Conan O’Brien Plays New ‘Super Smash Bros.’ & is Very Confused

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The ‘Clueless Game’ segment on Conan started as a simple way to get laughs by having Conan O’Brien – who knows very little about video games, is terrible at playing them, and doesn’t even like them – tackle some of the most famous titles around. Since its inception, ‘Clueless Gamer’ has become so popular that game publishers have given O’Brien early access to games like Resident Evil 6 and Watch Dogs as a means of promoting them.

Nintendo’s new version of Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS won’t hit shelves until the end of this year, but during E3 2014 O’Brien and his ‘Clueless Gamer’ co-host Aaron Bleyaert were given a chance to preview the game, shortly after it was announced that iconic yellow chomper Pac-Man will be joining the cast of fighters.

Presumably there will come a day when O’Brien has done so many ‘Clueless Gamer’ sessions that he is no longer a clueless gamer, but that day is not today. The talk show host responds to the (admittedly quite insane) world of Super Smash Bros. with extreme bewilderment, at one point elevating the art of button-mashing by rubbing the Wii U Gamecube controller against his chest.

Super Smash Bros Link and Sheik

Pac-Man isn’t the only classic game that’s infiltrating Super Smash Bros. At one point the new Pong Assist Trophy appears on screen and, upon being triggered, causes a game of Pong to start up, with balls that can hit and injure the players while they fight. Another new Assist Trophy that puts in an appearance is the Chain Chomp from the Mario series.

Provided you can withstand O’Brien’s merciless ribbing of both classic game characters and gamers themselves, the segment is a fun look at some of the new gameplay that Super Smash Bros. has to offer, including new fighters like Greninja and new stages like Skyloft from the Legend of Zelda series.

Now that you’ve watched this demo of Super Smash Bros., answer honestly: how many of you could name America’s second president without a Google search?


Super Smash Bros. on the 3DS will arrive on October 3, 2014, and the Wii U version will hit store shelves in Winter 2014.

Source: Team Coco

TAGS: 3DS, Namco Bandai, Nintendo, Pac-Man, Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Wii U


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  1. The second president would have to be John Adams who was also our first Vice President :D

  2. This was hilarious! The game looks great!

  3. I knew the answer to that question. I was kind of shocked those two (Aaron and Kramer) didn’t know. The 2nd president of the United States is John Adams who was also the first vice president under George Washington. :)

  4. Video was hilarious. Conan O’brien’s commentary on the characters such as saying that the Villager looks a murderous puppet with spoon hands and that the Wii Fit Trainer is a vegan because she is so pale (lack of protein) is hillarious. Gamers and non-gamers alike should watch this video just for the laughs (even if you don’t understand the game or the jokes he makes).

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