Hurrah! This is the second year in a row my January GOTM nomination has won!
I actually have a story regarding Super Smash Brothers. Some time after Super Smash Bros. came out (I can't remember how long after, but I know it was before the GameCube came out here in the U.S.), I walked into a nearby pawn shop with very little pocket money looking for a super cheap game to buy when I saw Super Smash Bros. sitting behind the case for... I want to say $20. Sweet! But I didn't have the money on me, so i rushed back to my house (which was only about 10 minutes away) to beg my mom for the money to buy one of my most wanted N64 games (that commercial worked like a charm on me). I was completely expecting her to say no but, to my surprise, she pulled out a $20 and gave it to me. After thanking her, I rushed down the street towards the pawn shop with a giant smile on my face, but that quickly faded as I saw one of my best friends and his step-brother walking from the direction of the pawn shop with an N64 cartridge in the brother's hand.
"Look what we got!" the brother said as he held the N64 cart up for me to look at. Sure enough, it was the copy of Super Smash Bros. I was just on my way to buy. My heart sank so low I could feel it squish under my feet with every step. I had to fake being happy for them when, in my head, I was cursing my rotten luck with every swear word I knew. They did invite me to go back to their match to play with them and, of course, I wasn't gonna pass that up. It would be the closest I could get to owning my own copy of the game for a very long time.
I got over the whole situation pretty quickly. I was too busy having fun going to my friend's house whenever I could and playing against him and his brother (and anyone else at their house) in SSB. The year after I got my GameCube, I was given Super Smash Bros. Melee as a birthday present by that same friend and the original didn't get played nearly as much (if at all) after that day. Many years later, my younger brother and I (now adults) would find the original N64 game at a Goodwill for $2 along with some other games. While my brother was technically the owner of the game and the copy of Rayman 2 we got that day), it wasn't long before he just straight up gave them to me, knowing I would enjoy them a lot more than he would. It took over a decade, but I finally owned a copy of the original Super Smash Bros. which I have to this day. Even with four superior sequels, the original still finds it's way in my N64 regularly. As for who I main, I was a Mario user for a very long time and even bought a Smash Mario amiibo so i could train my very own Mario to pound me into dust in the newest games. After playing the 3DS and Wii U games online, however, I found that I did better playing as Lucario so now he's my new main. I also play as Pac-Man and Wario, but I'm not as good with them.
And I know a few users have already said this, but count me amongst them that ranks the Fighter's Destiny games as someof the best the N64 have to offer for the genre. I only own the second one, but I hear they play largely the same and it certainly gets more play than MK Trilogy or MK4 (not that those are bad games or anything).