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One of the distinctive features of the Super Smash Bros. series is that the credits suddenly become a shooting gallery, challenging you to hit as many targets (i.e., text names) as you can. It’s not really a big deal and is mostly there as one more nugget of entertainment for players, but everyone appreciates it. Yet somehow, in nearly 20 years, no one had ever zapped all 190 names that appear in the credits to Super Smash Bros. Melee on GameCube. That has changed in the past few days though, as Martin Zarate recently uploaded a video where he succeeded in hitting all 190. It apparently took about 50 hours to achieve.

What was the catalyst for Martin Zarate to climb this Melee mountain? Cold hard cash. Back on Jan. 23, a man named Nathaniel Bandy put out a $3,000 bounty for the first person to shoot all 190 credits in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and money is a terrific incentive to make anybody do anything. However, Zarate is sensible. He told Polygon that he is putting the $3,000 toward college tuition to get a degree in parks and natural resources with the intent to become a park ranger. (He better be good at watching picnic baskets.)

In the comments section of the achievement video, elite Super Smash Bros. Melee player Mew2King stated that he interviewed Zarate about this achievement and that a video is soon to come.

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John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!

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