Chapter 1: Reunions and Welcomes

Mario hopped out of the warp pipe with his things and landed on the walkway leading up to the Smash Mansion. He was excited that he was once again going to participate in the Super Smash Bros. tournament. He was also happy to see his old friends again from the previous tournaments. He knew there would be new people entering, as there were every tournament. He always welcomed a new challenge.

Mario took in a deep breath of fresh air, exhaled, then made his way up to the mansion. It was a brick, five-story high mansion with three towers. The middle tower was the tallest and the thickest. The two towers on either side of the structure were a story shorter and a bit smaller in mass. He made his way to the beautifully decorated wooden doors and placed his hand on the brass doorknob, but he didn't turn it right away.

"Something is on the other side of this door," thought Mario aloud. He braced himself and turned the doorknob. He pushed the door slowly and gently, letting it creek as it was opened. After noticing that there was nothing on the other side of the door, Mario sighed in relief and opened the door the rest of the way, smiling. Out of nowhere, a yellow blur came flying at him and tackled him down the steps and onto the ground outside with a hard thud. "Mama-mia!"

"Pika pika!" shouted the electric mouse happily. Mario laughed and sat up, pushing Pikachu off his lap.

"Pikachu, this is the third year in a row you've done this!" laughed the plumber. "Looks like I'm not the first one here this year again."

"Pii-Pikachu!" Pikachu then pointed into the main lobby. Mario looked at where Pikachu was pointing and saw Kirby, Samus, and—

"Wario?" shouted Mario. "What are you doing here?" Wario laughed, his belly jiggling up and down a bit.

"I was invited to come this year!" said Wario. "It's about time, too!" Mario got up off the ground and stormed over to Wario, glaring at him.

"Just don't try anything, okay?" threatened Mario.

"All right, ladies, break it up," ordered an unfamiliar voice. Everyone in the lobby looked over at the staircase to see a tall man with brown hair, a gray headband, a goatee, and a cigarette in his mouth. He wore a skin-tight gray jumpsuit, which showed off his large muscles. His overall features made him look grumpy. Walking behind him was a young boy with reddish-brown hair. He had deep blue eyes, a short, white toga, brown gloves and boots, black, skin-tight shorts, and white wings sprouting from his back.

"Who the heck are you?" asked Wario. The man grinned cockily.

"Solid Snake," answered the man, lighting his cigarette. The boy behind him opened his mouth to say something, but was interrupted.

"Pit! It's been a while," chirped Mario. Pit jumped over Snake and landed in front of Mario, smiling.

"It's good to see you again, Mario," replied Pit. Kirby tugged on Pit's toga to get his attention. Pit looked down at the pink puffball and smiled at him, picking him up and setting him on his shoulder. "You, too, Kirby."

"I didn't know you were going to be here, too," exclaimed Mario.

"I was invited to come this year," explained Pit. "Coming down the stairs, I found out that Snake was invited, too. He's been around about the same amount of time we have, to be honest." Mario thought for a bit, then got a surprised look on his face.

"That's right, he has!" yelped Mario.

"Took you a while to realize that," grunted Snake as he took a puff of his cigarette. At that moment, he felt a cold, metallic hand on his shoulder from behind, which caused his body to tense up a bit.

"Don't you know there's no smoking in this building?" interrogated the owner of the hand. Snake sighed, dropped the cigarette on the ground, then squished it with his foot, putting it out. "That's better."

"Yay!" shouted Kirby excitedly, jumping off of Pit's shoulder and flying over to the armored figure. Kirby landed on the figure as she was removing her helmet, revealing a beautiful woman with long, blond hair pulled back into a ponytail. Her bangs and two long strands of hair framed her face and light blue eyes.

"Hey there, Kirby," greeted Samus. Just then, a small thud was heard in the lobby by the front door. There stood a small, armored and caped figure about Kirby's height. He held his cape like a bat covers its body when perched. Kirby glared at the newcomer. Samus lifted her hand up and put it on Kirby's head. "Easy there."

"You spoil that puffball too much," stated the newcomer.

"And who are you supposed to be?" asked Samus.

"My name is Meta Knight, and I received an invitation to join this year's Super Smash Bros. Tournament," explained Meta Knight.

"Welcome to the Smash Mansion then, Meta Knight," welcomed Mario. The plumber then looked up and smiled a bit when he saw a familiar person walk in through the doorway. He was a handsome Hylian, with blond hair framing his crystal blue eyes. He wore a green tunic with copper chain mail underneath, and a white, long-sleeved shirt underneath that. He wore off-white pants, which were mostly covered by his knee-high brown boots. A shield and the Master Sword resided on his back, partially hidden by his long, green cap. "Link! It's good to see you again!"

"Huh?" asked Link, looking confused.

"Pika Pi!" shouted Pikachu excitedly. Link looked at Pikachu, then at Samus and Kirby, who were walking over to him.

"Good to see you again, Link," stated Samus. "I like the new look you have."

"New look?" asked Link.

"Yeah, you do look a bit different from last year," agreed Mario.

"Last year? But I—"

"But you're here nonetheless," interrupted Mario. Link looked around at the crowd surrounding him and he finally couldn't take it anymore.

"Who are you guys?"