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Super Smash Bros Melee

Platform : GameCube
Rated: Teen
1,380 customer reviews
Metascore: 92 / 100

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  • Number of Players: Offline: 1-4 Players
  • Number of Players: Simultaneous: 2-4 Players
  • More characters and stages are unlocked as hidden objectives are met, and coins rewarded for playing in all modes can be spent on a capsule toy machine.
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Product Description

Can Mario beat Donkey Kong? Is Pikachu tougher than Yoshi? Find out as 12 of Nintendo's biggest stars battle in head-to-head competition. Battle through a tournament in 3-D fighting arenas or take on multiple players with special moves and unique strengths. Made in USA.

Normally, Nintendo contract players such as Mario, Pikachu, Link, Donkey Kong, Bowser, and Kirby are generally happy and well-mannered, but in Super Smash Bros. Melee, the pleasantries get thrown out and the gloves (except for Mario's) come off. This update of the N64 favorite features these and other video game icons in furious, yet utterly absurd fisticuffs that usually make for a smashing good time. Just make sure you have at least one human opponent to pound on.

Starting off with 14 characters (an additional 11 are waiting to be unlocked), the game has a pretty standard premise--let Nintendo's stars beat on each other until the timer runs out. However, a lot of emphasis is put on knocking opponents off ledges while avoiding the same fate. In typical Nintendo manner, there are quite a few power-ups to assist you in the melee. The actual combat isn't as intricate as in other fighting games; however, the ultra-cartoony layout of the many, many arenas sometimes adds a strategic element not usually found in similar titles.

Super Smash Bros. Melee's strength lays in the mayhem created in four-player fights. The camera does an excellent job of positioning itself so all combatants are constantly visible. Also, Melee sports some of the best visuals seen in a Nintendo product. All the characters are highly detailed, and the movements of each are smoothly infused with personality. Donkey Kong lumbers and Princess Peach fights with grace.

As the multiplayer mode is the key reason for this game's existence, the single-player mode is decidedly weak. The game features an adventure mode that plays somewhat like an old-school, side-scrolling Mario game. Sadly, despite its good looks, its gameplay is rather uninspired. This game is clearly at its best when there are two or more players with controllers in their hands. --Mark Brooks


  • Fantastic graphics and sound keep the action upbeat
  • Many new characters and other goodies to unlock
  • Single-player experience is comparatively weak
  • Too cute for a few folks
  • Adventure mode is boring

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  • ASIN: B00005Q8M0
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 7, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,380 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,566 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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284 of 315 people found the following review helpful By Chase Willey on November 12, 2001
Format: Video Game
... and sold to be a smash hit! The unexpected prequal, Super Smash Bros., for Nintendo 64 had very little excitement drawn to its release. I, myself, admit saying "That game looks stupid!" when I first saw it. In fact, I only purchased it because I was a Pokémon-freak at the time. But after getting the hang of it, SSB proves that fighters don't have to have 20 button combination moves and fatalities to be fun!
SSB is a very unique fighting game. Every character has three special moves, two throws, and a bunch of physical attacks, and they are performed all the same way. The moves are, of course, different and it takes strategy to use them effectively. And, instead of having life, you have damage. The more you get hit, the higher your damage percent goes up. The higher it is, the farther away you fly when you get hit. To die, you have to fall off the stage, which floats in the middle of no where. The true shine of SSB is its multiplayer action. It's perfect for when you have friends over and it's still the life of the party, 2 years (and growing) after I got it. Of course, fans wanted a sequal. Though one for the Nintendo 64 while it was still alive would have been nice, the wait was well worth it for Super Smash Bros. Melee, the sequal coming to the newest Nintendo console this December!
First off, the graphics are incredibly updated. They are just so beautiful! No more sharp, jagged objects. Everything is nice and round, beautifully animated, and nicely textured. The fur on Fox looks so real! Aside from graphics, and an incredibly soundtrack to boot, there is an incredible Titantic-sized ship-load of new features!
The game starts out with 14 default characters.
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114 of 124 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 2001
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I thought that there was no game out there better than Super Smash Bros, but then I played THIS game at the at one of cube clubs, and all I can say is WOW! The graphics were incredible, the game play was intense, there's a ton of new things to do, and once you've played it, you'll want to throw Smash Bros. for 64 in the garbage. The Items are really cool to! For example, if you throw a Poke-ball, a 3D pokemon comes out moves around and attacks. (and it's not like 64 where it's a flat pokemon that just changes position) Their facial expression changes, they move around, and let your opponent have it! And If you think that the laser gun was a cheap item, wait until you see the laser machine gun in action! Your opponent won't have a chance! Nintendo Did an excellent job on this game. The characters all have individual fingers and you can even see the ruffles in Mario's overalls! It's amazing! You will be spellbound by this game so I encourage you to buy it if you haven't already!!!!
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204 of 227 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2002
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I bought this game at its release time and played it constantly since. I read the data of Super Smash Bros. and it said I played close to 100 hours total!!!!... and I'm still not tired of this game! The massive amount of lands (around 30) with their own obstacles and real-life simulation from other Nintendo games (some levels morph, melt away, constantly moving,... just amazing!!). The characters are real and have their own special moves and abilities.
-Dr. Mario*
-Donkey Kong
-Mr Game and Watch*
-Young Link*
-Ice Climbers (Nana and Popo)
-Marth*(from Fire Emblem, a Japanese game never released in the U.S.)
-Roy*(from Fire Emblem, a Japanese game never released in the U.S.)
-Captain Falcon
-Falco Lambardo*
-Samas Aran
* = Hidden Characters to be Unlocked one way or another.
Also you can collect trophies... I have 249.This game is also unbeatable with it's 4 player-support.Like Gamepro rated it:
Graphics: 5/5
Sound: 5/5
Control: 4.5/5 (I think it's well worth a 5!!)
Gameplay: 1 player: 4.5/5
2 players+: 10/5
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 14, 2001
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This game has it all! If you like the first, this is a must buy, especially if you have many friends. There are pretty much new of everything. More stages, items, modes, and MORE than 20 characters like new characters such as Peach, Ice Climbers, Bowser and Shiek/Zelda! If you didn't like the single player, you are not alone but in Melee, single player is much improved. You have to go through levels until you get to the character. It was said to be a lot of fun. Also, if people think this is a rehash, they are very wrong. First of all, this is a Multiplayer game! Not single! Also, this game is not allowed to be compared to Tekken or Street Fighter! They are two complete different things! The last thing is that there are so many new types of gameplay like Coin Mode, or HP Mode and now there is a new Forward B move. If there are any reasons to get the Gamecube, it's this game!(Other than Zelda, Mario, Metroid...)
*WAY better graphics
*Control is much better
*Faster paced action (60 fps)
*New Modes (Gallery, Classic, Adventure, Home Run, Coin, HP...)
*New characters, more than 20!
*New types of moves like dodging, forward B...
*Harder CP
*Pretty much more
*Lack of friends means lack of enjoyment
*No Online Gaming(...)
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