1999 saw the release of “Super Smash Bros.” for the Nintendo 64. With a variety of characters from Nintendo’s anthology of video games, fast paced fighting action and great graphics, “Super Smash Bros.” quickly became a hit. Two years later on Nintendo’s Game Cube system, “Super Smash Bros. Melee” was released, containing even more characters and more modes of game play, improving upon the already great features of the original.
Now since March 9, “Super Smash Bros Brawl” has been taking over the Nintendo Wii as the third installment in the franchise.
With 35 characters taken from Nintendo’s library of games, “Brawl” has extended the number of playable fighters beyond that of the first two games. The “Brawl” mode is the main multiplayer mode for up to four players. Players select a character and fight to knock their opponent off the stage. The characters take a percentage of damage every time they are hit by an opponent. The more the damage percentage increases, the farther the characters fly from the stage. Players can choose whether or not to provide the arena with various pummeling items to attack their opponent with. Each item is based on an element from a Nintendo game and can shoot lasers, provide damage reduction, or various other effects. For example, a hammer or Koopa shell from “Super Mario World.” Items are dropped from the air and can drop down inside boxes or barrels, which can be used as weapons as well.
Every playable stage is also themed from the Nintendo world, like a Pokémon stadium. With 36 stages to battle on, the players might never get bored of fighting. However, should the standard stages become stale they have the incredible option of creating their own stage with the hundreds of pieces and parts
from the other stages. When creating stages, it is recommended to purchase a SD memory card, as the Wii does not come with much internal memory for holding your saved memory. Please note that “High Capacity” SD cards do not work in the Wii though normal SD cards for digital cameras can work. There are even cards made specifically for the Wii, and that would be your best bet for compatibility.
New to the “Super Smash Bros.” franchise is the ability to play online with people from all over the world through the Wii internet connection. This is great; if you get bored of beating up the friends around you all the time, take the fight online, and brag to the whole world.
In all of the “Super Smash Bros.” games a single-player mode was included as a challenge and means of unlocking secret playable characters. In Brawl, the classic single-player mode that was in the previous installments is included, plus a brand new, 10-hour-long cinematic adventure mode called “Subspace Emissary.” This new storylinebased adventure can be played with two people and is full of all sorts of strange challenges and enemies. Character customization is available through the use of “stickers,” little emblems of characters and objects from Nintendo game history that provide special abilities for the characters, like stronger attack power.
With online play, thirty-five different characters, the classic single-player, a new two-player cinematic storyline with character customization, and enough collectible items to make you play brawl for hours on end, “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” has made the series even better. If you have a Nintendo Wii, I suggest that you go purchase this game. “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” is a great game that everyone can play, including the whole family.
While the game is rated Teen, the violence is kept at a cartoonish level and in an “everyone can play” environment. Games like these do what videogames are supposed to do: bring people together and vastly entertain. “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” is hands down one of the best gaming purchases you can make.
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