My Open Letter to Nintendo




This open letter is directed solely at Nintendo. My hope is that they will agree with my position immediately set out to rectify what I consider to be a massive oversight on their part.

Dear Nintendo,

I need to start by saying that I am a huge fan of the Super Smash Bros. franchise. I can still remember the first time I played the original game during a sleepover in my buddy’s garage with three friends, a large pizza and a twelve pack of Jolt Cola. I ended up buying a Nintendo 64 and extra controllers a few weeks later because I couldn’t get enough of the Smash. But as much as I loved it, something was missing.


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I didn’t think the Gamecube sequel would be able to live up to the high standards set by the original (which at that point was the only N64 game I still played), but I was wrong. Melee was everything the first game was, but ramped up, evolved and graphically superior to almost every game on the market at that time. IT was fantastic, but something was still missing.

Then they announced a Wii version was on the way and I got pumped. They revealed Sonic the Hedgehog and Solid Snake as playable characters and my head just about exploded. But for the third time, something still wasn’t there that needed to be. Now the Wii U and 3DS versions have come and gone but still it doesn’t feel complete. Then one day while I was reminiscing about some of my favorite cartoons of the past — something I do quite a bit — and it hit me like a sack of unused R.O.B. the Robots…

It’s missing Captain N: The Game Master.

Maybe Nintendo just never thought to put him in the mix, or maybe they didn’t think anyone would care to see him, but I’m here to tell you that you should, and we do. Retro is in, and the fact that Captain N is on DVD proves that someone out there other than me thinks there is a market for the character and what he brings to the table.

I don’t know the legality of actually putting Captain N into the Smash Bros universe. I would assume that Nintendo owns the character, but I haven’t really looked into it. Even if they don’t, I can’t imagine that it would cost all that much to acquire him. If the Big N doesn’t own the rights, I’m sure who ever does wouldn’t have a problem letting him go for a few extra bucks and a share of the sales. He hasn’t been around in 20 years, other than DVD releases of the old show and mentions by me.

How cool would it be to pit Captain N against Mario? It would be the ultimate showdown of varsity jackets and mustaches. Or what about Captain N vs. Link? Can that sword deflect Zapper blasts? Captain N vs. Samus? Or Kirby? Those parka clad Ice Climber guys? That kid from Earthbound? The list goes on and on! Any mascot match-up is immediately more epic when Captain N enters the mix.


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In fact, maybe Captain N: The Game Master should just get his own game. Use Smash Bros. to re-introduce him to gamers that may be to young to remember and to refresh those who sat in front of the TV watching the cartoon with a giant bowl of cereal while laying on a Ninja Turtle Pillow Person.

In closing, all I’m ask you for in return for this too-awesome-to-deny request is a mention of me in the games credits, the possible use of my voice for Captain N himself and a couple free copies of the game. Seriously, that’s a pretty good deal.

You’re welcome,




– Keith White Jr.

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