The release of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is doing gangbusters both with critics and on the Nintendo Switch’s sales charts, which means the internet is flooded with memes, guides, and tributes. One of the latter comes from a handful of stuntmen whose antics might seem familiar to geeks.
Sure Mario, Link, Ness, and Captain Falcon are going all-out in a four-man brawl, but not all those real-life moves are inspired by the game. Some come from the professionals involved, who’ve worked on Marvel movies and doubled for folks like The Walking Dead’s Negan.
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With the classic Smash announcer, the main theme playing underneath, and a handful of Falcon Punches, the battle translates a group of friends battling their favorite Nintendo representatives into the language of Daredevil and Captain America. Look at how Link uses his shield for the second’s inspiration. Director Micah Moore’s film even ends with a cheeky reference to the game’s solo plotline.
Even if it’s not a perfect match to the game (a la the Spider-Man guy), watching a fully grown man slapping people around as Ness is always satisfying. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is out now for the Switch.