Nintendo fans love the idea behind Super Smash Bros. It's a fanboy dream to have all your favorite characters brought together under one roof, just to beat the snot out of each other.
But what if gaming companies took that concept a few giant steps further? What if one game featured characters from all eras of gaming and all publishers/consoles? Picture Sonic and Sam Fisher fighting Crash Bandicoot and Solid Snake.
Over the next several weeks, IGN is going to be outlining their favorite characters from different eras of gaming. Not only do these characters need to be in our massive fighting game, but these lists double as a countdown of the best characters the medium has seen.
This week, they start from the beginning. These characters hail from the heyday of arcades and classic PC gaming. Anything that debuted before the NES is fair game.