284 of 315 people found the following review helpful
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.
114 of 124 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2001
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!!!!
204 of 227 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2002
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.
-Mr Game and Watch*
-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.)
* = 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:
Control: 4.5/5 (I think it's well worth a 5!!)
Gameplay: 1 player: 4.5/5
2 players+: 10/5
51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2001
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...
*Pretty much more
*Lack of friends means lack of enjoyment
*No Online Gaming(...)
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2002
Frankly, one of the best (and most addictive) video games I've ever played.
If you don't know (or didn't play the first Super Smash Brothers on the N64), this is a fast-paced cartoonish fighting game where you can control (and beat up) characters from Nintendo's other games (such as Mario and Luigi, Link and Zelda, Kirby, Pikachu, Samus Aran, and lesser-known ones like the Ice Climbers). Its cute looks and deceptively simple controls (punch/kick, special move, jump, and block/throw) hide a surprisingly complex fighting game that will please players of any skill level. It's probably too confusing and fast-paced for little kids, but I'd heartily recommend it for anyone above the age of 10 or so.
There are three vastly improved single-player modes: straight fighting (much like the single-player from the first game), an "adventure" mode where you fight your way through various levels, and a series of fifty challenging "event" matches to test your skills. There's also an endurance mode (fight up to 100 opponents in a row) and a highly entertaining home-run contest.
Of course, the game is at its best with a group of people -- it supports up to 4 players duking it out at once, which is an absolute blast. You can also play on teams, and include computer-controlled fighters of various difficulty levels. There are dozens of characters and stages to fight on, and almost every aspect of combat can be adjusted (such as how much damage your characters do, how fast the game runs, and which items will appear during the battles).
It can take some time to unlock all of the game's hidden characters and levels, and beating the single-player mode without continuing (to get to the "real" boss) is *tough* on the higher difficulty settings. Its real replay value, though, is definitely in the multi-player mode. If you don't have 4 controllers and 3 friends, you might think twice about this, but otherwise, you can't go wrong.
Besides, you can whack annoying Pokemon upside the head with a baseball bat. And really, isn't that the whole point? ;)
42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2002
This game is one of the cooliest I have seen on Gamecube. This game is the sequel to Super Smash Brothers on Nintendo. For example, this game has 29 excellent characters and 25 cool levels. Please note that you have to unlock some of the characters and levels. The characters that are already unlocked are: Mario, Pikachu, Bowser, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Captain Falcon, Fox, Ness, Ice Climbers, Kirby, Samus, Zelda/Sheik, Link, and Jigglypuff. The hidden characters are: Mewtwo, Luigi, Marth, Mr. Game and Watch, Dr. Mario, Ganondorf, Young Link, Falco, Pichu, and Roy. The levels that are already loaded on the game are: Princess Peach's castle, Rainbow Cruise, Kongo Jungle, Jungle Japes, Great Bay, Te,ple, Yoshi's Story, Yoshi's Island, Fountain of Dreams, Green Greens, Corneria, Venom, Icicle Mountain, Brainstar, Onett, Mute City, Pokemon Stadium, and Kingdom. The Hidden stages are: Brainstar Depths, Fourside, Big Blue, Poke Floats, Kingdom 2, Flat Zone, Battlefield, Final Destination, Dream Land, Yoshi's Island, and Kongo Jungle.
In this cool cartoon battle game of Nintendo's hottest characters there is so many different options. For example, on one player theres: adventure mode, classic mode, 51 events, training practice, target tests, homerun contests, and multi-man melee. In vs. mode you can: play melee, tournament melee, and special melee.
You can even make up your own rules! Every character has different attacks and moves. If you want, try to collect the hundreds of trophies.
Once again I give this game 5 perfect stars. This is one of the most funiest games ever! I recommend that you should buy this game if you love fighting combat.
36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2002
This game is too good. There are 26 characters and 29 stages. The 15 default characters are Mario, Pikachu, Bowser, Peach, Yoshi, DK, C. Falcon, Fox, Ness, Ice Climbers, Kirby, Samus, Sheik, Zelda, and Link. The 11 hidden characters are Dr. Mario, Luigi, Ganondorf, Falco, Young Link, Pichu, Jigglypuff, Mewtwo, Mr. Game and Watch, Marth, and Roy. The 1-P Mode consists of Classic & Adventure Mode (All-Star to be unlocked), 51 Event Mode matches, 3 minigames in Stadium, and Training. Vs. Mode consists of Melee (Time, Stock & new Coin & Bonus), Tournament Melee (up to 64 players), Special Melee (10 different ways to play), Custom Rules & Name Entry. There are 290 different trophies to collect (100 in the Lottery alone). Look at your Collection or look at a description of each one in the Gallery. With 162-bit graphics, a ton of depth, a special movie and more, this is a must-have. Also buy Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, Star Wars: Rogue Leader, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, Pikmin, and sports titles.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2001
Super Smash Bros. Melee. How to sum it up in one word? Amazing! Smash Bros. Melee is the sequel to the N64 version. All the Nintendo characters (if not, most of them) from the first game make a return. Plus there's a bunch of new characters like Zelda, Princess Peach and the retro characters the Ice Climbers. Also, throw in a handful of extra hidden characters and you got the fighter lineup. The modes of play are plentiful. There's the original tournament and there's also new modes like the Adventure mode, Coin mode and even a Homerun mode. Smash Bros. was one of the best multiplayer games on the N64. Smash Bros. Melee is no different. You can go up against 3 other CPU controlled characters or even better, get 3 of your friends and you'll have one pretty hectic game. Overall, this game is great for anyone, no matter if you're a newbie to this game or a long time fan.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2001
This is a must buy game, with lots of new stuff. The game features 23 yes 23 stages in all! Plus over 20 playable characters. Secret characters include Shiek, Zelda, Gannondorf and many more. Anyway there are all new modes such as Tournament,1-player adveture, gallery mode, coin battle, HP mode, and possibly a homerun tournament! Now in SSBM there are 30 items like the spy cloak, laser machine gun, umbrella, food, and more to be reavealed. But if you get gamecube let this be your 1st coice.
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2001
well this is an update to my last reveiw,i know some of the characters(there may be more) i own the import of it known as(super smash bros deluxe)......
the regular characters are:
iceclimbers,ness,zelda/sheik(she transforms),link,mario(duh),donkey kong,fox,captain falcon,bowser,samus,pikachu,peach,yoshi,and kirby.DO NOT READ ON IF YOU WANT TO BE SUPRISED!! SECRET CHARACTERS:
luigi,jigglypuff,mewtwo,pichu,falco,dr.mario,gannon,young link,roy,prince marth(if you do not reconize the last two dont feel bad,ther from fire emblem)and last but deffinatly not least.........MR. GAME AND WATCH!!!!*gasp*(youll see)
there are 30 levels (some old some new),and plenty of new items,more notabally mr saturn,super scope six,and food items.
if you did not see your fav nintendo character dont worrie the trophie mode has virtually every nintendo character(old and new)
THANK YOU FOR READING MY LONG REVEIW!