About the Product
- 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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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
-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
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In buying the game 'Super Smash Bros. Melee' for the system Game Cube, my thoughts are heavily satisfied. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Product was defective and not in the condition stated (marked good, was barely in an acceptable condition).Published 23 days ago by Gavin Alcorn
God damn, "works just fine" my ass. Got this used and it didn't work. All I could see was the sweet intro and then game disc could not be read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike
200 bucks for a GameCube game? No thank you. That's a rip off.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer