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One Of The First. Still The Best. Guy Chapman (2001) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Incomparable Jon Collins (28) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Crack on a 3-inch DVD WizardX (117) unrated
It'll last you a decade. BigJKO (71) 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)! Shoddyan (14313) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
SMASH your opponents to the moon. Da-Flea (33) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
More characters, more levels, and a lot better graphics than the prequel... Jim Fun (243) unrated
Gaming at its finest. Asinine (1006) 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

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.3
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.2
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
Overall User Score (164 votes) 4.2

Critic Reviews

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UOL Jogos (Dec 05, 2001)
Smash Bros. pode não ser o mais complexo jogo, e certamente não tem as sutilezas de um Tekken ou Virtua Fighter, mas sua simplicidade e rapidez, unidos a possibilidade de quatro combatentes simultâneos, o coloca em um patamar diferente. E com essa nova gama de variedades, Melee promete ser um favorito até os últimos dias do GameCube. Esperem só para ver a fase secreta do último personagem secreto e vocês perceberão a engenhosidade da Nintendo.
It's still up for debate as to whether Melee is a better game than it's successor, but for many Nintendo fans the legendary status of this game was confirmed simply by the entertainment and replayability it possesses that have spawned so many happy memories over the years.
100 (UK) (May 23, 2002)
Overall it's an exotic cocktail of entertainment for Nintendo fans, who will slurp up every last drop, and if you want to talk about longevity, I've had this game on import for about six months and I still haven't finished it. People talk about killer apps and games that sell systems, and if you can put aside any preconceptions of this as a kiddie title or a game for beat 'em up virgins only, then you will have one of the finest videogames ever to issue forth from the caring hands of a developer. One to be remembered, and definitely one to own.
Super Smash Bros. Melee is definately the best GameCube game, as well as possibly the best multiplayer game of all time (until the next one, at least). This sequel delivers where the first was weak and is a must for any GameCube owner. Grab a couple controllers, a couple of friends and get ready for hours of fun with this winner.
IGN (Dec 03, 2001)
Released in the United States in 1999, Super Smash Bros. went on to sell over five million copies worldwide. It should be no surprise that Nintendo has zealously readied its sequel Super Smash Bros. Melee for release just shortly after GameCube launch. Originally thought to be a minor upgrade to the original, SSB Melee returns chock full of so many options and features it will make you dizzy. It is easily in an entirely different league than the N64 version and is equally one of the most impressive GameCube titles to date. Unlike the launch titles before it, SSB Melee is polished and nearly perfect for what it is.
games xtreme (Jun 18, 2002)
All in all Smash Bros is an amazing game that should be in every Game Cube owner's games collection.
GamesCollection (Oct 18, 2010)
Se col primo SSB Nintendo pone le timidi basi per questo strano e nuovo brand, con Melee letteralmente esplode in una festa di fuochi di artificio. Fantastico leone di battaglia per il Gamecube, ancora oggi, sa dire la sua. E lo fa garantendo un titolo granitico sotto tutti i punti di vista. Una prova di tutto questo? Ho quasi rotto la custodia a furia di aprirla, tanto c'ho giocato! Vi basta?
Gamezilla (Jan 22, 2002)
For any person who grew up playing these classic Nintendo games, there is going to be little reason they wouldn't enjoy this. With solid gameplay, numerous options, and loads of extras, most will find their money well spent. Even the graphics and audio are impressive, leaving little to be desired. Fans not traditionally interested in fighting games would be hard-pressed to pass this one up.
PGNx Media (May 14, 2002)
SSBM is one of the best games I've seen in a while. The fact that it is for Gamecube only makes it better. the graphics, the sound, and the overall gameplay combine to make it the best it can possibly be.
(Japanese version)
Um die Komplexität von Super Smash Bros. DX wirklich würdig zu Papier bringen zu können, bräuchte es wohl ein eigenes Sonderheft. Nie zuvor gab es in einem einzelnen Prügelspiel so viel zu entdecken wie in diesem. Wer mit der übersichtlichen Zahl an Special Moves leben kann, bekommt einen Fun-Prügler geboten, der wohl über die komplette Lebenszeit des GameCube Spaß machen wird. Dieses Spiel gehört in jede Sammlung!
Unzählige Mehrspielermodi. innovative Solo-Modi, die intuitive Steuerung und die gelungene Integration lieb gewonnener Nintendo-Klassiker machen Super Smash Bros. Melee zu einem einzigartigen Spiel. Hier kommen selbst Prügelspielhasser voll auf ihre Kosten. Und wer gelegentlich mit Freunden vor dem GameCube sitzt, kommt an Super Smash Bros. Melee erst recht nicht vorbei. Nach mehreren 100 Stunden Nintendo-Prügelei können wir dir dieses Spiel nur wärmstens empfehlen - mehr Dauerspaß gibt es höchstens noch bei Tetris!
Gaming Target (Mar 25, 2002)
Super Smash Bros. Melee also sports music and sound effects of the highest calibre, with many tunes being orchestrated versions of old classics. Every track has a unique quality and is either impressive on its own or brings back fond memories of days past, or both. I can assure you that there are not many who will be disappointed with the musical score. Sound effects won’t dissatisfy many either, constantly being executed with perfect timing and always appropriate.
The frontend is overflowing with additional features, but the gameplay hasn’t changed too terribly much. Other than a few new moves and items, the combat formula is identical. Did it need more? Perhaps, but it’s still incredibly addictive and challenging. Just as it was on the Nintendo 64, Super Smash Bros. Melee is wholesomely original, and the most rewarding multiplayer experience available for any console.
Whilst not being GOTY or any other acclaimed title, Melee is certainly a great game that only gets better with the more people you have to play with. If you didn't like the original then, in all fairness, you probably won't like this. If you're into your generic fighting game, then giving Melee a rent first is recommended. If you don't fit into the above categories and you want a game that offers hours of fun and contains just about everything Nintendo related, then I suggest you pick up this game as soon as possible. Melee is now a players choice game so you can pick it up for a steal at just $49.99 - more incentive to grab a copy. One of the best multiplayer games on the market right here, a brilliant title.
Super Smash Bros. Melee is the best multiplayer GameCube has to offer, with plentiful options that will keep you and your friends occupied though to next year. It’s a button-masher in the best sense of the term, and even people not normally interested in fighting games should check it out. While its raison d’etre is multiplayer, soloists can’t ask much more — lots of variety, plenty of bonuses to unlock, and hundreds of beautiful 3D trophies to collect.
Nintendo Difference (Mar 07, 2002)
Pour tout dire, Super Smash Bros. Melee est LE jeu sur GameCube. Je n’ai rien d’autre à dire, allez l’acheter si vous ne l'avez pas encore, c’est simple !
Nintendo Life (Sep 16, 2010)
Even in light of its critically acclaimed sequel, Super Smash Bros. Melee still comes highly recommended, with its relentlessly addictive, well-balanced multiplayer and impressive amount of content. The physics are different enough that even those who mastered Brawl yet missed out on Melee will still have plenty to learn, and its various challenges and single player campaigns are still a blast to play through nine years later. Furthermore, it's a nice reminder that even in a world where online multiplayer often takes the front seat, playing with your buddies in the same room, on the same couch, will always be more rewarding.
Game Freaks 365 (Jan, 2002)
Anyway, the multiplayer mode is very fun if you have human opponents, but with computer opponents, it gets old real fast. The one player modes will last you only as long as it takes you to beat all of them, or, most likely, until you've unlocked everything you can unlock from them. Beyond characters, more arenas can be unlocked and there are also two hundred ninety trophies to get, mostly by luck and patience, although some have to be earned. In conclusion, this is a very fun game, but it is not really worth getting for the single player options. Get this game only if you have a lot of friends to play it with.
This is one game that won't collect dust. However if you buy this game for someone you love, don't expect to see them for a while and before you give it to them, put some ice cubes in the fridge for those sore thumbs.
90 (Jul 23, 2006)
SSBM combines a deep multiplayer experience with a fulfilling single player romp. The game has an enormous amount of charm, and it mixes old school with new school almost seamlessly. Older gamers such as myself will be taken back to the NES days of gaming, while young whippersnappers will find themselves sucked into the excellent mechanics of the game. Either way, you're sure to enjoy SSBM.
GamersMark (Feb 19, 2002)
All in all Super Smash Bros. Melee is the game to have for you GameCube owners. The game lacks in nothing but the fact that there’s 100 other Nintendo charcters that would be great in the game. Some hardcore fighting fans will over look this as a great fighter but this is no regular fighter. It’s in a genre of it’s own. If you have a GameCube you should have this game.
GamePro (US) (Dec 03, 2001)
As with the recent GameCube "update" of Wave Race, you'll immediately notice that Super Smash Bros. Melee's core elements--including characters, moves, levels, rules, and the strictly 2D controls--have been ripped directly from the N64 version and run through the graphical-improvement wringer. Melee, however, goes the extra mile that Blue Storm didn't by including an entire game's worth of new stuff along with all the GameCube-enhanced old. That means there's tons more characters (14 to start with, and nearly a dozen hiding in the shadows), more levels, more secrets, more variety of things to do in single-player mode, more bizarre customization options, and just more absurdist multiplayer cross-genre carnage in general.
GameSpy (Dec 03, 2001)
There is no doubt that Super Smash Bros. Melee is one the top games on the GameCube and will be a huge hit this Christmas. But does it really do that much more than the original N64 title? In terms of design, control and gameplay, it doesn't. Instead, Super Smash Bros. Melee adds, adds and adds some more fun to the already superb original game. The extra attention to detail, characters, sights and sounds are a Nintendo enthusiasts' wet dream.
GameSpot (Nov 30, 2001)
Super Smash Bros. Melee has clearly been designed to appeal, foremost, to Nintendo's die-hard fans. Those who are familiar with the company's long and illustrious history will no doubt enjoy the game much more than the casual passerby. Judged on its own merits, though, Nintendo's spastic tribute to itself stands quite strong as one of the most engaging multiplayer games available for any console platform. Nintendo's last console was especially strong in the multiplayer department, and, if games like Melee are any indication, the GameCube seems like it will be too. Super Smash Bros. Melee is simply a huge game that, while best enjoyed in the company of others, will also keep the lone, die-hard fan busy for a good, long while.
88 (Jul 08, 2002)
Für Nintendo-Fans führt kaum ein Weg an Super Smash Bros. Melee vorbei. Die Motivation wird dank der leichten Steuerung, der abwechslungsreichen Spielmodi, der scheinbar zahllosen Extras und der zu findenden Trophäen auf einem beständig hohen Niveau gehalten. Und den Rest erledigen die 25 Nintendo-Charaktere und der Multiplayer-Modus, der im Vergleich zum Vorgänger in den Hintergrund gerückt ist und der dem Einzelspielererlebnis auch definitiv den Vortritt lassen muss, ohne jedoch an Reiz zu verlieren. Da auch Grafik und Sound in jeder Hinsicht überdurchschnittlich sind, sollte sich jeder, der ein unkompliziertes, aber dennoch permanent motivierendes Spielerlebnis sucht, die Prügeleskapaden einmal anschauen.
85 (Aug 01, 2002)
Hassen oder Lieben, anders geht es nicht. Wer sich prinzipiell nicht mit den Charakteren von Nintendo anfreunden kann oder ein tiefgreifendes Beatem Up sucht, sollte nach einem anderen Titel Ausschau halten. Nostalgiker und unvoreingenommene, die einen ausgezeichneten Multiplayer-Titel suchen, den man auch alleine noch gut spielen kann, sollten sofort zugreifen.
N-Zone (Jul 06, 2003)
Die Entwickler haben einen ausgezeichneten Job gemacht und mit Super Smash Bros. Melee einen würdigen Nachfolger des erfolgreichen N64-Spiels geschaffen. Grafik und Sound sind über jeden Zweifel erhaben und die zahlreichen Geheimnisse sowie der ausgezeichnete Multiplayer-Modus halten monatelang bei Laune. Allerdings bezweifle ich, dass Tekken- und Virtua-Fighter-Fans mit Super Smash Bros. Melee ihre Freude haben werden.
Game Revolution (Dec, 2002)
Although the heart of the game has changed very little, Super Smash Bros. Melee offers enough new modes and characters to be considered a worthy sequel. Fans of the original simply must own it, and I'd recommend newbie Gamecube owners to give it a shot. Even if you hate Pikachu with a passion, take solace in knowing you get to kick his ass a little.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (May 08, 2003)
Spelets grafik råder det delade meningar om. Å ena sidan är den otroligt simpel och påminner mest om ett vässat Nintendo 64-spel. Å andra sidan är det så makalöst snyggt designat med klockrena överföringar av klassiska Nintendo-spel till polygonvärldar. Jag får lov att säga att jag är nöjd, när varje bana dessutom ackompanjeras av klassiska Nintendo-låtar i praktfulla nyversioner är det bara att kapitulera. Det är en pampig upplevelse, helt enkelt. Smash Bros. Melee är absolut inget felfritt spel. Det är ibland frustrerande att enkla saker ska vara så svåra på grund av den ofta dåliga spelkontrollen, likaså innehåller det frapperande mycket småmissar. Men överlag är Smash Bros. Melee ett underbart partyspel som håller riktigt länge. Bra jobbat HAL!
The game has had a fantastic graphic facelift since the Nintendo 64 version. Samus' and Bowser's fire attacks look like they are popping out of the screen and Mute City is so incredibly saturated in colors that players can't help to stop fighting and admire when playing for the first time. All in all, Super Smash Bros Melee will certainly raise the volume of the room as players scream at the TV in elation, frustration, and shock.
The Age (May 30, 2002)
Singleplayer has an Adventure mode that returns to the sidescrolling platform genre. Here, various tasks are set that require stomping the enemy into submission as well as solving puzzles. Singleplayer Classic mode has bonus levels based around beating the clock rather than an angry opponent. Be warned, not all fights are fair - you're more than likely to find yourself suffering an onslaught with an army of opponents attacking your one fighter. Each battle is bound to be a little different, with loads of game modes and the ability to customise the rules. If you want to get really confused, up to 64 entrants can battle at the same time in Tournament mode.
There is very little not to like about this game. It feature characters that are almost as recognizable as Mickey Mouse, and getting players together for some multi-player battles is a priceless experience. The games atmosphere is impeccable and the name Nintendo has never been better represented. The gameplay could be a bit tighter with some more strategy involved, and that seems to be saved for next sequel. Gamers who weren't big fans of the first game may not like the gameplay, though the challenge of collecting all of the trophies and completing challenges that lie before them may just be enough to lure them in.
75 (May 30, 2002)
Difficile de trouver un jeu qui renferme plus de surprises et de bonus à débloquer que ce Super Smash Bros Melee. Le gameplay très particulier de ce titre et son atmosphère naïve rebuteront très certainement la plupart des joueurs, mais les plus jeunes tout comme les inconditionnels de l'univers Nintendo y trouveront un cocktail de fun, de convivialité et de nostalgie que l'on ne trouve dans aucun autre jeu. Si vous êtes un tant soit peu sensible à l'aura de folie qui se dégage de ce titre, préparez-vous à passer de très longues heures devant votre console.
The Video Game Critic (Apr 10, 2008)
The animation is smoother and the graphics are cleaner, but those benefits are offset by larger stages, flashier effects, and a more active camera. The fact that opponents can often work their way back to the platform by continuously jumping on "air" is still one of the dumbest things I've ever seen in a video game. The two Ice Climbers are a tandem that I found incredibly confusing to control. Melee includes a few new solo modes, but the only one I found moderately entertaining was the "event" mode with its list of short challenges. People's enjoyment of Smash Bros. Melee is largely a function of their loyalty to Nintendo, but even casual gamers will find themselves drawn to its slick graphics and simple gameplay.
Diehard GameFan (Feb 21, 2008)
It’s not the best fighting game ever, but propelled into the ranks of a good game through character selection, customization and a fun multi-player experience. If you’re looking for a solid engine or something to challenge you, look elsewhere. SNK vs Capcom: MOTM and Marvel vs Capcom 2 give you almost the same amount of options and fan service, but with a better built engine, so hardcore fighting fans will do better with one of those. SSBM remains one of the best fighting games for people of all skill level and ages though, and it deserves its place as the most popular title on the Game Cube.
Game Critics (Feb 20, 2002)
Overall, Melee is every bit as good as its Nintendo 64 predecessor. The game doesn't expand much past that point, though. In short, if you've played the original Smash Bros., you have a more than adequate idea of what to expect from the GameCube incarnation. Yet, with so many classic Nintendo characters in one place, there's always room for one more round. Consider Melee to be the teddy bear, after it's been cleaned and had the eye sewn back on. It still isn't the coolest toy in the closet, but it does represent something special to gamers willing to admit it.
Netjak (Dec 17, 2001)
Even if Nintendo implemented a gauge for special moves, it still wouldn't subject this to greatness. While I like the concept of "KO'ing" someone; it became frustrating and questionable. How the heck could I get knocked out within seconds of the match. And why the heck do you keep popping back after I spent 10-minutes knocking the crap out of ya? I loved the concept of the game, but it lacked the clockworks that make a game like this truly successful.
Level (Dec, 2002)
Probabil că termenul de comparație pe care-l am de fiecare dată când joc un combat game pe consolă este dat de Tekken, cel care deține supremația. Din păcate, nu am găsit încă un concurent serios pentru acesta.