Game Review #3 – Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

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Hello, and welcome to my third game review. This game is the third in it’s series and there is a new one (or two, depending on how you look at it) coming out soon. Nope, haven’t guessed yet? Well, I am reviewing Super Smash Bros. Brawl. This game, as I said before, was the third in it’s series. The first one was just plain old Super Smash Bros., which was released in 1999 and was for the Nintendo 64. That only had the bare minimum of characters. Then the second was released in 2001, and this was called Super Smash Bros. Melee, and it was for the Nintendo GameCube. This added a few characters, but most of these were not featured in the third game, Brawl. And obviously, the fourth is coming out next year and it has two versions. One for the 3DS and one for the Wii U. Apparently they’re both very different. Back to the subject, here is the review.

Gameplay

Well, it depends what gameplay you mean. There are many different modes, but I am just going to focus on the main two.

The Subspace Emissary

PLOT

There are spoilers, but really I don’t think anyone cares.

This is pretty much the campaign for the game. An evil guy named Tabuu has decided to take over the fictional world, and he is using subspace bombs to do so. He has employed minions to help him and they are Master Hand, Ganondorf, Bowser and Wario. The players have to go through the campaign, but just keep in mind that when a character dies, they turn into a trophy. When you have almost finished the campaign, something devastating happens. Tabuu releases some off waves. You know how I said before that if you die you turn into a trophy? Yeah, off waves kill you. So, throughout the campaign, you have amassed an army, only to have them all killed. Okay, boo hoo, story’s over. But, three characters survive. Now, these aren’t your favourite characters or the best. In fact, I would almost say they are some of the worst characters. You get to play as Luigi, Ness and King Dedede. Now, these characters aren’t bad, but you have to only play as that character, because they are so hard to play as. Only experts play as Ness, and only idiots play as Luigi and King Dedede. No, I’m just joking, but they do suck… Back to the plot, the three survivors go through and get back all the characters and bring them back to life. Once they have saved all the characters, they go through the Great Maze, which is probably the most annoying level in the game I might add, and find Tabuu. Once they find Tabuu, he is about to release another set of off waves. But, just before he does, Sonic stops him. You might be thinking, ‘Where’s Sonic come from?” and you’d be thinking right! I had no idea what was happening at the  time. But after Sonic stops him, you battle him and win and save the universe.

GAMEPLAY

The Subspace Emissary is a bunch of side scrolling levels where you pick stuff up and kill enemies and go through doors. Enough said.

Standard Brawls

In Brawls, there are three modes. They are Stock, Time and Coins. I will explain them all.

STOCK

Stock is pretty much the one that people use the most. Stock is just lives, and you can change how many you start with.

TIME

In time, you get to have a certain amount of time to knock out as many people as you can. When you knock someone out you get +1 and when you die you get -1.

COINS

In my opinion, coins is stupid. When you hit someone, coins are knocked out of them and anyone can get the coins. That’s what sucks. Anyone can get the coins. They should just automatically go to you, but anyway…

Controls

There are two main ways you can control. The other two are not so well known, so I won’t explain them. They are using the Classic Controller and the GameCube controller. The other two ways are just using the WiiMote or use both the WiiMote and the Nunchuck. I prefer using both of them, but just using the WiiMote is probably easier. You hold it sideways and use the arrows to move, 1 and 2 to attack, B for your shield and A to taunt. Using the nunchuck as well, you use the nunchuck to move, Z on the nunchuck to shield, A and B to attack and 1 and 2 to taunt. I like the controls for this game, because there are two ways to play.

Difficulty

This game isn’t very difficult. But that is a good thing because you don’t want something to be so difficult that you are constantly getting game overs. The normal levels when you just defeat relatively easy enemies are good, and the boss battles are kind of difficult, but because they are boss battles that’s okay. The difficulty was really good because I couldn’t just complete the game in a week.

Conclusion

I was only eight or nine years old when this came out and I was kind of excited that I was getting a violent game. Little did I know that I would play much more violent games in the future. And for that reason, this game was one of my favourites, and still is. It was a really good game, but not as good as the Galaxies. Here’s my rating!

RATING: 93%

This game is another essential.