subdirectory_arrow_right Super Smash Bros. Melee (Game), tobyfox (Company)
Attachment Before his career took off as an indie developer, Toby Fox used to play Super Smash Bros. Melee competitively under the old username 'Radiation'.

He is currently the only known competitive Super Smash Bros. player to have a character he has created represented in the series. Alongside the release of Banjo & Kazooie as a fighter, a Mii costume based on Sans from his game Undertale as well as an original remix of the song "Megalovania" were both added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on September 4th.
person LegacyTag calendar_month October 7, 2023
There's not much info about Toby Fox playing competitive Melee as he doesn't talk about it publicly too often, the VoD provided is the only publicly-known footage of him playing a set to my knowledge:

According to people, he was known as a bit of a local celebrity due to his work on the webcomic Homestuck, though that is more hear-say than anything definitive.
Attachment If the New Donk City Hall stage loops three times, or a music track from the game Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is playing, Captain Toad will cameo on the stage. This references Super Mario Odyssey where Captain Toad will occasionally appear.
Attachment One of the few tracks included from Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze within the soundtrack for both Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is "Swinger Flinger". However, actually listening to the track reveals it to instead be the theme for the Bopopolis stage.

This error is not presented in the Japanese versions of these games, where the "Swinger Flinger" track is properly referred to by its Japanese name equivalent to Bopopolis, ふみふみラビリンス (Fumifumi Rabirinsu), or Stomping Labyrinth. In comparison, the actual Swinger Flinger track and stage in the Japanese version of Tropical Freeze is called バインラビリンス (Bain Rabirinsu), or Vine Labyrinth.
person Dinoman96 calendar_month December 23, 2023
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Swinger Flinger:

"Swinger Flinger" aka Bopopolis/Stomping Labyrinth from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate:

Mario Wiki articles:
Three of the character origin tips for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate ignore lesser known Nintendo-branded games released by third parties in the 1990s. Two of these tips outright lie - one related to Mario's first utterance of the phrase "Mamma Mia!" (which it falsely attributes to Super Mario 64 and not Mario's Game Gallery) and another claiming that there are only 5 Zelda series games with Link's name in the title (ignoring Link: The Faces of Evil). The third one on the other hand is worded in an awkward manner - a tip relating to Luigi's first starring role referring to Luigi's Mansion as "Luigi's first big break as a main protagonist" - as to ignore the true holder of the title, Mario is Missing! without technically lying.

It's not known if those first two instances were an honest error, or an intentional attempt to hide the games given that they are generally seen as low quality and are considered to have negatively affected Nintendo's reputation at their time of release.
If a fighter tries to footstool Piranha Plant while the plant is crouching, the footstooler will be met with a biting attack that takes 4% damage. This happens automatically every time even when the Piranha Plant player presses nothing during the footstool. This highly situational attack however can be easily dodged and countered by the attacked player making it useless in high-level play.
subdirectory_arrow_right Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion (Game), Fortune Street (Game), Yoshi (Franchise), Turnip Boy (Collection)
Attachment In 2016, a post was uploaded to Tumblr responding to a post claiming that "there is nothing wrong with Yoshi" by jokingly accusing Yoshi of committing tax fraud, which would become a running gag within Nintendo fan circles, and eventually a meme in 2018 with the bait-and-switch YouTube account SiIvaGunner posting soundtracks from a fake Yoshi Commits Tax Fraud game.

It would be discovered after the meme's peak of popularity that in 2011's Fortune Street, Yoshi is the only character in the game who asks to be exempt from paying taxes when a tax office is built. This means that while Yoshi is not guilty of committing tax fraud, he does attempt to commit tax evasion.

In October 2019, the Nintendo Versus eSports account posted a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate highlight tournament featuring Yoshi, and titled it "This Yoshi is no fraud", seemingly in reference to the meme.

The meme of Yoshi evading his taxes would also inspire the Turnip Boy series of games.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month September 23, 2023
subdirectory_arrow_right Super Smash Bros. (Franchise)
There are 17 stages in the Super Smash Bros. series that (intentionally) contain the full title of a video game in their English name: Balloon Fight, Duck Hunt, Find Mii, Luigi's Mansion, Mario Bros., Minecraft World, Pac-Land, Paper Mario, Pokémon Stadium, Pokémon Stadium 2, Super Mario Maker, Tomodachi Life, Wii Fit Studio, Wrecking Crew, both stages titled Yoshi's Island, and Yoshi's Story.

Additionally there are Miiverse and the Pictochat stages but their source material’s status as "video games" are debatable.
subdirectory_arrow_right Super Smash Bros. Melee (Game), Super Smash Bros. (Collection)
Ganondorf's design in Melee is based on his appearance in the Spaceworld 2000 tech demo which showcased a fight with Link and himself where he wields a large sword. This large sword only ever appeared in that tech demo and in one of his win animations in Melee. This specific sword would not be used in Ganondorf's moveset until the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in 2018 where his design is based on that same Spaceworld 2000 tech demo as well as elements from his appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Attachment Steve's win animation after a match was him eating a steak and holding it at waist level, but in a subsequent update after his initial release, the animation was changed to remove the meat after he ate it. Some speculate that this change was made because the way he held the meat after eating made it look like a phallic object.
Sephiroth's inclusion as a DLC fighter was apparently so top secret that even certain members of Square Enix had not known that the villain was going to be included in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate until the corresponding show-stealing announcement at The Game Awards 2020 was made. Even Square Enix employee and Final Fantasy VII Rebirth director Naoki Hamaguchi was quite shocked and stated:

"[...] it was actually extremely confidential that he was even going to be in it, [...] So, none of the dev team knew, including myself. So it was more like when the whole world knew it, and that's when we knew it like, 'Oh, I had no idea!'"
subdirectory_arrow_right Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl (Game)
When it was announced that Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl's paid DLC characters were due to be revealed, it was with a tweet reading "Back to the lab again". Some theorized this was a tease for either Jimmy Neutron or Jenny Wakeman, both highly-requested characters with a technology theme. However, this seems to actually be a reference to a livestream by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate YouTuber GimR from two days earlier. GimR advertised the livestream for days prior, promising a new technique that would change the game's competitive scene, only to fail to actually start the stream due to technical issues. During the time he was live, he played a looping intermission animation depicting him as Dexter from the Cartoon Network series Dexter's Laboratory and playing the song "Back to the Lab" by Prince Paul and Wordsworth for over an hour. This mistake would become a meme within the Super Smash Bros. community for a short while afterwards. Ultimately, Jenny, Rocko and Hugh Neutron, the latter two not being related to technology, were revealed, and GimR would separately reveal the promised new technique, the "Slingshot", two days after the failed livestream.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month February 26, 2024
subdirectory_arrow_right Banjo-Tooie (Game), Banjo-Kazooie (Game)
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person Dinoman96 calendar_month January 13, 2024
Official Japanese Nintendo website page for Banjo-Kazooie controls:

The Cutting Room Floor article:
subdirectory_arrow_right Banjo-Tooie (Game), Banjo & Kazooie (Franchise)
Attachment The Breegull Bash move in the Japanese versions of Banjo-Tooie and as well as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is called ハリセンカズーイ(Harisen Kazui), which literally translated into English is "Slapping Fan Kazooie". A harisen is a giant paper fan that is typically used as part of a manzai act, where the straight man smacks the funny man in response to their jokes or foolishness. The "Fan" item that appeared in Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl is actually a harisen, and it's even called as such (はりせん) in the Japanese version of those games as well.

It's worth pointing out that in general, the Japanese localizations for the Banjo-Kazooie games seem to exclude any mention of the word "Breegull", the name of Kazooie's species. This is something Masahiro Sakurai made note of when showcasing Banjo & Kazooie's moveset in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
person Dinoman96 calendar_month January 10, 2024
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Mr. Sakurai Presents "Banjo & Kazooie":

SSBWiki article on the Fan item:

Article on the harisen:

Japanese article on BK's moveset in Smash:
subdirectory_arrow_right Super Smash Bros. Melee (Game)
Attachment King K. Rool's render pose in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate seems to be lifted from an unused character select screen render for Zelda in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Joker from Persona 5 was announced as the first Fighter's Pass DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at The Game Awards 2018 on December 6th, 2018. This means that while he was technically the only Fighter's Pass DLC character to be announced before the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it was only a few hours before December 7th when the game was released.
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person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month November 19, 2023
subdirectory_arrow_right Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Game), Star Fox: Assault (Game)
Attachment The first Aparoid boss of Star Fox: Assault is a giant butterfly looking creature that appears at the end of the Fortuna mission. This particular Aparoid would reappear as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and also a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, in both cases being dubbed simply as just "Aparoid".

The official Japanese Star Fox: Assault guidebook reveals this type of Aparoid to have a proper name: ゼグダリア (Zegudaria), or Zegdahlia as it's called by the provided English text.
person Dinoman96 calendar_month November 18, 2023
Star Fox: Assault - Fortuna: First Aparoid:

User's English translation of official Japanese Star Fox: Assault guidebook:

Wiki list of Super Smash Bros. 4 Star Fox trophies:

Wiki list of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Star Fox spirits:
subdirectory_arrow_right Pac-Man World Re-Pac (Game), Pac 'n Roll (Game), Pac-Man Museum+ (Game), Ms. Pac-Man (Game), Pac-Land (Game), Pac-Man (Franchise), AtGames (Company), General Computer Corporation (GCC) (Company), Ms. Pac-Man (Collection)
Attachment In 2019, AtGames, a company specializing in replica microconsoles containing compilations of retro or retro-styled games, acquired a portion of the rights to Ms. Pac-Man from General Computer Corporation, the company that made the original Ms. Pac-Man game for Midway and Namco - this led to a lawsuit over the IP, with an undisclosed turnout. After this, Ms. Pac-Man would begin to disappear from Pac-Man games, implying that AtGames won the case, with Ms. Pac being replaced by a character named Pac-Mom, who has a visual design resembling Ms. Pac-Man's mother from Pac 'N Roll.

Pac-Mom first appeared in the Arcade Archives release of Pac-Land through graphical modification to the original ROM, and would then be named for the first time in Pac-Man Museum+ alongside modifications to other games that originally featured Ms. Pac-Man such as Pac-in-Time, and would appear again in Pac-Man World: Re-Pac in place of Ms. Pac-Man.

Ms. Pac-Man's final appearance in an original title would be on the Pac-Land stage in 2018's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month November 15, 2023
subdirectory_arrow_right Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Game), Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Game)
Attachment Despite sharing a name, two different announcer takes were used for Roy from Fire Emblem and Roy from Mario, with the announcer using a sinister tone for the villainous Mario Roy and a prideful tone for the heroic Fire Emblem Roy.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month October 29, 2023
Fire Emblem Roy at 3:38, Mario Roy at 5:16. All announcer voice clips except for the Miis were reused between 3DS/Wii U and Ultimate.
subdirectory_arrow_right Banjo-Kazooie (Game)
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, when Banjo either runs with the Talon Trot or uses his down special Grenade Egg, a flap on the bottom of Banjo’s backpack opens up to use said move. According to Steve Mayles (the original character designer for Banjo & Kazooie) on Twitter, this is a concept that he wanted to initially use in the original Banjo-Kazooie, but limitations of the Nintendo 64 prevented it.
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