Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is packed with Nintendo fan service – as you’d expect (for more, check out our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate review). But it’s also got a lot to offer for Street Fighter fans – including one thing you wouldn’t expect.
Evo Moment #37 is one of the most iconic competitive video game moments of all time. It happened at the Evolution 2004 fighting game tournament, during a Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike semi-final between Daigo Umehara and Justin Wong – probably the two most famous – and greatest – fighting game players of all time.
Evo Moment #37 saw a near-dead Daigo, playing as Ken, parry 15 consecutive hits of Wong’s Chun-Li super art for a dramatic comeback. It’s an incredible show of skill, displays an impressive calmness under pressure and, above all else, is dripping with cool. Here it is:
Well, it turns out you can recreate Evo Moment #37 in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Japanese Twitter user rebaken7 uses Ken’s shield mechanic to parry Fox’s rapid kick attack (Chun-Li isn’t a playable character in the game) before launching into his Final Smash – as close as Smash Bros. is going to get to a Street Fighter super art. Usefully, Ken’s Final Smash is the Shippu Jinraikyaku – the same move he uses for his critical art in 3rd Strike. Rebaken7 even does a jump attack between the final parry and the Final Smash to recreate Daigo’s air parry. It’s almost perfect.
— ひられば-2/H้irareba7 (@rebaken7) December 7, 2018
See? Who says Smash Bros. isn’t a proper fighting game?