I bet you and your friends play a lot of fun drinking games, like the one where you all watch “Ghostbusters 2016” and drink every time they say the word “ghost.” By the end of the movie, you actually think it’s a good film. Or how about the one where you watch “Batman and Robin” and drink every time Arnold says something stupid involving cold or ice. (you win that one by not dying of alcohol poisoning 45 minutes into the movie)
Or maybe you’re looking for a drinking game that’s more interactive? If you’re like my friends and I and you do a lot of gaming, then boy do I have the perfect game for you! We call it Lottery, a Super Smash Bros Melee inspired drinking game for Nintendo fans looking to unwind…and get their friends completely shitfaced.
I can’t claim credit for creating this game. That honor goes to my friends, but I can say from experience that it’s almost guaranteed to lead to shenanigans.
What You Need to Play:
- A copy of Super Smash Bros. Melee
- A GameCube or Wii
- A lot of in-game coins
- Two or more people
- Any alcoholic beverage
- Shot glasses and liquor for pouring shots
Lottery is a competitive drinking game. The point isn’t only to get drunk, like any drinking game, but also making your friends way more drunk than you. Here’s how it works:
You’ll need a copy of Super Smash Bros. Melee to play this game and preferably a couple hundred of the in-game coins. There are ways to homebrew the Wii so you can give yourself 999 coins, but I won’t go into modding your console here. Coins are easy enough to obtain. If you play a handful of matches you should have more than enough to play Lottery.
Anybody can go first, or you can determine amongst yourselves some way to see who goes first. (maybe by playing a match or a set?) There’s no specific turn order as long as each person playing gets 1 turn per round. A round is completed after everybody has had a turn.
From the main menu select Trophies, then select Lottery. What you’re going to do is make a bet, somewhere between 1 and 10. (we’ll get into bets higher than 10 later) Then you’re going to name a Nintendo property, like Kirby or Zelda. Enter the number of coins that you bet into the lottery machine. If a trophy from the Nintendo property that you named pops up, everybody else playing needs to drink. The number of coins you entered is the amount that needs to be drunk. For example, if you bet 5 coins on Star Fox and Slippy Toad pops up then everybody else has to take 5 sips or gulps of their drink. However, if something other than a Star Fox trophy pops up, you have to take five drinks. (sips or gulps) The point is to get your friends more drunk than you, but the outcome is essentially luck based.
If you bet 10 coins or more, you’re playing with fire. 10 coins equals one shot. You can try to be tricky and bet 10 coins so everybody else playing has to take a shot, but be careful because that bet could seriously backfire on you. Be prepared to take a shot if you make that ballsy bet. You may get more than you bargained for.
Any bet higher than 10 simply adds sips on top of the shot. So, if you bet 14, take a shot and then 4 sips of your drink. Every increment of 10 is a shot. A bet of 20 is two shots, but if you want to set the ceiling on bets to 10 that’s perfectly fine. After all, if you get too drunk too quick then you won’t have any fun! You can’t play Lottery if you’re passed out.
Those familiar with the trophies found in Melee will surely recognize that certain Nintendo IPs have far more trophy representation than others. Because of this, some bets will seem safer than others. There are far more Pokemon trophies than EarthBound trophies, but keep in mind that while the odds might be stacked against you if you bet EarthBound the outcome is still essentially random.
Because of lopsided representation your group may decide to set certain criteria when making bets. For example, if you want to put a bet on Pokemon then you’ll also have to specify Gen 1 or Gen 2. (at the time of Melee’s release there were only two generations of Pokemon) Be nerdy about it though: if you bet Pokemon Gen 2 and get Professor Oak, you win that bet because Professor Oak appears in both games and your friends will have to drink.
There are some nuances to this game, however. You may also have noticed that there are a lot of trophies that cross multiple franchises. For example, Mario and Donkey Kong have shared many games together over the years. If you bet Donkey Kong and got the Hammer you can claim success because even though the Hammer isn’t actively used by DK in any of his solo games it was Mario’s most powerful weapon in the original Donkey Kong arcade game. If you bet Mario and get Dixie Kong or King K. Rool however you don’t win that bet because those characters never appeared in any specific Mario game.
Or have they?
This brings us to the most important rule while playing Lottery: if you can make the case that the trophy that you got does fall into the franchise you named then you win the bet. For example, if you bet 10 on Mario and get King K. Rool you can argue that K. Rool appeared in “Super Mario Sluggers” for the Wii and your friends will have to take a shot.
Another example of this are the Kirby Hat trophies. There are 5 different trophies showcasing Kirby’s Copy ability. The Kirby Hat 1 trophy consists of what Kirby looks like after inhaling Mario, DK, Link, Yoshi, and Samus. So, if you bet Metroid and got Kirby Hat 1, you can claim a successful bet because Samus Kirby is in the trophy.
This is one of the more fun aspects of playing Lottery. I can’t stress how funny it can be seeing a friend of yours, who’s already more than drunk, trying to argue that the Excitebike trophy counts as part of the Mario franchise because there’s an Excitebike track included in Mario Kart 8. Watching them fumble through the specifics of their argument while drunk is priceless.
Right now you might be wondering, but what about the Nintendo properties that only have one trophy of representation? Why would I bet anything on Mach Rider when there’s only one Mach Rider trophy? For trophies like this, you can bet on Misc. Misc. can include trophies that don’t fall into the big Nintendo properties. Dr. Wright from Sim City and Balloon Fighter from Balloon Fight would count toward misc.
You can also bet on Smash Bros. series. Trophies such as Sandbag, Crate, and Party Ball are all things that appear exclusively in Smash Bros. Note that some of these trophies may seem like they belong in misc., but if the only game they’ve appeared in is the Smash series then you may have a hard time successfully making the case that they belong under misc. Remember though, the rules defining which Nintendo property a specific trophy falls under is only limited to the strength of the argument given by the person making the bet. You can successfully convince your friends that the Super Scope trophy counts as both Super Smash Bros. series and misc. because it appears in the Smash series as an item and in the real world as a peripheral for the SNES.
*Note that you can’t simply bet on Smash Bros. and claim victory on any trophy that appears. If you could do that, there would be no game.
Melee contains 290 different trophies, so while the same trophy may pop-up more than once, rest assured that the pool is big enough to play this game over and over.
I have a lot of fond memories playing Lottery. The last time I played it, I mixed some hard liquor into a mixed drink. The liquor tasted awful. I can’t remember exactly what it was, but I know it was out of date. When my friend (he was hosting that night) found out he was kind of embarrassed and gave me something nice. If only I had mentioned how terrible it tasted when I first started drinking it instead of adding more and more to my drink my friend would have given me something else much sooner. I didn’t sleep that night. When 8 AM rolled around my hangover began to creep its way out into the open. I left when I was nice and sober, thinking I could make it home before vomiting. I lasted until about 1 exit away from my house. I pulled over and tried to vomit out the window but couldn’t hold it in anymore and ended up upchucking the Taco Bell I had the night before.
That was a Sunday morning. I had to take my car to get it cleaned the next day. I didn’t eat Taco Bell again for a couple of months.
Another time I had brought a date to my friends so we could all play Lottery together. By 3 AM she was slumped over her chair falling asleep, and I was trying to play against my friend in Melee but couldn’t keep myself on the stage and ended up killing myself over and over.
I didn’t have another date with her again.
We also have some running jokes concerning Lottery. We like to yell “10 on Rick!” Rick being the hamster from the Kirby series. The rules of lottery can be changed to however you and your friends want to play, but know this: if you bet 10 on Rick and get Rick the hamster, you win. Every time.