Police officers responded to a call from neighbours complaining about noise.
When Saint Paul police arrived at the home of Jovante M Williams in Minneapolis they found a group of young people playing on the Nintendo.
And so, they joined in.
Williams posted a video on Twitter and Facebook, and it quickly went viral. He wrote:
SO NEGHBORS [sic] CALLED THE COPS ON US AND NOW WE FIGHTING THEM…IN SMASH BROS.
The officers were called to an apartment on University Avenue in Minneapolis.
Jovante told Yahoo Lifestyle that he and his friends had been playing on mute because they didn’t want to ‘bother anyone.’
‘We’re not trouble,’ he told Yahoo. ‘We’re adults. Sometimes, we drink beer…we were just playing.’
After they told the officers they were playing Mario on Nintendo, and that they were doing it quietly, the police joined in.
I’m like, “Y’all wanna play Smash?!” And two of them literally raised their hand and walked up. They’re like, “How do you jump?” They were acting; one of them was playing Pikachu!
Williams added that it was nice to play with the police officers:
It was concerning. You see so many videos of terrible results. … I’m not trying to end up in jail or hurt, or have my friends harmed, or to start a commotion. But you know what? I heard the police asking ‘What Smash Brothers?’ Instead of something negative … it was something wholesome.
The police department later praised their officers on the Facebook page:
Our officers are always looking for ways to connect with the community. Sometimes it's at Safe Summer Nights. Sometimes it's an impromptu game of hoops.
And sometimes they wind up bonding over video games.