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C of I students launch Smash Bros. Nintendo club

January 29, 2015

Shots were fired and punches thrown Thursday night as a massive brawl broke out inside the basement of Anderson Hall on The College of Idaho campus. It was a melee of students employing swords, baseball bats and fireball gloves to demolish one another.

Fortunately, no one suffered any injuries—unless you count hurt pride. That’s because the fighting took place within the world of Super Smash Bros., a popular Nintendo game.

Founded in November 2014 by sophomore Scott Edward Phillips and a group of students, Smash Bros. Club was created with the intention of serving as a release for students on campus.

“We just thought with the new Smash coming out, we would get a lot of members, and it’d be really fun to throw tournaments,” Phillips said.

With roughly 10 members—and gladly accepting new ones—the club meets from 6 to 9 p.m. every Thursday in the Anderson Hall basement lounge, playing any of the four Smash Bros. titles: Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64, Super Smash Bros. Melee for the GameCube, Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii and Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U.

Thanks to the College’s challenging PEAK Curriculum and academic rigor, students at the C of I work hard. But they also play hard.

“It’s a great stress reliever to kick the crap out of each other with Nintendo characters,” Phillips said. “It also feels good to see the application of the things I’ve learned in computer science courses in Smash games.”

For Phillips, his love of all things Smash dates back to childhood when he invested countless hours playing Super Smash Bros. 64 with then-neighbor and current C of I classmate, Sean Saxton. And the two have continued to play with each new installment in the series.

The next step for the club is to petition the student Senate to provide funding for the club. Phillips hopes to receive enough money to buy each Nintendo console and its Smash Bros. incarnation. Having club-owned equipment will ensure the sustainability of the club.

“I want it to be fully decked out before I leave because I’m taking my N64 with me,” he said.

For now, Phillips is busy planning upcoming tournaments, seeking new club members and, of course, smashing it up with his bros.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. The C of I has a legacy of academic excellence, a winning athletics tradition and a history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars and 14 Marshall, Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. For more information, visit