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Any time this setup came up in a game, I would start thinking up an excuse to leave that I could drop in a few rounds. There was no greater indicator that my approach to the game was philosophically different from another person’s than for them to suggest this setup, which has only ever been interesting to people who want to practice their Z-canceling and turn the game into a series of joyless 1-on-1 matches between Fox and Falco.

Really, the way this fun, accessible party game was co-opted by the Street Fighter crowd has always struck me as bizarre — it would be like if there were a bunch of people who played Mario Party competitively, turning off all the board game elements and just grinding away at minigame after minigame.

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