June 13, 2014 1:23 PM EDT

TIME may be good at writing about video games but playing them … not so much. TIME senior editor Matt Peckham faced off against two Nintendo product evaluators — but somehow nobody won.

A CPU playing as the Villager from Animal Crossing took the prize, but that only goes to show what the new Super Smash Bros. has to offer, including new characters like video game legend Pac-Man, new more-balanced levels, and all the bashing you can handle.

And give Peckham some credit, he was doing an interview while playing.

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