As I may have mentioned before, I have a friend with whom I practice Smash on a fairly regular basis.
Great matches, good fun. But he’s a lot better than me. Not all that surprising, considering Smash 4 3DS is the first Smash game I’ve been playing more seriously, wanting to really improve at. Since I started off with so little skill, I’ve made leaps and bounds of progress in my first few months. My improvement is showing in my play, but the result is still consistent: just not good enough.
My sparring partner is whooping my ass without even trying. Usually he goes 2-1 or 2-0 in a match, the opposite is very rare. He even manages to do this on character’s he’s not good on at all, whereas I have to stick to my main if I want to have the tiniest chance.
Despite all that, some matches are pretty close. It’s always a disappointment to hear afterwards he was still holding back, but somehow it always awakens something in me. A strong desire to improve so we can have an even closer battle while still going all out. The truest one-on-one, the greatest fighting spirit. That’s what I’m striving for.
Unrelated: My heart goes out to everyone affected in whatever way by the bullshit various groups of idiots have been pulling lately. Stay strong, stay united.