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The truth behind the lost stage in ‘Super Smash Bros. Melee’

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Super Smash Bros. Melee is easily among the most inventive fighting games ever released and is often cited as the best in the series. Melee became a labor of love for game director Masahiro Sakurai, and anyone who’s played the game can tell he poured his heart and soul into it. Not only is it the GameCube’s best-selling game, but perhaps the system’s best game.

By now most gamers are familiar with the game but not many people are familiar with the Test stage (aka “The Coffee Shop”) – a stage that can only be accessed with an Action Replay or by installing “Crazy Mod”. As it turns out, the background image of this stage is a shot of a (now closed) coffee shop called Caffe Verona (that was once located in Palo Alto, CA) and is a common test image used in many of your other favourite video games. It seems like a pretty straight forward story but if you want to know more, check out the following video from the Game Theorists who go out of their way to uncover the secrets hidden away in the game’s code.

Some people take my heart, others take my shoes, and some take me home. I write, I blog, I podcast, I edit, and I design websites. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Goomba Stomp and Tilt Magazine. Host of the NXpress Nintendo Podcast and the Sordid Cinema Podcast. Former Editor-In-Chief of Sound on Sight. Former host of several other podcasts including the Game of Thrones and Walking Dead shows, as well as Sound On Sight. There is nothing I like more than basketball, travelling, and animals. You can find me online writing about anime, TV, movies, games and so much more.

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