The latest version of the Nintendo franchise, “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” brings its most beloved characters together to beat the life out of each other. The popular video game also has the power to bring together police and black teens.
In a story shared to Facebook, Jovante M. Williams said his friend’s neighbors called the cops, complaining about noise in the apartment. Williams said this wasn’t uncommon; they had even taken to playing games on mute to avoid disturbing the other tenants, though it didn’t seem to help.
When the police arrived, they informed the young men they were there for the noise, but that they didn’t really hear anything.
When an officer asked what the guys were playing, one responded:
“Y’all wanna play Smash?!”
The cops literally raised their hands and one joked, “How do you jump?” Then the whole crew enjoyed a few rounds.
Commenters agreed the irony was too wholesome to ignore.
As the story spread, more people were surprised by the peaceful interaction.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is uniting the people and the police.
— Santa's Little Hater (@17Derrty8) December 13, 2018
I ❤️ this story. Police Respond To Noise Complaint, End Up Playing Super Smash Bros Together – 9GAG https://t.co/8TC0fgRE9l
— Marianne (@mariannecope) December 12, 2018
smash bros getting rid of police brutality https://t.co/XnYjPfm30v
— festive boi (@kingjonil) December 12, 2018
Can we really blame them??
— Dr. Ivo Robotnik (@DrIvoRobotnik5) December 12, 2018
Now THIS is my kind of news!
— Izzu (@Izzu_Izzu_Izzu2) December 12, 2018
This is how life's supposed to be!
— Floor Kids (@FloorKidsCrew) December 12, 2018
Dem bois been dare a while 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/6BImOYJlAi
— 🍊TonyRockyHorror🍊 (@maroleon111) December 12, 2018
Williams spoke to Yahoo Lifestyle about the interaction:
“It was concerning. You see so many videos of terrible results. … I’m not trying to end up in jail or hurt, or have my friends harmed, or to start a commotion. But you know what? I heard the police asking, ‘What Smash Brothers?’ Instead of something negative … it was something wholesome.”
“Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” allows players to pit famous video game characters against each other in all-out brawls. It’s available now on Nintendo Switch.