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The game could have been released in its earliest stages ...
on November 12, 2001
... 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. You get Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Kirby, Pikachu, Yoshi, Fox, Ness, Captain Falcon, and four new characters: Princess Peach, Bowser, Zelda, and the Ice Climbers, Popo and Nana! There are also at least 7 hidden ones, as Nintendo swears there are over 20 playable characters in the game. The previous title only had 12 characters (two, being Luigi and Jigglypuff, which are most certain hidden). This title also has 23 stages (5 hidden), while the previous only had 9! Want some more? Close to 30 or 40 items to use, while the previous had maybe 20. Tons of new game modes, such as Adventure Mode, Tournament Mode, Giant and Tiny Mode, One-Button Mode, Coin Battle Mode, Colessium Mode, Invisible Mode, and tons more! You'll never get bored!
The multiplayer fun factor still holds true, but HAL tried to boost the single player areas as well. The newest Adventure Mode is most likely the best. You control your character through different platformer worlds of various Nintendo stars, like through Mario levels or the castles in Hyrule!
I guess its time to give you an insight on some characters. Princess Peach is definitely gonna be a strong force! She can use a frying pan, tennis racket, golf club, parasol, explosive butt bump (no kidding), Toad, she can float, and she can throw vegetables! Yikes!
Bowser, on the other hand, is nothing but defense, power, size, and no speed. He can breathe fire, bite, body slam, butt stomp ... the usual big character stuff.
The Ice Climbers are more unique. Instead of fighting with one character at a time, you actually fight with two! You control the blue Eskimo guy, named Popo, while the pink one, named Nana, follows you around and copies your every move! Popo and Nana have to be together to use a lot of their moves, so losing one is a bad thing. Of course, they come back eventually.
Zelda is also very unique. She has love, wind, and fire attacks, as well as a special transformation move. She can transform into her male counterpart, Sheik! As Sheik, she's faster and has a new moveset, including throwing needles, a whip, and teleportation. You can switch back and forth constantly, making the strategy incredible!
Speaking of move sets, the moves are still as easy as ever to pull off. You can perform special moves by standing and pressing B, pressing Up and B (often used as an airborne jump to return to the stage), Down and B, and the new Side and B! Characters also now have four throws to chose from, as well as a multiple-hit throw. Tons of new techniques, even including tilting into the background or foreground to avoid attacks, are included as well!
Stages are incredible. Whether you're fighting in the middle of an F-ZERO race or in the peaceful town of Onett, the action is always great! Stages include a fight atop Peach's Castle from Super Mario 64, over the raging Kongo River, on an icy mountain, on a flying ship over the rainbow, in a retro 8-bit Mushroom Kingdom, on a planet of acid, and tons more! Each character has at least two stages, except for the Ice Climbers, who have 1, and Peach, Bowser, and Zelda, who share stages with related characters.
Another innovative feature is the Gallery mode. Every mode you play will reward you with Coins. You can use these Coins to play a Slot Machine game. If you win, you can win trophies of Nintendo characters! These trophies look nice and include short biographies, written by the director of HAL, but other than that, they are basically the "PokéDex" of SSBM. NES fans will be delighted to see old characters such as Balloon Fighter, Gloopy, and tons more!
If you get a GameCube, you can't possibly enjoy it without this game! People say its just a rehash of SSB, but in reality, its everything SSB had and tons, tons, TONS more! I recommend you get it, without a doubt, and buy a controller (or 3) while you're at it! It's definitely a multiplayer game.