9 November 2014 - 23:29

The 10-year-old girl hero of Smash Bros. might be a marketing hoax

Nintendo was holding a local tournament at a West Hollywood Gamestop over the weekend, and quite a few people showed up
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Nintendo was holding a local tournament at a West Hollywood Gamestop over the weekend, and quite a few people showed up. One was Smash Bros. commentator D’Ron “D1” Maingrette. “Sitting at lunch in bewilderment,” he tweeted. “A random 10-year-old girl was destroying everyone in Smash 4 at the Gamestop!!!” 

That girl, dubbed Karissa “the Destroyer,” was pulling off quite a few complex Smash moves and overwhelming her opponents.

She wasn’t too shy to talk trash, either.

Frame traps are hard to explain, but essentially, if your opponent gets hit with a certain attack, there’s a recoil animation. That animation is too slow for your opponent to follow up with an attack, leaving you with a few frames to attack your opponent, and in some instances, knock him off the stage. Karissa was a master of manipulating frame traps.

At the end of the day, she had won the love and admiration of the crowd.

But the story might not end there. In a bizarre twist, users on Reddit are questioning the legitimacy of her play. Our friends at Kotaku did some digging around, and found this on r/SmashBros: One user noticed that Karissa was taking her hands off the controller entirely. 

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That was followed up by this apparent posting from a casting agency. “Project notes: This shoot is basically a hidden camera job where we have a little girl play Super Smash Brothers against a series of opponents at a sneak peek before the launch.”

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Former professional smasher Lilian “MilkTea” Wei won’t be too pleased if this turns out to be a giant hoax.

We’ll update this story if anything else comes to light.

Update 12:18am, Nov. 10: We've found Karissa Bannister's website listing her as an actress and dancer. She's been in two films and a commercial for Ford. Her résumé doesn't include the Gamestop appearance.

H/T Kotaku | Image via Sky Williams/Twitter

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