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Super Smash Bros.: Melee (GameCube)

Teen
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
87
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4.1
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Description

The sequel to HAL Laboratory's Super Smash Bros., which pitted Nintendo characters against each other, ups the ante by including more levels, more characters, and more game modes.

The game is a Nintendo fighting game with different rules to it. Instead of knocking your opponent's health down, you knock him or her out of the battle field. You choose from the wealth of Nintendo characters like Mario, Bowser, Yoshi, different Pokémon, and even Link and then either fight through the single-player portion, featuring modes like Classic, Adventure, and Event Mode or battle it out with your friends in a four-player frenzy. 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. The toys in the machine represent games from Nintendo's entire video game history, and each can be viewed in 3D with a brief description. Also, with the simplified fighting controls, it's pretty easy for even your non-gaming friends to just pick-up and play.

Playable characters come from the following games:

Screenshots

Super Smash Bros.: Melee GameCube team battle
Super Smash Bros.: Melee GameCube choose a location for battle
Super Smash Bros.: Melee GameCube choose a character
Super Smash Bros.: Melee GameCube donkey kong battle

Alternate Titles

  • "大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズDX" -- Japanese spelling
  • "SSB:M" -- Common name
  • "Smash" -- Shortened slang title
  • "Dairantou Smash Brothers DX" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

One Of The First. Still The Best. Guy Chapman (1744) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Incomparable Jon Collins (28) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Crack on a 3-inch DVD WizardX (116) unrated
It'll last you a decade. BigJKO (68) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
I used to dream about a game like this when I was a kid. Thank you Nintendo for making it come true (again)! WildKard (12149) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
SMASH your opponents to the moon. Da-Flea (27) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
More characters, more levels, and a lot better graphics than the prequel... Jim Fun (222) unrated
Gaming at its finest. Pixelspeech (955) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
A great game that I still love to play, even after almost 4 years of use! Phillip Leffel (3) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Nintendo's BEST-EVER multi-player fighting game! Dark Cloud (35) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars

The Press Says

Eurogamer.net (UK) May 23, 2002 10 out of 10 100
Gamezilla Jan 22, 2002 95 out of 100 95
PGNx Media May 14, 2002 9.5 out of 10 95
Electric Playground 2001 9 out of 10 90
GameSpy Dec 03, 2001 90 out of 100 90
Gamesmania Aug 01, 2002 85 out of 100 85
The Age May 30, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamereactor (Sweden) May 08, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Common Sense Media 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Critics Feb 20, 2002 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Super Smash Bros. Melee appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Fire Emblem

Prior to this game's release, no game in Nintendo's Fire Emblem series had ever received an official North American release, which caused some confusion among western gamers who were introduced to Marth and Roy (two Fire Emblem characters) via Super Smash Bros. Melee. Initially they were going to be exclusive to the Japanese version of the game. However, when the developers were working on the North American version, they received favorable attention, so they were kept in the Western version.

Mr. Game and Watch

Even though the secret character Mr. Game and Watch is stylized as a 2D character, he is actually a 3D model of his 2D form. The Mr. Game and Watch model is flattened and his shading is different. This can be especially noticed when he's thrown or picking up an item box.

Ness

The character Ness was going to be replaced by Lucas, the main protagonist of Mother 3. However, due to the delay of Mother 3, the developers kept Ness.

Ratings

This was Mario's very first appearance in a game with an ESRB rating higher than E (Everyone).

Snake

Apparently, Hideo Kojima, director of the Metal Gear Solid series, "begged" Nintendo to include Solid Snake as playable character in Melee. However, the game was too into development for this to happen, but Snake appears in Brawl.

Soundtrack

  • There exists a re-recorded soundtrack for this game, released solely as a bonus for Nintendo Power readers. It features all of the "arranged" tracks as played in a concert. Unfortunately, the orchestra is poor, and virtually none of the renditions are as good as the ones within the game.
  • The Final Destination's sound track, if you listen closely enough, has some arrangements from the original Smash Bros. theme near the end.

Trophies

A trophy from the Japanese version of the game was removed for the US release: The trophy of Tamagon, a character from the Japanese-only Famicom (NES) title, Devil World was taken out due to the use of the word "Devil" in the game's title. His description read:

Tamagon
This is the main character of a Japanese NES game never released in North America. In this quirky maze game, your goal was to work your way through a series of scrolling mazes while battling the cyclopean henchmen of a large, winged demon. Tamagon not only had to worry about the evil creatures, but also the walls, which were extremely harmful.

Demon World
Japan Only

Some of the trophies have a few oddities when examined up close. The Barrel Cannon trophy reads "2L84ME" on the bottom. The Daisy trophy also has a third eye if you zoom in and rotate until you clip through her hair on the back of her head.

In addition, two trophies were changed for the US release. Topi was changed from a Seal (as he appears in the Japanese version of Ice Climber) to the Yeti-like creature in the Amercian version. The Proximity Mine was also changed from the Perfect Dark version in the Japanese release to the Goldeneye version (which was also used in the original Super Smash Bros.) for the US release with the game title mysteriously labeled "TOP SECRET."

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