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Super Smash Bros.: Melee (GameCube)

Teen
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Perspective
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87
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4.1
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Written by  :  WildKard (12149)
Written on  :  Sep 27, 2003
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Summary

I used to dream about a game like this when I was a kid. Thank you Nintendo for making it come true (again)!

The Good

This game is a zany cross-over of all of your favorite Nintendo characters. Link, Samus, Mario, Kirby... they're all here and ready to play a super-simplistic game that also happens to be a lot of fun. The goal is simple. Hit, wack, throw, pummel, nudge, smash, bounce, launch to try to knock them off the edge. Even if you don't succeed, you might just hurt your opponent causing their damage meter to go up making them fly farther and jump less... between the two effects, the next attack you make has a better chance of knocking your opponent out of the arena!

Now, add the fact that 4 players can play... and the fact that the levels are gorgeous!, even the single player ones (which is greatly improved over the N64 single player modes) and tons of unlockable features and "collecting items"... and you have yourself one fun game!

The Bad

Not very much. If there's one complaint I have with the game it's clone characters. That is the characters that play suspiciously similar to one another... these include Mario & Luigi, Ganondorf & Captain Falcon, Link and Young Link, Pikatchu and Pitchu (although in this case there's enough of a difference to be forgiven instantly).

That and the game is hard to put down! =)

The Bottom Line

Zany cartoon Violence Fun for the whole family... that features lots and lots of Nintendo characters. Almost no skill is required... just pick-up and play! And thank you Nintendo for making my zany cross-over dreams come true!