Here’s a story that shows the good side of the internet.
Chris Taylor is a terminally ill cancer patient from Toronto that decided to decline further treatment in July. Doctors determined that the young man would only have three to six months left to live. Earlier this month Taylor began to express sadness on twitter that he may not be alive to see the release of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The video game is set for release in December of this year and a demo version premiered at this years E3 video game expo in Los Angeles.
A campaign started by Reddit users in the video game community aimed to get Nintendo to let Taylor play the game. The campaign quickly caught the attention of many people and eventually Nintendo. This week Nintendo made Taylor’s dream come true when they gave him the opportunity to play the demo version of the game that premiered at E3. “No words can describe how thankful i am to the smash and DMC communities banding together and helping me,” Taylor wrote on Reddit. “I hardly deserve it but you guys did all this and just the pure kindness brings me to tears, thank you so so so so so much,” he continued.
Nintendo announced that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would be released on December 7 of this year. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will include the original playable characters as well as some new ones. Characters from the original game include various characters from classic Nintendo games like Mario and Zelda. Some of the newer characters that will come in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will include characters from games like Splatoon.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate To Hit Shelves This December
Nintendo also announced that they would be releasing a special edition of the Nintendo Switch for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The special edition is now available for pre-order on Amazon and is priced around $360. The game will also see the arrival of updated editions of classic Nintendo controllers. Nintendo will also release a few editions of the game, some of which will include special products and content.
Chris Taylor took to Reddit after playing the game to thank the users that helped him play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He also provided information about, Osteosarcoma, which is the type of cancer he has. Osteosarcoma is a rare type of bone cancer that is prevalent in children and teenagers. The cancer is rare enough that there hasn’t been much research dedicated to finding a cure. There are some organizations that are working to find out more information about the disease. These researchers hope to eradicate the disease as it is most often found in children.
Chris Taylor provided a lot of great information in his Reddit post as to how you can learn more about Osteosarcoma. To find out more about Osteosarcoma or how you can donate to support research efforts, check out the MIB Agents website here.
Update: Taylor has since passed away. You can read a statement, which was posted on Reddit by his brother here.
Julia Sachs is a staff writer at Grit Daily. She covers tech, entrepreneurship and entertainment news and is based in Park City, Utah.