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Super Smash Bros Melee (GC)
Member Name: dannyash91
Super Smash Bros Melee (GC)
Advantages: loads of fun Nintendo characters
Despite this game being on the gamecube which i feel isn't one of Nintendo's best consoles, the game itself is brilliant. It is a follow on from the original version of the fighting game for the N64. The game was released first in 1999 and has sold over 5 million copies wide and has been described as one of the best gamecube games of all time. The game is a major advancement from the original game with many more and improved features, characters and moves.
The general aim of the game is to beat your oppenent in a one on one or sometimes more fight. This is done by using a series of different moves specific to each character and taken from their own games to increase the damage level on your oppenent before blasting them off the stage with a final smash to win the match.
Throughout the game there are different gameplay settings so that each time you play it is never the same twice and you can always play the way you want to.
It's very rare that a developer outdoes itself, but HAL has done just that with Super Smash Bros. Melee. Upon booting it up you will see basic options including a single-player mode and versus mode. At first glance it appears to be very similar to the N64 version with a larger selection of characters and more levels, but as you peel back the surface you will find an overwhelming amount of features and options. There is so much that deserves recognition it's hard to sum up in our review, but that's not going to keep us from trying.
On the Nintendo 64, Smash Bros. was primarily a multiplayer game. If you could gather four friends together there were hours and hours of entertainment awaiting to be had. The single-player wasn't bad, but it was fairly straightforward and lacked depth and variety. HAL immediately recognized this and has given Smash Bros. fans everything they could ever want and more with the single-player mode in the sequel. The main modes are Adventure and Classic. Classic mode is a more fleshed out version of the original single-player mode. You move from arena to arena fighting a semi-random set of characters until you reach the final boss. Interleaved between the fights are bonus stages such as Break the Targets, Race to the Finish, and the all-new challenge that has players attempting to knock falling trophies into a container in the center of the ring. Indeed it feels very classic and true to the N64 version.
In an attempt to give lone players more to chew on Nintendo has created the Adventure mode, which is definitely a retro gamer's dream come true. Basically this mode combines side-scrolling exploration with arena fights. Everything falls under a specific theme, so you'll pounce on Goomba's heads and perform lots of platform jumping to reach Princess Peach's Castle (taken from Super Mario 64), where you will have to duel with Mario and Princess Peach to advance forward. As you progress you'll explore a dungeon from Zelda, race out of the self-destructing Planet Zebes, and fight over the Green Greens of Kirby's Dreamland. It still has plenty of arena based fighting, but the exploration and platforming aspects are a refreshing departure from the more limited Classic mode. There are not unique adventures for each playable character, however. Every character advances through the same set of areas and faces the same final boss (different from Classic mode).
Taking a closer look at these modes you'll notice that HAL has a bonus points system that gives you awards for everything imaginable. Didn't fall the entire match? Rock Steady: 3000 points. Accidentally let go of a level edge and fell? Cliff Diver: 500 points. Finished with 3:33 minutes on the clock? Lucky Threes: 3330 points. You name it and you can get bonus points for it. There are hundreds of these bonuses and you'll constantly be seeing new ones as you replay the adventure mode.
There are 26 playable characters in the game some of whom are locked at the begining and have to be unlocked by playing through the game and defeating them when they challenge you. The characters are from a collection of the best Nintendo games ranging from Mario to Pokemon. This is the Character list:
Mr Game and Watch
1. A cast of 14 famous Nintendo characters and 11 hidden fighters for a total of 25 franchise fighters.
2. The single-player mode provides an old-school side-scrolling adventure which is alot of fun.
3. Classic arena-by-arena single-player mode
4. Hidden single-player mode for Smash experts
5. Unique Event Match mode lets players fight in objective-based situations
6. Stadium mode includes Target Test, Home-Run Contest, and Multi-man Melee
7. Practice combos and explore the items list in Training mode
8. Fighting engine allows for all-out four-player mayhem on the same screen
9. Versus mode features is filled to the brim with options and special features
10. Fight in 18 available arenas and unlock a plethora of secret arenas
11. Special Melee mode allows for Giant-size Melees, Slo-motion melees, and much more
12. Slick graphics engine displays high-polygon characters at 60 frames per second (it was good when first made so don't complain)
13. Stunning audio includes orchestrated tracks of your favorite Nintendo classics and other high-quality beats
14. tournament mode lets you custom create your own SSB playoffs with friends
15. Enter your name and keep track of how many times you've KO'ed friends and foes
16. An uncountable amount of statistics tracks Vs. records, bonus records, and many more
17. Buy trophies of classic Nintendo characters and items
18. Take snapshots of matches in Camera Mode and save your favorites to memory card
19. Records archive keeps track of exactly what time and date you unlocked secrets
20. One to four players
Overall the game is fun for all ages and is the kind of game you can dip in and out of when you want. I play this game loads as it is so good and i know many others who feel the same. The even better news is that there is another new version coming out for the Wii in the next month but i highly recommend that you play this game first although it is not essential.
Summary: have a Gamecube or Wii buy this game for hours of fun