Last weekend, the gaming community started a movement in support of Chris Taylor, a Nintendo fan from Ontario with terminal cancer. Chris is a big Super Smash Bros. fan, and last week he tweeted that he was afraid that he’d never have a chance to play Super Smahs Bros Ultimate before succumbing to cancer. Chris explained that he was bedridden, and December seemed like it was a long ways away. Based on this, fans grouped together to see if Nintendo could find a way for the 21-year-old gamer to play Super Smash Bros. before it was too late.
Yesterday, Nintendo Canada sent two representatives to Chris’s house, where he (along with his brother, his best friend, and his Mother) was able to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. for 3 hours. Nintendo had actually confirmed the visit with him on Tuesday, just some 4 days after the campaign really took off, but had it kept under wraps given that a portable build of Smash Bros. was a high-value entity, and Nintendo preferred to conduct the visit in a personal manner.
All-in-all, Nintendo did a fantastic act of kidness and it looks like Chris had a blast playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with his family and best friend:
Some pics from me, local Benjamin, and Zach playing
Thanks so much guys, this means so much to me pic.twitter.com/raxPu7QJp9
— Chris Taylor (@SpookyWoobler) September 21, 2018
Chris confirmed that it was the E3 2018 build of the game he played on, so while he may not have had a chance to check out characters like King K. Rool or Isabelle, he still had a gigantic roster with the majority of characters along with an extensive selection of stages. His Mother sent out a heartfelt thanks to the online community at large for their support, which Nintendo Canada reacted to with gusto: from start to finish, Chris was able to see his wish granted in about a week.
The humble gamer – who has expressed his gratitude to the community at every opportunity – posted a follow up on Reddit where he explained that he has Osteosarcoma, which is a semi-rare bone cancer more prevalent in children and young adults. Chris had already undergone 6 different failed treatments before deciding in July that he no longer wished to pursue treatment. He recommended that fans who wish to continue helping make a donation to MIBAgents, a non-profit dedicated to providing comfort to children with the bone cancer.
We’d like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Nintendo Canada for helping out in these tragic circumstances.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will launch on December 7th, 2018 for the Nintendo Switch.