing the lyrics, its meaning is clear.
      "Now, my friends are here with me. Some once heroes, some my mortal enemies. And now, as we face each other in battle, locked in combat, we shine ever brighter."
  • The fact Diddy Kong forces Fox and Falco to help save his friend Donkey Kong is sweet. For Donkey Kong, at least.
    • The fact that neither of the protest much indicates that they really don't mind helping. Falco's thumbs-up to Diddy is proof of that.
    • The second time around with Diddy dragging Falco, Fox follows behind giving Falco a "Just roll with it" expression that really helps to drive home that he (and Falco) are absolutely cool with helping the guy out.
  • When Link and Zelda find Ganondorf's trophy, they share a glance with each other before reviving him. Ganondorf is shocked by this, and while he considers attacking them the moment they turn their backs on him, he decides against it and instead follows them to fight Tabuu, knowing that he is the true enemy.
  • The reason behind Hideo Kojima asking Snake to be in Brawl? His kids are fans and they wanted to see one of their father's characters in the game.
  • During Snake's codec conversation about Luigi, Snake instantly argues in Luigi's defense when AI Colonel starts mocking Luigi.
    • Another codec conversation, Snake sympathizing with Lucas' troubles and with the loss of a brother and mother is particularly heartwarming.
  • The concept alone of the many famous protagonists of several video game franchises teaming up together to defeat one great evil. Even better that even the antagonists who were initially puppets of Tabuu, join our heroes in the very end to save the world, knowing that it's for the greater good.
  • Diddy Kong urging R.O.B. to escape before the area they're in explodes, and Donkey Kong just straight up carrying R.O.B. out when he refuses to move.

     Super Smash Bros for Wii U/ 3 DS 
  • Mega Man finally showing up in the series, because many fans asked for him, so they gave the fans what they wanted.
    • Keiji Inafune, often called "the father of Mega Man", stated that he was "ecstatic" that Mega Man was added to the roster. He also said that he was looking forward to playing as Mega Man and beating his own kids in the game.
    • Even better, Mega Man's Final Smash involves summoning four other Mega Men to help him.
    • This tribute sums the entire beauty of this perfectly
  • As a secret unlockable character, Luigi usually isn't revealed until after the game is released. However, seeing as how it's The Year of Luigi, they decided to give the man in green the spotlight for Super Smash Bros. 4 early, further showing that Nintendo hasn't forgotten about Mario's younger brother.
    • Luigi gaining Poltergust as his Final Smash in Smash Bros 4 seems go the way of showing that Luigi has finally embraced his strengths and positiveness towards his self-confidence, especially if looking to the outcome of events in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.
    • In a meta-sense, Luigi in Smash 4 seems to have developed far beyond the incarnations seen in previous games - not only was he promoted to the starting roster in both versions as opposed to being a Secret Character, but more audience members cheer for him when he does well, rather than just a few people cheering for him like in Brawl. Additionally, though this is likely unintentional, Smash 4's Luigi is considered to be much improved from his Brawl appearance in terms of overall viability. Looks like having his own year payed off in the long run!
  • Kirby and a Luma dancing together at the end of Rosalina's reveal trailer. They even hi-five with their stubby arms!
  • The old red biplane from Pilot Wings and the new seaplane from Wii Sports Resort in flight together is pretty epic. It represents two generations of Nintendo in one place!
  • The Smash Bros. Direct had a quick one. When Rosalina sends her Luma out to attack Diddy Kong, Donkey Kong swoops in and carries her off the stage for it.
  • Pac-Man joining the fight is cool for different reasons, but someone else put it best when describing what his inclusion means for Smash Bros. and Nintendo (also counts as an Awesome Moment):
    "Whether you're a fan of the character or not, with the introduction of Pac-Man, Nintendo just pulled the video-game equivalent of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." This is an incredible achievement that should be noted

    This means that Nintendo has pulled off something unheard of - something no other company has come close to accomplishing. They have brought together four gaming legends that each started the entire industry from four separate corners of the art form. Mario from Nintendo, Sonic the Hedgehog from Sega, Megaman from Capcom, and Pac-Man from Namco. These are four characters and companies that made the very foundation of what gaming is today, and now, in one giant collab hosted by Nintendo, they will all be in the same game together for the first time to fight it out in a celebration of the art.

    This is literally on the same scale as Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse being in the same scene together from the movie, and will probably never happen again for a long time. Nintendo literally blew E3 out of the water culturally with this. So yes, the hype is very high, but the weight of this should drive it even higher! +1 Respec' for the Big N."
    • These images pretty much sum it up.
    • Even better when it's revealed that Ryu is available as DLC, bumping up the hype further.
  • Chrom, Robin, and Lucina are still True Companions as in their source material, fighting in each others' names. Even though he's not playable, Chrom still fights with Robin for his/her Final Smash. And as in the game, female Robin could be Lucina's mother and male Robin could be her husband, adding another layer of closeness between the characters.
    • Anyone who's played through Awakening knows how close and protective Lucina wishes to be of Chrom. To see her rush right at Captain Falcon and Robin coming to both lord's aid can cause a tear to form.
    • Taken even further between Chrom and Robin during the latter's Final Smash. When calling Chrom to the battlefield, both already deploy their strengths to aid each other for (Robin's) victory. Chrom is seen catching the opponent off-guard from behind, presumably per Robin's given strategy. Chrom then proceeds to slash the opponent fiercely to smithereens along with Robin barraging with his/her spells. In the Fire Emblem: Awakening fandom, it's universally regarded as the best and most heartfelt presentation of the unbreakable bond between Robin and Chrom, a common theme occurring throughout their game. It's also a classic Battle Couple moment if Robin is female.
    • Chrom has been shown to cameo in Robin's Victory Pose. Watching him seal the victory to his beloved (or best friend) will leave you heavy with heartwarming feelings.
    • In addition to that, he cameos in Palutena's Guidance for Robin, and vouches for his ally... all while Palutena and Viridi poke fun at him not being in the roster and being too similar to Ike.
    • On the subject of Male!Robin and Lucina, defeating Lucina when playing as Male!Robin will change his victory quote to "Lucina, I hope I didn't hurt you."
    • Speaking of victory poses, sometimes, Lucina will say, "Father! I've won!" Regardless of series, how can that not bring a smile to one's face?
    • Going a bit further, her Character ending has Chrom right behind her as she prepares for attack.
    • Robin's Final Smash deserves to be mentioned again. When s/he was revealed as part of the roster, many fans speculated his/her Final Smash would involve Grima in some form. Instead, Robin calls on his/her closest friend to help out, not the evil dragon god, reinforcing that his/her ties to his/her True Companions are more powerful than Grima's hold on him/her.
    • During the introduction trailer, after he saves her from Captain Falcon, there's a moment where Robin pauses and turns to check on Lucina, then gives her a reassuring smile and tells that everything's going to be okay now. It's a small but poignant moment reflecting the strength of the bond between the two.
  • Sakurai asked Ubisoft for some artwork of Rayman for trophy reference material. Ubisoft gave him a 3D model rendered specifically for Smash.
  • In Shulk's reveal trailer, he borrowed a catchphrase from someone. Players of Xenoblade know that the quote belongs to Reyn, Shulk's best friend since childhood. Even if Reyn doesn't show up, Shulk shows the bond they share. Also, fighting alongside Dunban is just heartwarming, considering no matter how dark it got for him, Dunban was always there for Shulk.
  • Master Hand and Crazy Hand brofisting at the start of their boss fight in Classic Mode can sort of be one. The creator and the destroyer teaming up to reign in a naughty trophy getting too big for its britches. Similiarly, on higher difficulties, Crazy Hand exiting the battle when Master Hand transforms into Master Core could be taken as him deciding that the battle is now in the creator's capable hands, now that he's going all-out and not holding anything back.
  • Even though Lucas isn't returning for this installment, he's still with Ness in spirit; some of his specials are available for Ness as custom abilities.
    • Heck, even his trophy is heartwarming (and somewhat tear inducing, as it cements the fact that he isn't coming back and it sort of plays up the ambiguous ending of his native game). From a translation:
      "Lucas used to be weak-willed, and cry all the time. However, he overcame unimaginable hardships, and must surely be out adventuring somewhere right now. Or perhaps, he’s found a partner and made a family of his own… No, no, that feels too soon. To fans of the MOTHER series, both Lucas and Ness might be young boys for all eternity."
    • No wait, screw that, he's coming back in form of a DLC. Looks like Ness won't be alone after all.
    • Remember that moment in Subspace Emissary where Ness saved Lucas from Porky. Well, it turns out Lucas is DLC character for Smash 4! And just in the nick of time too! Before Bowser can deliver the final blow to Ness, we hear a "PK Fire" and "Lucas Comes Out of Nowhere!" (No, really, that's his introductory splash.) The fact that Lucas comes in when Ness needed him the most is super heartwarming!
      • Also of note from Lucas' reveal trailer is that Lucas has a smile on his face when he first appears. Considering how hard the kid's life has been, this little detail is surprisingly heartwarming.
      • There's also a shot of Lucas protecting a dazed Ness from Bowser's flamethrower with PSI Magnet, further adding to the heartwarming.
    • Also, Lucas's All Star victory screen has him and Claus floating on a pink, heavenly background. D'awwwwww...
  • The fact that many of Duck Hunt's attacks involve barely missing getting shot may well seem like a normal Call Back to Duck Hunt, until you realize it's probably the hunter watching out for his dog.
  • Ninten can sometimes be seen on the Magicant stage, mostly in flashbacks showing his first encounter with Loid and him playing with his dog. After all these years, it's rather nice to see Ninten again.
    • Adding onto the Magicant love- you know the Magicant you've been fighting on this whole time? That's Ninten's Magicant.
    • Adding on more; as with the Cameos of Ninten, Ness and the other Chosen 4 in their original 16-bit forms can sometimes be seen near the Lumine Hall while the text "I'm Ness" scrolls by. Considering that Ness' Magicant is in his mind, the Lumine Hall displays Ness' thoughts, and this stage is where you first discover Ness in this game, it could just be Ness playing back a memory to greet you in his own funny little way.
  • Simply put, Roy isn't coming back. He didn't for this one and he probably won't for the next. That said, Nintendo is making it clear they haven't forgotten about him; Marth has a costume alt that looks like Roy's Melee garb. It seems his old Fire Emblem friend hasn't forgotten about him either.
    • Or is he? Even if it doesn't play out in the end, the fact that Roy is at least being considered for a return - and many fans have wholeheartedly accepted him back - is proof that Sakurai and the Smash team really do care about every character they've overseen.
    • As it happens, our boy is indeed returning!
    • Roy's return is this in and of itself for his fans, but even moreso is just how much he's grown. Sporting a fresh new look just for Smash and with some retooling to his moves, he not only fights much more like he did in Binding Blade, but is closer to a Luigi or Falco type semi-clone. He's come a long way...
    • In his trailer, Roy is about to take a Falcon Punch on the face... when out of nowhere, Lyn swoops for a protective slash. For Fire Emblem-fans getting into the series through series' first localized game, this surely tucked into their heartstrings in very satistfying way.
      • Gets even sweeter if you paired both Eliwood and Lyndis in Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword/7.
  • The Koopalings in Bowser Jr's trailer. Sure, the Koopalings could have been hidden off as "alts" similar to how Female Robin was shown at the end of Robin's trailer as a short portion. But the Koopalings were introduced shortly after Bowser Jr's moveset was shown ... In a sense, Junior was inviting the rest of his family to join the fight. The Koopalings aren't blood-related to him, but they're still his friends.
  • Mewtwo's return. It's awesome that Sakurai and the development still listen to their fans long after the game is released.
  • Zapdos' trophy description may bring a fuzzy feeling in your heart (and a tear to your eye) from nostalgia:
    "Gazing up at dark storm clouds gathering in the sky, many children must have once wondered if the Pokémon they saw in the second movie was in the clouds. An innocent and childish dream, perhaps... but even today as adults, the sound of thunder might just bring back memories of this Legendary bird Pokémon."
  • The Pic of the Day after the 50 Facts Extravaganza. The first picture showcased is the original cast of the first Smash Brothers game on Battlefield. It's heartwarming to know how far the series has gotten since the N64 days.
  • The trailer for Duck Hunt's reveal illustrates why it's not just "Duck Hunt Dog" or "Duck Hunt Duo", as it shows that the Zapper operator is a key member of the collective character as well. It's capped off by the dog performing his signature laugh as the duck seems to smile at the operator, who holds the zapper proudly. This is referenced for their Palutena's Guidance conversation, where she explicitly tells Pit that they are a trio.
    • Just before that, the duck and dog high five. It shows them off as friends when they may have once been enemies, which is really touching.
    • Additionally, it lays to rest the idea that the operator is trying to shoot the dog and is actually protecting him.
    • There's something to be said about the transition to HD in Duck Hunt's Reveal. Almost like a heartwarming welcome back after not seeing them for a long time.
  • Palutena's Guidance for Mega Man is basically her, Pit and Viridi nerding out at how Mega Man is back, complete with screaming the names of his weapons.
    • Basically, it's the equivalent of Nintendo hugging the Blue Bomber's fans, especially considering how much of a cold shoulder Capcom has given him since Inafune left the company.
    Viridi: Hey, look, it's Mega Man!
    Pit: Is that really him? It is really him! WOW!
    Viridi: I hope he busts out his Mega Buster!
    Pit: I wanna see his Charge Shot!
    Palutena: Flame Blast!
    Viridi: Leaf Shield!
    Pit: Rush Coil!
    Palutena: Metal Blade!
    Viridi: Spark Shock!
    Pit: Air Shooter!
    Palutena: Crash Bomber!
    Viridi: Slash Claw!
    Pit: Flame Sword!
    All three of them: HARD KNUCKLE!
  • Palutena's Guidance for Kirby has Viridi gushing over how "Squishy and adorable" he is, in a tone that comes close to Baby Talk without mispronouncing any words. This coming from the ever Prickly Goddess of Nature makes it even more adorable.
  • The presence of the Commander Video trophy can count as one since it represents the cooperative relationships and solidarity between independent game developers and industry giants like Nintendo.
  • The track Donkey Kong Vocal Remix is essentially Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong singing an upbeat duet together.
  • Doc Louis appears alongside Little Mac in all of his victory poses, and a few of his quotes are sure to bring a smile to your face. Especially taking the Tear Jerker ending that the Wii version of Punch-Out had into account.
    "You're lookin' mighty good, son. Just like old times, huh?"
    "Ain't you flashy? You makin' my eyes water, son."
  • That awesome Star Fox stage? Orbital Gate Assault? The stage was developed over the course of AN ENTIRE YEAR! Star Fox may not have had a game in a while, but Nintendo clearly cares about it and its fans.
  • Lucario's Congratulations picture for All-Star has a Villager offering him chocolate, with a Pikachu behind him.
  • The Conquest for the week of December 15th through December 19th, 2014 was "Ties that Bind". What were the teams? "Brotherly Bonds", Mario and Luigi, "Father and Son", Bowser and Bowser Jr., and "Emblem Warriors", Robin and Lucina.
  • Mewtwo's All-Star congratulations screen in the Wii U version is a minor heartwarming moment, but it still counts nonetheless. Seeing Mewtwo and Dr. Mario together, both of whom haven't been playable in a Smash game for thirteen years, is sure to have any Melee fan cry tears of joy. Or tears of laughter, since that screen is hilarious.
  • Dark Pit's All-Star congratulations screen in the Wii U version shows him and Pit resting together on a plane's wing. When you consider Dark Pit's usual demeanor, it becomes even sweeter.
  • The Palutena Guidance for Male Wii Fit Trainer has Palutena ask Pit if she works him too hard, only for him to reply by saying that serving her gives his life meaning and that he'll always be at her service, a very cute display of loyalty to which Palutena replies to with "You're so sweet, Pit".
  • Roy's reveal trailer.
    Roy: Don't forget about me. I've returned at last!
  • A meta example. That awesome remix of Ryu's theme from Street Fighter II? That was made by Yoko Shimomura, who also created it in the original game. There's something sweet about her getting to make that song again, especially since Street Fighter II was made 24 years ago.
  • All the jokes about the two Roys are pretty funny, especially considering how reveal pictures on the official website showed Fire Emblem's Roy getting back at the Koopaling. However, one of Roy's 3DS ending pictures shows the two together, and not fighting for once. The two made up!
  • Yet another Roy example: In his trailer, Lyn, who can be Roy's mother, protects him from Captain Falcon.


  • Meta example: in the wee hours of the morning on February 1, 2013, Melee successfully raised over $90,000 as part of a competition to be concluded in the EVO fighting game tournament for 2013. Brawl barely hit three digits. Why? Brawl fans turned out to support Melee and unite behind that game instead of their own. Reasons aside, this event has dramatically cooled tensions between two factions in the Broken Base. Although that's likely an instance of the Spoiler Effect.
  • The Invitational Tournament at E3 2014. This coming together of fans and creators alike, all together for a show of sportsmanship and camaraderie, with everyone in a good mood.
  • This video made for Sakurai's 44th birthday. Which features Sakurai moving to beats of various Kirby soundtracks. Special mention goes to the moment where King Dedede and Kirby are moving their arms along with their creator and the ending.
  • Why does the Duck Hunt Dog team up with a duck? This comic is one explanation. That same comic has been made into a dynamically-animated comic on YouTube.
  • This Miiverse post has a magnificent screenshot: the Original Eight, on screen together for the first time outside the character select screen. Seeing such iconic characters gathered like that just plain feels good.