Are you ready to Brawl? Nintendo’s biggest fighting game is back, and its packing one hell of a punch.
Everyone remembers the original Super Smash Bro’s, released in 1999 on the N64. It was a hugefighting game featuring characters from Nintendo’s biggest franchises and you essentially got them to beat the tar out of each other. The sequel Super Smash Bro’s Melee was bigger, it was in fact one of the biggest games on the Gamecube, with great graphics and gameplay the game was near perfect. Super Smash Bro’s Brawl, the third installment in the series promises to be bigger and better than ever before, but can it live up to its name?
First and foremost, Brawl looks great, its definitely one the best looking games on the Wii. All the characters are finely detailed right down to the stitches on Mario’s dungarees. All the characters have been remodeled, some are far more noticeable than others. For example, Link is now modeled after Adult Link from Twilight Princess, while Kirby looks almost the same (I mean how much can you change a pink blob?). All the backgrounds look fabulous, and everything sails smoothly at 60fps. Occasionally you’ll notice a sharp edge on a character but other than that the visuals are top notch.
Just like the titles before it, Brawl’s gameplay style is unlike any other fighting game. You can choose from a large selection of characters (35), and the aim of the game is to blast your opponent off the stage using any means possible. Whether that means attacking them hand to hand, with weapons, or just throwing items at them till they bounce off are just some of the ways to win a match. Brawl boasts an outstanding 41 Stages and each one has its own style and charm: some you’ll love, some you’ll despise. Unlike most conventional fighting games, Brawl does not use a health bars, your damage racks up in a percentage, the higher the percentage the easier it is for you to be knocked off the stage. When a character is knocked off the screen he/she loses a life/coins/point, depending on the game mode you’re playing.
The control scheme is quite interesting, you can play Brawl pretty much anyway you want as it is compatible with the Wiimote, Wiimote + Nunchuck, Classic Controller and the Gamecube Controller. That’s right guys, all those tricks you learned in Melee will pay off now, just dust off your Gamecube Controller and plug in and play.
Characters can fight using a variety of attacks. You can use regular combos, expanded further by combining those combos with the analogue stick, and you also have smash attacks, and charged up regular attack: these are especially good for sending your opponent flying. You also have your special attacks, (four of these), corresponding to up, down, left and right and with no direction at all. These all have different effects and power for each character and you’re going to have to practice to master them. Each character also has a super move, called a Final Smash. Each one is different and ridiculously overpowered, and they can be used by destroying the Smash Ball, an item that appears on screen from time to time.
Items from the previous game return along with a whole new bag, but most noticeably the Smash Ball, and Assist Trophies. Assist Trophies act like Pokéballs, they summon a random character who performs some kind of ability, usually one that aids the summoner: but not always. Items can be used as projectiles or melee weapons and each have a different effect on the characters around it.
Super Smash Bros is essentially a multiplayer game, if you have no friends it cuts the replay value in half. But, there’s a strong single player mode within the game too. Solo mode comes in 2 major forms; Classic Mode and Adventure: The Subspace Emissary. Classic Mode is basically an arcade mode, where it’ll pit you against numerous amounts of enemies, 1 on 1, or handicap matches. Its great fun, and playing through with each character gives a very different experience. The Subspace Emissary is fantastic, this mode features unique character storylines and numerous side-scrolling levels and bosses to fight, as well as cut scenes explaining the plot. The Subspace Emissary however can be played with a friend via co-op, which provides a reason to play through twice: once solo, and once with a buddy, and trust me you’ll have a blast.
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