Super Smash Bros. Brawl
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
My best friend was coming in to town, so I bought this game just before he arrived. We both lost a ton of sleep and I was barely productive the next day.

This game is what a lot of games for both GameCube and Wii have been: Social party games good for a couple of hours at a time. And that Nintendo delivers masterfully in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The quick games, lots of options, and ease of gameplay pickup make it a great game for when you've got a group of people over.

People expecting a hardcore gaming experience, and/or people without any friends, should not buy this product.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2008
Another worthy addition to the smash bros. collection, Brawl has all the classic fun of the multiplayer mode that we have come to expect. But what really impressed me in this game is the sheer amount of single player options, such as the Subspace Emissary Mode, which is really just an excellent addition and feels like a game in itself. This game is pretty much a must have for anyone with a Wii. Even if you haven't played its predecesors, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. Highly recommended
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2008
This is an incredible game. The Super Smash Bros. games are just keep on getting beter and better. This is for sure one of the top 10 Wii games I know of. You could play this game with a group, a family, or by yourself and you'd never be disappointed with this game.

You thought 24 players were a lot in Melee. Now there is 37 over all including the unlockable characters. And now there is the new awesome item, the Final Smash which gives every character a special move to knock the other players off the screen. There are also much more stages and even some Melee stages that you can still play on.

In Brawl, there is a single player adventure mode: The Subspace Emissary.
In Melee there was an adventure mode but you could get done with it in 5 minutes. Now, in Brawl, this adventure mode could take you days to finish. This game has awesome graphics too.

Brawl now has Wi-Fi, where you can play with friends, watch other people fight, or just fight anyone you want around the world. Brawls Wi-Fi is fun, but I was kinda disappointed at how choppy it was. Maybe it's just my connection though. But, if you can get a nice, smooth game on Wi-Fi, then it's a blast.

I wouldn't pass this game up. Get it, and enjoy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2008
This game is really fun.I like it alot.I like it because you can choose lots of diferent characters like Mario,Peach,Bowser,DK,DideyKong,Meta Knight,Zelda,Link,Kirby,KingDedede,Wario,pikachu,Pit,Fox,Samus,Poke'monTr-ainer,Yoshi,Omalar,and Ice Climbers.There are also more characters to unlock like sonic,SolidSnake,Falco,and Gandorf.I also like that you can take pictures at different positions and scroll around while doing that.
Another thing is that you can have a team battle.For example,Link and yoshi ,the green team,Gandorf and bowser,the red team.You also get to win trophies,unlock stages and music.The best part is that you can brawl online!you can also use poke'mon from the kanto,jhoto,hoen,and sinoh.you can also use legendery poke'mon like kyogre.But when you throw a poke'ball,There is no telling what poke'mon will appear.Thats why I like Super Smash brothers brawl.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2008
The "Super Smash Bros." titles have become a powerful series of Nintendo's, and for good reason. What they may lack in solo play and depth they more than make up for in thrilling multiplayer. If you're looking for a solid party game, this is one of the epics.

Just by reading the game information section, other reviews, or going to the official website, I feel one can get the general idea of what Brawl offers over its predecessor, Melee. So instead of listing its features, I'll try to answer the often ignored question, "is this game right for me?" See this review as an addition to other, more gameplay specific ones.

Short answer: if you've owned previous Smash games and have enjoyed them, then absolutely yes. There is no reason not to get the improved version of the game you love. The graphics are a significant improvement over those of Melee, the new characters are welcome additions (although you'll probably find yourself clinging to your old main), and the online play is, for the most part, a wonderful experience.

A note on the online feature: it's fine when you play against registered friends, but terrible with the "Anyone" option. It can take 5-10 minutes before other players queue up, and the lag is so bad the game becomes unplayable. Disconnects are frequent, regardless of the strength of your connection (oddly enough, this only seems to be a problem when playing against "Anyone" instead of "Friends"). You don't get to see the names of your opponents or have any chance to communicate with them, so you'll never get the chance to add them to your friends. Matches are locked at 2 minutes; no other option is available. Honestly, considering the waiting you'll be doing, the terrible lag once you finally start, the constant fear of a disconnect, and the lack of options, playing against "Anyone" is just flat out not worth it. The "Friend" option, however, allows you to fully customize your match as you would normally, the lag is hardly noticeable (assuming your friends are in the same state), and you can preset a few phrases of dialogue (bound to the D-pad) to use throughout the fight. No complaints.

But what if you haven't really gotten involved in the Smash Bros. universe? One of the greatest things about this game is how accessible it is to the casual player. No matter what a player's experience, anyone can jump in, mash some buttons, and perform well. The lack of character development means that a gamer doesn't need to invest countless hours of grinding before he/she can hope to stand a chance against other players (as is the case with many RPGs). If you're looking for a fast-paced game you can enjoy no matter how little time you may be able to devote, Brawl is an excellent candidate.

However, this isn't to say hardcore gamers will be disappointed - despite its simple fight mechanics and concept, Brawl offers quite a bit by way of high level gaming. I was originally one of the non-believers; I didn't feel Brawl was particularly skill-based or that it'd offer the intense experience other, less family-friendly games boasted. Was I wrong. You'll come to find that against a *serious* opponent, wise, precise timings of essentially everything you do will mean the match. I can't begin to explain how aggravating it is to lose simply because I missed my attack by a fraction of a second, leaving myself exposed for a game breaking finisher. The upside: you can only blame it on your skill, not poor mechanics. But as I've said, such particulars only apply to the high-level gamers; the average, casual player will have absolutely no difficultly jumping in and dealing heavy damage. It's really just a matter of who you're playing against.

Although Brawl has some interesting solo options, I find the multiplayer to be the heart of the experience. The new "Subspace Emissary" mode gets redundant quickly - you'll soon find you're only hanging in there for the amusing, high-quality cut scenes. Otherwise, it's more or less a rinse-and-repeat kind of deal spread across eight hours. It's an interesting perk, but definitely not what you'll keep coming back for. Thankfully, it offers a co-op mode that instantly alleviates the boredom. The AI is pretty good, but again, Brawl thrives in the social atmosphere.

If you're looking for a deep, driven story and intense character growth, Brawl isn't going to help you out. The "Subspace Emissary" really isn't worth mentioning as an RPG. While the action could pass for a movie scene, the plot will not. The game's simply about bashing up your enemies in beautiful, chaotic mayhem. If you find fast-paced, constant combat to be stressful or not particularly interesting, the mindless nature of Brawl isn't for you.

At heart, Brawl is a party game designed to please all (even those in the above paragraph, who, although perhaps not wanting to buy, will surely enjoy a few rounds at a friend's). Virtually every aspect of the experience can be customized to your liking (again, I'll leave the specifics to other reviews), and no matter what your level, everyone can have an exhilarating, rowdy time. It's a legendary party game that will easily last years - yes, years - to come.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2008
I've been a fan of Super Smash Brothers since I needed something "different" to play on my gamecube. I only played the original for a short time, but with some serious time with SSBM, I was a convert, permanently. So clearly, I'm a prejudiced fan of the series. But then again, you might be too! So this opinion is for you.

Everything is "still there" minus a couple characters, but 35 is plenty I'd say. Some things have been given better balance, such as Ganondorf. He's still a bad mo fo but definitely not as slippery as before. I don't win every match anymore with him, just nearly every match :)

So much content has been added. You have the standard single player matches, then the subspace emissary which is a lot of platforming with random battles mixed in and some kind of story-ish thing going on, whatever, it's fun to have something different to do. You get the level builder, which has allowed me to make some ridiculous little maps. Quite fun. You have online play, which after a few days is beginning to sort out its kinks and give me some excellent fun times. Yes everyone gripes over friend codes and anonymous play but to be honest, the only thing I looked at online play for was human opponents between weekly matches with my friends.

The super smashes are no worse balance-wise than any of the strong pokemon balls. And the pokemon balls have been expanded, as well as adding the assist trophies which are essentially the same thing but not limited to pokemon. Excellent.

So if you have been on the fence as a fan of the series, trust me, you will not be disappointed by this release, it's a masterpiece in the series and should provide hundreds of not thousands of hours of fun for those of us who already know how perfectly satisfying a good smash into the face of your least favorite nintendo character can be.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2008
I have always been a fan of the Smash Bros. series, ever since the first installment of the game (you know, the one with only 12 characters and eight stages?). And I became an even bigger fan with the release of Melee, which completly upt the antee on the whole series, with tons of playable characters and stages, even bizzarer items, and an upgraded story mode. So after that, I began to wonder, how will Nintendo top this?

And so, nearly seven years after Melee, the creative team comes out swinging with Super Smash Bros. Brawl, one of the most addictive and enjoyable games since Melee. Forget Mario Galaxy or Metroid or any other flagship games, if you truley want to enjoy your Wii experience, you really need only two games. Twilight Princess and Smash Bros., thats all yuo need for hours of fun.

Like before, the character count has been umped, with returning fighters like Mario, Link, Pikachu, and Samus along with new comers Ike, Pit, Lucas, and many more joining the fray, even third party players like Solid Snake and Sonic have been added to the already impressive roster. As for stages, we're given even more diverese terrain ranging from a castle battle to an upgraded Pokemon Stadium to the biazzare world of Pictochat. It shows Nintendo went all out for this game by trying to stuff as much characters into the game, which adds to an endless array of fighting.

Now, there are a couple of new features added to this installment, the first notable being the Smash Ball. Once you grab this glowing orb of power, watch out for a devistating attack that can turn the tables of even the most hopeless fight. Also added is a new story mode, called the Subspace Emmissary. This surprisingly meaty game has you play as many of the characters as they fight to stop an evil Minister from taking over their world. Along the way, you can pick up trophies and stickers and a whole bunch of other cool collectibles for your gallery. Oh, I nearly forgot about stickers! Well, this little do-hicky's are much like trophies but unlike trophies, you can do a whole bunch of stuff with them like power up your player, make a scrapbook, even get a few added bonuses if your lucky.

As for Wi-Fi, this game has a surprisingly good connection (as long as its within the continental US, mind you) and being able to play others from across the land can really add to the whole fun.

So after you have experienced Brawl, there really is only one question left. How can they top this one?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2008
When i first promised to get smash brawl so i could play against my friend online, i was beginning to have some doubts after reading the reviews about the controls. I bought a wii for the controls as i think most have, and I wasn't going to spend $50 on a game that uses the gamecube controller.

Thank god i decided to get this game, because it is awesome. First off the wiimote and nunchuck combination can be used and after using it with other games i found it easy to pick up on in smash brothers. I'm not sure why others are having such difficulty with it that they feel they have to go back to a gamecube controller. Also the motion controls of the wiimote are utilized in this game, many reviews that say they aren't simply haven't bothered to turn them on.

When the motion controls are on, players can use them to do smash moves throughout the game. By flicking the controller up they can do a up smash, down a down smash and to the left or right a smash in that direction. I tested the time of smash moves with the motion controls on and off, and found no difference in the speed of the moves. Using the wiimote and nunchuck combination with the motion controls on, i was able to win online reguraly and found it to be a competitive controller combination.

So if you are someone like me that wants a fun wii game that uses the motion controls i would recommend this game. I had the previous version of smash and got bored with it quick, but with everything thats in this game it will take me awhile before i take it out of the wii. The graphics are beautiful on a 50 inch hdtv.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2009
Imagine Mario and luigi dueling a team of pokemon or diddy kong duking it out with star fox or zelda going head to head with princess peach. This game has it all! With countless ways to customize your nintendo battles. This is an intense yet very fun game for any die hard smash bros fan. It contains countless characters, stages, and unique items to spice up the multiplayer fights. Its by far more addicting than melee or the original. There is also a story mode where all the nintendo combatents have an insanely awsome crossover to defeat an evil dark army of primid led by new and familiar nintendo villains. Online play is also optional but can be pretty difficult to face off with well skilled random strangers. Anyway this game has it all- Suggested for anyone who has a great liking for fighting games.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2011
My daughter bought this game for my son for his birthday. It was new but did not work with the Wii. The Wii could not read the disc at all. Before giving up and returning the game we called the number for Nintendo in the front of the instruction booklet and found out that this problem is rare but had occurred with other Wii customers. Nintendo paid to have the game system and game returned to them and repaired the Wii (needed a manual update from the factory) and a new game disc that had been tested in the repaired Wii. The whole process was finished in about one week and everything plays great now!! The game is a lot of fun for our 7 year old son and friends. This is just to let others know that if the disc doesn't work, contact the Ninetendo customer service number in the book before assuming the game is defective. It may be that the Wii needs a little repair and the folks at Nintendo were very helpful in this matter.
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