A 10-Year-Old Tearing It Up at a Smash Bros. Wii U Event Is Excellent Marketing
No matter what the Internet says about it.
We’re infinitely bummed out that this video of 10-year-old Karissa wrecking at Smash Bros. is just footage of a marketing stunt, but that doesn’t mean it’s not great. Without contrary evidence, I probably would’ve believed it after she almost won the first match, although mostly because Sheik is such a hot pile of bullcrap in this game that it wouldn’t surprise me to see an infant win with her.
But yes, sadly, it is almost certainly just some clever viral marketing. Karissa is an actor with her own bio page and everything, and a screenshot of the casting call for the event has been tweeted:
— AL | 420 mandalore (@KBKinderparty) November 9, 2014
But really, people should’ve known it was a prank as soon as D1 (Nintendo-affiliated Smash Bros. announcer) just happened to also be there and start tweeting about it.
Sitting at lunch in bewilderment. A random 10 year old girl was destroying everyone in Smash 4 at the Gamestop!!! BRUUUHHHHH!!!! — D1 @ #SSW (@xD1x) November 8, 2014
— Happy Danksgiving (@KingofSarus) November 9, 2014
But somehow, instead, it appears that people got upset with him going along with the joke, even though the stunt was already meant to be revealed in an official video.
Now that I’m finally free, people need to listen. My job was to MC for an event that allowed people to play Smash 4 early in SoCal. — D1 @ #SSW (@xD1x) November 10, 2014
Apparently once I got there more details were made known to me about the event. I actually expected people to find it as funny as I did. — D1 @ #SSW (@xD1x) November 10, 2014
Oh yeah one last thing, the viral video was by a random person, which is how the big fiasco happened to begin with. Shoutouts to leaks.
— D1 @ #SSW (@xD1x) November 10, 2014
People decided to jump to conclusions and paint me a bad guy over a prank. Wait for the full vid to get all the details once it’s released. — D1 @ #SSW (@xD1x) November 10, 2014
In any event, thanks to everyone who came by and had fun with it. You guys made my day. Internet people need to get a chill pill. — D1 @ #SSW (@xD1x) November 10, 2014
What’s not to love about a this prank? Maybe people didn’t like when the “hand a child an unplugged controller and tell them they’re really playing” gag got turned around on them? Give him a break, Internet. Otherwise, you’ll have to answer to Karissa the Destroyer.
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