For some Smash Bros is serious business. The competitive community that revolves around the series has been strong for years and is currently preparing itself for the newest title. Top tier Smash players, ones you see win at APEX and EVO, are usually male and range in age from early 20’s to early 30’s. That’s why “Karissa the Destroyer”, a 10 year-old girl from the west coast, is causing a stir.

Everyone is amazed by this wunderkinds understanding of the game, especially considering that it hasn’t even hit store shelves. Above she plays against noted Smash announcer D1 in a “For Glory” match (Final Destination. No items. Fox only). She doesn’t even lose one life. Impressive!

Below, in a much more shaky video, Karissa takes on some top players from the west coast at a local GameStop. Her fast and furious playstyle further proves her unbelievable sense of timing and in game physics.

Some have taken to Reddit and Smash Boards to express their disbelief of her skills, saying that she may be some bizarre form of guerilla marketing. Commenters have noted that she takes her hand off the controller for a moment and yet her character keeps attacking. Others have pointed out that maybe the atack animation has already begun so there’s no reason to cry foul. The fact that she is also a small time actress has also pushed towards the “It’s all a stunt” theory.

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My thoughts? It seems unlikely but maybe she’s just a very talented young lady with a knack for Smash Bros. I hope we see more of Karissa in the coming days and months. I would be extremely entertaining to see her pitted against the top Smash players in the world such as ZeRo or Mew2King. She’s on her way to becoming an actress, but I think she just got her big break when it comes to gaming.

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*UPDATE*

Since Karissa’s videos and this article went live the internet has been debating if she’s the real deal. An image, found below, popped up on Reddit not long ago claiming to prove her skills were fabricated as a GameStop promotion. Say it ain’t so, Karissa. Say it ain’t so.

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Obviously, someone could have ‘shopped this picture, but then we’d be dealing with some serious deception inception. All signs seem to be pointing to her just being a good actor and not such a good Smash player (and for $350 who could blame her). Curse you GameStop! I wanted to believe.

*UPDATE*

Seems Karissa is indeed only and actor and not the Smash prodigy we initially thought. Turns out the talent behind those sick Smash combos was none other than the Melee master Liquid Korean DJ.

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