Super Bowl 2023 has come and gone, and in the aftermath of a closely contested sporting event, a questionable penalty call, and some junk food-induced comas, gamers can only think about one thing: it sure was wild how much Rihanna's halftime show looked like a video game level.
As is Super Bowl halftime tradition, Rihanna's show (opens in new tab) was a lavishly produced, 15-minute stage presentation featuring a medley of some of the artist's biggest hits. It was a solid show, and one made all the more notable because it doubled as Rihanna's pregnancy reveal. Much of it took place on a series of platforms that raised and lowered while suspended from the top of the stadium.
And yes, this is absolutely just a Super Smash Bros stage. Look forward to Rihanna as the true final DLC for Smash Ultimate.
No items, Rihanna only, Final Destination https://t.co/UsULjKt6Jm pic.twitter.com/vhBv35lURGFebruary 13, 2023
RIHANNA LOOK OUT pic.twitter.com/WU6gwLCa6yFebruary 13, 2023
this stage is wild pic.twitter.com/kPMHVpH84WFebruary 13, 2023
The fact that video games have a universal language of "don't fall off high thing" means that there were plenty of opportunities for gags that involved games other than Super Smash Bros, and Twitter has eagerly taken the bait. In addition to being a Smash fighter, Rihanna is also a Destiny player, the next boss to destroy you in Dark Souls, and the leader of a game show for bumbling jellybeans.
destiny jumping puzzle pic.twitter.com/NKgCGj3goQFebruary 13, 2023
pic.twitter.com/o97KO4M9aNFebruary 13, 2023
Fall Guys (2020)pic.twitter.com/aHYMkiEJ6FFebruary 13, 2023
Just remember, Rihanna did establish her gamer cred all the way back in 2014.
Super fucking Mario!!!!!July 13, 2014
The Super Bowl served up a whole lot of nerd news with a new D&D movie trailer, a Batman-infused Flash reveal, and a new look at Indiana Jones 5.