Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor, the gamer battling cancer who just days ago got his wish to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, has died. He was 21 years old.

Zach Taylor, Chris’s brother, broke the news to everyone late last night on Reddit.

Today Chris passed away at around 5 pm est. He was surrounded by friends and family when it happened in the comfort of his own home. On behalf of him and our family we are extremely thankful for all the love and support Chris has gotten. You guys made it possible for his wish to come true. I hope chris’s memory lives on through all of us when we game. Just remember this once… everybody got together for the most genuine man I’ve ever known. He just wanted to get out there meet some people and play some games. Unfortunately, he can’t do that anymore so lets continue his legacy for him.

Taylor had made headlines recently when the gamer community rallied around the Ontario, Canada, native who had been confined to his bed and given only months to live after choosing in July to decline further treatment. Taylor had taken to Twitter to share his worry that he might not live long enough to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate when it is released in December.

The gamer community comes through

Thankfully, friends and fellow gamers across the Twitterverse came to the aid of this Smash fan by starting a campaign to convince Nintendo to let Taylor play the game before it’s released. Last week, Taylor reported two Nintendo representatives had come to his home to let him play the three-hour demo of the game shown at E3.


Taylor was a three-time cancer survivor, according to his Twitter page. Everyone at Nintendo Enthusiast is saddened by Taylor’s passing but are very glad he got his final wish through the combined efforts of a loving and generous gaming community.

John Dunphy
John Dunphy has written, edited and managed several newspapers, magazines and news websites in both the United States and South Korea. He's written about local government, food, nightlife, Korean culture, beer, cycling, land preservation, video games and more. His love of gaming began with the Atari 2600 but truly came of age on the Super Nintendo. Looking at his staggering surplus of console and PC games yet to be played, he laments the long-ago days of only being able to buy one $70 32-megabyte cartridge and playing it until his hands ached.

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