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Features a slew of Nintendo all-stars including Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Kirby, Yoshi. Fight in familiar Nintendo landscapes from Donkey Kong's jungle to Link's Zelda universe. See your old favorites as never before on the GameCube.

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      10.06.2011 17:42
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      Utter brilliance. Probably the Gamecube's best title.

      Super Smash Bros Melee is, quite simply, one of the stand-out titles on the Gamecube. It's a single-screen cartoon-style brawler with a simple, but addictive gameplay mechanism: playing one of dozens of popular Nintendo characters, you must fight against up to 3 other human opponents and try and bounce them out of the arena.

      Melee is designed as a multi-player game and it's there that it works best. Although there is a single player Quest option and the chance to battle against computer controlled opponents, I've never found this to be much fun, so it needn't detain us here. Playing it as multiplayer game though is fantastic. This is a definite party game and the more human players you can round up the better. There's no online mode, but that works in the game's favour as getting everyone crowded around the TV in the same room makes for a far better atmosphere. It's massively satisfying to smack your opponent out of the arena and hear the person next to you groan in frustration. Whenever you play this game, you can guarantee that there will be lots of banter going to and fro as you gloat, moan and remonstrate with the people sitting around you.

      The multi-player mode will soon bring out the competitive instincts in even the most placid of people, something which also makes the game incredibly addictive. If you win a battle, you will instantly offer your opponent a rematch in the hope of rubbing their face in it with another victory; they will demand a rematch to give them an opportunity for revenge. I've lost count of the number of times I have sat down with this game intending to play for half an hour or so, only to look up and realise several hours have passed!

      Graphics are very, very good. The various Nintendo characters are all instantly recognisable (assuming you already know who they are of course!), full of life and easy to keep track of on screen. They are of impressive size and very well-animated, really capturing the personality of the individual characters. The arenas in which the battles take place are similarly impressive. Taken from locations used in other Nintendo Games they provide both a huge amount of variety and will bring a blast of nostalgia for Nintendo fans. The graphics are all big, bright and colourful and will provide instant appeal to gamers of all ages.

      Sound, too, is fantastic. An over-the-top, bombastic tune plays over the title screen and each location has its own catchy little tune which you'll soon find yourself humming or whistling along to. Sound effects are also excellent with loud explosions, meaty thumps or slaps and various other quirky sound effects appropriate to that location. Whilst speech is limited, it is used effectively and the shout of "Melee!" at the start of each battle still sends a shiver up my spine. This is simply one of those games where the graphics sound and setting work perfectly together to immerse the player(s) in the gaming world.

      One of the reasons Melee works so well is down to the beautifully balanced gameplay. Each player will have their favourite character that suits their style of play. For example, I refuse to play as anyone other than Donkey Kong. I'm not the most subtle of people, so DK's Gorilla-in-a-China-Shop approach appeals to me. However, no single player can gain an unfair advantage based on the character they choose, because each has their strengths and weaknesses. Some (like Donkey Kong) are quite slow, but they are stronger and can inflict and sustain more damage. Others (such as Pikachu) are smaller, faster and hard to catch. This means they can dart in and out and inflict damage on the bigger players, but if they are cornered are likely to suffer. This means that each player has to adapt both their defensive and offensive strategy according to the character chosen by the other combatants.

      The various locations also balance out the gameplay. Some are very open and suit the larger characters that can remorselessly chase after their opponents and pummel them into submission; others are platform-based, which will suit the smaller, faster characters that can use hit-and-run tactics to score quick points.

      Almost inevitably, the game also features a massive range of power-ups which further add to the frantic pace of the game. Some power-ups are weapons, such as a gun which can be used to inflict damage on opponents from a distance; others grant you temporary powers like invincibility. All of these can be used to give you an edge in the heat of battle and some can inflict massive damage on your hapless opponent. This means that when they appear, they prompt a made scramble amongst all the players to be the first to reach it. This increases the already intense competitive element and you will find yourself visibly crowing or groaning, depending on who reaches the power-up first.

      This is all backed up by solid well thought-out controls which quickly become intuitive. Each character shares the same basic moves, all accessed in the same way, making it possible to switch easily between different characters if you wish to. Each character also has their own special moves, accessed via different combinations of buttons. Whilst the exact combination differs from character to character (listed in the instruction manual), they are pretty easy to work out and half the fun of trying a new character is discovering their special moves and what they do.

      All these elements combine to create a game which is accessible and appealing even to those who don't normally enjoy computer games. The well-balanced gameplay, ability to choose a character that suits your style, well-balanced controls and skill-levelling use of pick-ups means that it doesn't matter whether you are an experienced gamer or a newbie; you can still have a fair fight in which you have a reasonable chance of winning.

      The game also features a whole series of unlockable features to discover too, including new characters, trophies and even mini-games. These are unlocked via achieving various milestones such as playing a certain number of games or winning a set number of battles etc. The best unlockables, though, are the mini-games or bonus features tied to particular characters. Sometimes this might be the ability to listen to the music from past games which featured that character but for some characters (Link for example), you can even unlock a small playable chunk of one of their previous adventures. This is great stuff and adds a surprising amount of depth.

      Although the two games are very, very similar, I'd actually say that Super Smash Bros. Melee is better than its Wii equivalent Super Smash Bros Brawl. The Wii game, is excellent but a little lazy since it didn't really develop any new ideas from this version. As such, Melee actually feels fresher and more fun. Given that you can play this on either Gamecube or the Wii, I'd recommend picking this up in preference to Brawl. It's not particularly tricky to track down second hand, it's slightly cheaper than the updated version and a touch more fun.

      (c) Copyright SWSt 2011

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        06.03.2011 01:13
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        Simply the best fighting game I have ever played and everyone should play this!

        Why do I praise Super Smash Bros. Melee so much for the Gamecube? I do because quite frankly it is the BEST game ever made and in this review I shall explain exactly why!

        The original Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64 took the world by storm, by putting Nintendo's best known characters into a 2d four player free-for-all fighting game, that was easy to play and tough to master! The fact that Shigeru Miyamoto (the legendary creator of some of Nintendo's biggest franchises ie Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong) has worked on Melee shows you the level of commitment Nintendo has put into this Franchise! If you have a Gamecube, you have this game! Its a simple as that!

        Here is the follow-up to the original masterpiece, bettering it in every way from the gameplay to the graphics to the new characters! I know it is 2011 now and the game was released back in 2002, however this game hasn't aged one bit and is every single bit as enjoyable in 2002 as it is now! It is also far superior to Super Smash Bros. Brawl that was released recently, since Brawl removes many of the advanced techniques that were present in Melee (for instance L-cancelling and wave-dashing)!

        Firstly there is so much to do in this game, you will be playing it for years, from trying to beat your last score in 'hit the targets' games to trying to find every trophy to have in your collection!

        The main singleplayer elements of the game is the 'Adventure' mode. This allows you to progress through many of the characters signature levels for instance the dungeons from the Legend of Zelda games to the Mushroom Kingdom stage in Super Mario Bros. The stages are populated with enemies from each game such as the Goombas from Super Mario Bros. and Zombies from the Legend Of Zelda series. Having managed to get through every stage, the final battle is inevitably 'Master Hand', a nasty opponent that has a large amount of moves up his sleeve (oh wait he doesn't have one)!

        As well as adventure mode, you have the 'Classic' mode. This is the basic go from stage to stage defeating one (or teams of weak) characters in order to progress! At the end you again battle Masterhand! In between you have bonus stages that give you the chance to collect trophies etc.

        Event based matches are another edition. These are specified events with certain criteria (such as knocking out a single character first), or with character having particular attributes (a metal Mario or giant Bowser) for instance! Completion of each event unlocks another and each keeps getting harder and harder! The later ones are a serious challenge!

        'Target Test' is another mode where each character has a different pre-set stage and they must smash the targets in the quickest time possible! This is interesting and again quite a challenge.

        'Home-run contest' provides the player with the character they choose a bat. They then need to use this bat and hit the pin cushion as hard as possible (and before the time elapses) to knock it as far away as possible!

        There are other modes that can be unlocked, but which I shall not spoil here!

        Multiplayer however is why you will be coming back to this game again and again. Taking stages from all the Nintendo character present in the game, you will be fighting on Corneria (from Star Fox), Pokefloats (from Pokemon), Mushroom Kingdom (battling on the castle itself) from Super Mario Bros. and many more!
        The 'Y' and 'X' buttons are used to jump and 'A' and 'B' are used to attack. 'L & R' are used for shielding (yes each character has a limited amount of shields that they can use to stop attacks' and the 'C' stick is used for pre-smash attack moves. The 'A' button is the standard smash attacks for each character and can be temporarily charged up to provide a bigger punch. Each character also has 5 special moves that are assigned to the 'B' button and also a direction on the analogue stick. These range from Bowser using his fire breath to a butt-stomp attack to Captain Falcon using his Falcon Punch and Falcon Kick!
        4 Players can fight simultaneously on one stage and AI players can be assigned if you don't have enough friends round! Items are also included in the game and they range from characters using bob-oms to laser swords, to fire flowers and more!

        In total the game packs 26 characters to choose from. Initially 15 are available with the rest being unlocked through different means!The characters range from Legend of Zelda favourites Link and Zelda, to Pikachu and Samus to Fire Emblem warriors Roy and Marth! There is a great selection of characters and everyone will have at least one favourite included in the roster!

        As well as gameplay, music is provided from all of the characters' games. This includes the 'Planet Corneria' tune from Star Fox to 'Yoshi's Story' with a lot of great sounds of the game's own such as the 'Smash Bros. Great Medley'! Simply superb fan service!

        The graphics really are a massive step up from the original Smash Bros. and demonstrate the power and capability that the Gamecube has nicely!

        If you don't have this game you are massively missing out! If you have a Wii, go buy this and 4 Gamecube controllers and it will be money well spent!

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          03.09.2009 21:44
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          Simply fantastic

          Super Smash Bros. Melee is a superb game that's a remake of the original Super Smash Bros. game on the Nintendo 64. Like the previous game, it takes characters from Nintendo's most famous gaming franchises, such as The Legend of Zelda and Mario, and pits them against each other in arena-based combat, where the goal is to use the environment, your own special abilities, and the weapons on the map to send the other players flying into oblivion.

          As per the previous game, you have a percentage bar that begins at 0% and climbs up as you are dealt damage. Once you get past 100%, it doesn't take very much for you to get killed, and if you manage to make it past 150%, you must have very good evasive skills! Upon being smashed off of the map, you'll see an animation in the background of your character skyrocketing away in rather hilarious fashion.

          Although it's enjoyable enough as a single player experience, there's really nothing quite like the multiplayer offering - it is extremely satisfying to play with three friends, with a pack of beers each, as you attempt to, as...Pikachu...beat the living daylights out of...Luigi. It's a very unconventional type of game for Nintendo, and particularly for most of the characters in the game, but it is precisely for this reason that it works so well - the characters have been given a lot of thought, particularly with regard to their moves and power-ups, and there have been no corners cut in ensuring that they look, feel, and fight authentically.

          If you've ever wanted to pit Samus from Metroid against Princess Peach, then now is your chance - with the utterly chaotic mayhem of a 4-player battle, fun is guaranteed. It's very easy to get to grips with, and you only need to know a few buttons to be able to win the game - it's designed with ease of use and accessibility as its primary concern, and as far as game remakes go, this is among the very best. A visually appealing, immaculately designed game with some of the very best multiplayer on a console.

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          23.08.2009 13:40
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          An excellent Nintendo fighting game!

          Super Smash Brothers Melee is a fighting game for the Gamecube developed by Nintendo.

          This game doesn't have much of a story mode, the closest you get is the Adventure mode where you journey through some levels which include the Mushroom Kingdom! There are other single player modes to play like Classic mode where you go through a series of fights and Challenge mode where you complete challenges.

          The game has a whole bunch of your favourite Nintendo characters to play as including the iconic plumber Mario, Link the hero of Time, Luigi Mario's trimmer brother, Pikachu the electric mouse Pokemon, Zelda the princess with the deadly doppelganger, Bowser king of the Koopas and Marios greatest enemy, Peach ever the damsel in distress, Mewtwo the psychic Pokemon, Samus the hero from the Metroid games, and many more you probably wont know including Roy a guy with a fire sword and Ness a psychic kid with a yoyo!

          If ever you wanted to see who would win in a matchup between your favourite Nintendo characters or just give Bowser a pounding with Peach to set him straight this is a game you will love!

          Each character has their own unique moves mapped to the B button and you can do up to four different unique moves, you can also do melee attacks and dodges along with more powerful Smash attacks. You get 0% damage when the game starts but as you fight you will gain damage which will up your percentage, 100% does not mean you will die however you will just be a lot easier to knock off the stage which is how you win the game.

          The action in this game is so fast paced and frantic that you will not be able to play without a stupid grin on your face, it is supremely satisfying to blast people off the stage and watch as they hit the camera or fall away into the distance! There are also a ton of insane pick ups from giant guns, magic wands, power stars, to the hammer which sends everybody flying as you charge at them waving it like a madman! The multiplayer battles in particular are a blast as you team up with friends or even take them on!

          Graphics are excellent with detailed characters and environments you will recognise from various Nintendo games.

          Super Smash Brothers Melee is great, I'd even go as far as saying it's one of the most fun games you will ever play!

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            08.06.2009 06:37

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            i love this game to pieces one the best things i ever got

            If you have a gamecube you should have this game no matter what,
            the graphics were good, the gameplay excellent an the number of characters is really good. Though it came out in 2003 it is a classic and one of the best games ever.

            You find yourselves playing on this game for countless hours as the fun starts with all kinds of modes on offer such as classic, adventure and all stars. Then you have home run contests and trophys to earn. Over 300 trophies in fact, its got soo much to be played for. This game has also got the best multiplayer for 4 people you will never get bored. Furthermore on top of tha tis the number of options such as giant and quick battles, sudden death matches will keep you entertained for many many hours.

            The game includes a target practise mode, where you have to break the targets in an increasingly deifferent setting for each character, and also harder. It's great fun.

            Then there is also the brawls where you have to either defeat a certain number of character as quick as you can, or and endless one where you have to take down as many as you can in obviously an unlimited amount of time. They are generally on a harder difficulty making it hard to get past a 5 with some characters.

            There are 25+ characters some of which need unlocking and ll have completely different move sets making it a wonder to play with each character.

            The main game modes include the clacssic, adventure and all star modes. The all star mode is where you must fight through all the characters in the game in differing situations. The classic mode is similar to any other classic style mode in other fighting game. With 10 stages as you would expect. Much more arcade styled fights. Then there is the adventure mode. My personal favourite. I plays like a 2-D scrolled game, like mario, but with all kinda of enimes and at the end of some stages you get boss fights. Some ranging from characters on super hard difficulties, and other including 20 mini versions of characters to kill. Great fun when you include all the other bits of the adventure where you have to manouvere the levels. Great times.

            In short get this game as it has all the features to make it a brilliant addition for anyone to own.

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            21.07.2008 18:46
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            Mario Zelda Link Samus Kirby Captain Falcon

            Finally the game to kill that annoying Princess Peach, or defend her or just kill everyone in this awesome fighting game to literally slaughter any character, or, just kill yourself.
            You can eventually unlock new game modes and characters as well as play as them in a melee in any stage, or unlock new ones.
            There is the basic 1-P mode with a Adventure mode and a Normal mode, and don't forget the unlockable mode.
            This game is cool that you can vs your friends in a melee with up to 4 players!
            You can do different types of melees like one with health.
            Or can you chose to have power ups that can range from little flowers to bob-ombs to blow up your friends ...........................or your foes!
            This game is cool for any Mario, Zelda, Samus fans, or just anyone!
            So if you got a Gamecube get this absolutely awesome game!

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              10.03.2008 19:51
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              A really fun multiplayer game that also features a huge single player

              This game is loads of fun and perhaps the most exciting multiplayer game. However, I have also had many injuries whilst playing this game. This is because it is so tense and aggravating when you lose on sudden death, hell breaks lose! I don't know if this is just me, but I always used to attack my brother (as he attacked me) when one of us lost. Wow. Sudden death is just terrifying!

              This game is like an arcade fighter in a way but a bit different. There are many different levels that you fight around with different themes from other Nintendo games such as the Temple level from Zelda or Rainbow Road from the Mario Kart games. The levels are all very different and much fun in different ways. Some of them are moving levels, whereas others are stationary. The levels are all quite small, although some are a bit larger. This gives you a confined space to fight in, making it all the more tense!

              There are also loads of your favourite Nintendo characters to use as well as others! This game features Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Samus, Princess Peach, Zelda, Fox, Falcon, Kirby, Pikachu and more! There are also many characters to unlock when you face them in an event in the one player. You must defeat them when they 'appear' and you will then unlock them. Each character uses the same basic moves such as punches, kicks and grabs with the same buttons used to perform these. However from there onwards, you can perform unique moves for your character. For example, Link can grab someone with his chain and then hit them in any direction with his sword. However, Donkey Kong can grab someone and then put them on his back, walk to the edge of the level and throw them off! All the characters have their own abilities, strengths and weaknesses, but I feel there are still weaker characters in the game such as Ness.

              There are loads of different modes in the one player including a target smash, where you have to use all your jumping and attacking powers to smash through the 10 targets. There are loads of different levels for this. There are also 59 event matches, which are pretty fun. For example, you may have to stop someone from being killed by defeating the enemy. There are loads of multiplayer options too. You can even make it sudden death so that when the game starts, you are both very weak. The weaker you are, the further you go flying, and you need to hit the other player off the map. The health is represented as a percentage. The higher this percentage is, the weaker you are and you all NORMALLY start on 0%, unless you configure the options and change this.

              The graphics and sound are very good. Each level has plenty of vivid colours in them and the characters have been worked on greatly to look of high quality. The sound in the game is brilliant as a load of your favourite sounds will be present from other Nintendo games. Sounds from characters when they perform certain moves are also heard, and they are very realistic. This is because the game is made by Nintendo and so can copy the original speech sounds and music from other games and characters.

              Overall, it is a great game and can provide much fun and has a good replay value. You can buy it for around £19.99, and it has retained this reasonable price because it is such a good game. With the recent release of Super Smash Brothers Brawl, I think that game is going to be the best-selling of the year. It is an extremely popular game, just as this Gamecube version, because it is just really fun and addicting!

              Thanks for reading,

              - Recon -

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                10.07.2007 22:23

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                great game to buy, and well worth the money!!

                This game is a great multiplayer game which you can play adventure mode , which is like a game level e.g. Mario level or legend of Zelda level. You make your way through multiple levels defeating all stars which are the level bosses. In classic mode you fight a character in each mode, and through the mode you can get trophies which you can view in the gallery. You can also unlock loads more characters, and during game play you can use funny items like poke balls, hammers and baseball bats. This game also has all star mode which you have to unlock. In that mode you verse every character with limited amount of health. This game also lets you play multiplayer. You can make teams, and use you selected items and settings in you chosen place. This game has great graphics and great sound and music quality. Once you pick up the controller you won't be able to put it down. This is a great party game with little disadvantages and simple moves- WELL WORTH BUYING!!

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                06.10.2006 00:29

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                its the best nintendo game ever created in this whole wide world. But sometimes its only fun if you can play with like 64 people in tournament!!!Well my review 5/5 stars yeah!!!

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                19.04.2006 22:47
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                Can either be a challenge or a bit of fun

                I bought this game mainly because it has playable characters from Zelda, Mario and Donkey-Kong. When it first came out, I could only play in in shops that allowed you to try games out, and after playing it for only a few minutes I found it addictable and really wanted to buy it.

                The game is a fighting game with a wide selection of characters from different Nintendo game series, so it should appeal to fans of games such as Metroid Prime and the Legend of Zelda series. It even has characters from older games who have been updated for the game. My personal favourite character is Princess Zelda, as this is the only game (so far) where she has been a playable character. A feature I really like about this game is the ability to change the colour of the character's clothes that you choose. With Peach, you can even change her to look like Princess Daisy.

                Once you have decided on your favourite character, you can either play against computer players in different melees or you can try different challenges and tournaments. The game can also be played as a multiplayer with up to four people.

                With the melees, you choose which battle arena you want to fight in, and then you fight the other players to determine the winner. Each character has their own attributes and abilities eg. Link can use the Hookshot and a Bow and Arrows.

                The arenas feature places from various games, including the Great Bay in Termina from Majora's Mask (Zelda) and Peach's Castle from the Super Mario series. There are also a lot of different types of melees to choose from, such as the Giant Melee where all players are giant sized.

                There is a one player mode where you progress through different stages, fighting other characters and completing challenges such as breaking targets in a limited amount of time. Classic and Adventure are the two versions of this which you start the game with, and each one will give you a trophy of the character you completed the course as.

                Tropies are not only collected of the characters you play as though. There are tropies of items, characters, places and things from many different Nintendo games. Each trophy has a description which tells you about it, and I still like to go through mine and read them. These tropies include the Moon from Majora's Mask, a Bob-omb from Super Mario series and a Klaptrap, which was an enemy from the Donkey-Kong series. However, these are names of only a few of the trophies found. Altogether, there are 290 of them to collect.

                When playing in melees you can change the difficulty level of you opponent(s) to make it easy or much more challenging. To actually complete the one player modes does get diffcult at times, and a more challenging mode is one where you complete challenges which will gain you access to more of them or unlock characters, such as Ganondorf.

                The game is great fun to play with friends, or alone, and it can also be very challenging. I still haven't managed to unlock all the characters or collect all the trophies. The wide selection of characters to play as from the start means you can try out characters that were previously never playable in other games, such as Zelda.

                I recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of the game series used in it, and also to anyone who likes fighting games. It can either be fun or a difficult challenge, there's a lot of variety when it comes to this gane.

                I bought my copy new for about £20, but it's gone down in price to about £17 new. If you do a search you'll probably find it even cheaper. Used copies are much cheaper.

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                19.01.2006 21:18
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                Super Smashin Brothers? Yes

                My 22nd review, and i'm now going to take a small step for dooyoo, but a large step for me, by wiping out my 'somewhat useful' review from my dooyoo page and what better way to do this than with my speciality-games. This is an old game, yes, but with my gamecube's 1st birthday coming up, it is new enough to me. I love this game, even though i'm not big on all of the nintendo characters so read on and be amazed by my reviews getting better and my wisdom for games. You might remember a version of this game of the N64, but this is better. Read on

                Made by Nintendo, in 2001, 2002. On gamecube and takes up 11+ blocks (snapshots take up more). Age is 3+.

                For any of you who have never heard of super smash brothers must not be into games at all. It is basically a fighting game that includes all of the all-stars of nintendo, but of course, what will that mean to you if you are not a nintendo fan.

                However, this is fighting of a different sort,because it is serious, yet cartoony at the same time. You have the heroic music in the background, andyou are fighting as Link, hero of Time, so it has got to be serious, but, wait a minute, you are fighting Pikachu from the Pokemon series, so its not all that serious. However, Link is in Soul Calibur 2 on gamecube, but Mario isn't, so get this instead, because this is a truly A-listed all-star celebrity cast. You will know most of these character's even if no Nintendo system is in your home.

                Welcome to this special cast, for they are not like the godly Sony, and the god-awful Microsoft, for these do not appear on rival consoles (because they're all made by nintendo). Some of these have to be unlocked.

                Mario-From the Mario games obviously, world famous-has tens of games out, such as Mario Tennis and Mario Sunshine.

                Luigi-Mario's brother, in Luigi's Mansion, like a clone of Mario nearly, but with differnt clothes and a bit thinner.

                Pikachu, Pichu-Pokemon characters, electric type.

                Bowser- Mario's slow but powerful fire-breathing enemy.

                Peach-Princess.

                Yoshi-small green dinosaur that craps out eggs.

                Donkey Kong, likes to live in the jungle, a monkey who has his own bongo's game.

                Captain Falcon-bounty Hunter.

                Fox McCloud- from StarFox games.

                Ness-Never in an English game before.

                Ice Climbers-From very early Nintendo consoles

                Kirby-a puffball who can float through the sky and suck in enemies to ditto their powers.

                Samus-space warrior, has weapons.

                Zelda/Sheik, Link, Young Link- From the Legend of Zelda, link has his weapons, Zelda has her magic.

                Ganondorf-Baddie in The Legend Of Zelda series with power and magic

                Those are the ones i like to play with, there is also (for you nintendo fans) Falco the falcone, Mewtwo the pokemon,Marth, Roy and the very hard to unlock Mr Game and Watch.

                Basically, the point of the game is to complete the game in different modes with characters, to unlock more characters, then you do more with the unlocked and fight for hours to unlock Mr Game and Watch, which you'll complete various things with them within half hour and complete the game, wondering why you felt the need to unlock the final ones and give up on your social life.

                There is a huge lifespan on this (With the one on Revolution-new console spanning to online whoop-ass battles). I dont want to sound like the manual, but you might like to know what you can do if you buy the game. Here are the modes:

                One player-Classic, and Adventure. Here you fight through various stages, various times versing enemy after enemiy after mini enemies and large enemies, with the difficulty level and amount of lives you choose (both from 1-5 llives andf difficulty levels which can be sperate E.g. You can play on Very Hard level 5 with one life). Then you verse a giant hand that looks like bongo bongo out of the Ocarina of Time game. Beat him and you get credits, which you can shoot to see how many hitsa you can get (mine is 97 in one go, beat it if you dare and post it too me.) The only difference is, is the events. One you can race the ice climnbers up a mountain and get to the end of a course without cars hitting you. In Adventure you get to fing trophies and get as far as you can to a door within the time limit. As far as i know, classic mode is from the classic game. :)

                There is also an event match. You start off with ten events, and when you do most of them, another 5 comes up. This varies from matches with Ganondorf to battles with pokeballs. Do all 50 though (real challenge) asnd 1 more pops up wher you verse some tough cookies!. A giga bowser and a mewtwo and more.
                There are also stadium events, like whacking a sandback, smashing and finding out how to reach targets and training. There are also melee modes, where you have to verse multiple enemies (10, 100, 3 minutes worth, 15 minutes worth, endless melee and cruel melee with tough enemies.)

                in 2 player mode you can verse each other or computers and see who wins.

                Now on to the coins-you get them for beating enemies-especially in coin battles and but trophies with them in a machine. You can't choose which you'll get though so getting over 500 (i think) will take time. You also earn trophies by completing missions & events. If you've read me previous spiderman review, you will know that i hate collecting items-as they don't make the game long. This is generally fun though, because it gives you a descpition of what the trophy is about, whether it be characters or weapons. Also, since there are so many modes within modes (like settings that dramatically changed gameplay-small or large characters etc.) it is pretty easy to earn money.

                I like weapons, and think police should have them in the street, but you will never see them have lightsaber like swords, bats, rayguns and ,more, including pokeballs where pokemon come out and do one attack, like fireballs shooting at the enemy).

                When you do complete everything, you also get amode too, but i haven't managed to get all of the characters yet, all's i know is that is is a bit similar to the classic/Adventure mode, and here is why.

                The bad side to the game (and the only one i can really think of) is character unlocks. I will only tell you one-mewtwo. You either play 700 verse matches, or play on verse mode for 20 hours straight, win, and verse him, you winand you get him, you lose and oh no, you do it all over again. However, nintendo is blackmailing here because i don't really have a gamecube loving family, so with one controller it takes me 20 hours. With 2 controllers, its 10 hours, 3 controllers it is 7.5 (which i now have) and 4 controllers means only 4 hours starigh (about). This is why ican't get half of the characters. You play in event mode, and i am level 30, and have completed 27 or 28 events, which is enough. however, in the next 5 events, mewtwo is playable, so you need to unlock him/it to carry on in that mode. in event 37, pichu is unlockable (so i can't get him) andyou have to vomplete game with all characters to get Mr game and watch, soi i'm stuck until i stay in long enough to be able to watch over my gamecube with it on for 8 hours (not healthy) to hopefully unlock him, because i don't trust my precious console on with no supervision.

                Altogether buy this game if you have a gamecube because it is an all-star competition, who will take your fancy?. But if you really need all characters, prepare for the sacrifice of more money on controllers and time watching over it.

                P.S.-Over the weekend i completed the game and have decided to add a little to my review, so here goes.

                I have unlocked all of the characters by leaving my console on for a while, which does not have to be in one go to unlock mewtwo. To unlock him, you have to have 20 hours of combined play in vs. mode, but the time is goes faster depending on how many controllers are plugged in. The final characters are nothing special but are still an accomplishment. Mr Game & watch is fun to verse but not an excellent character.
                Stopped playing the game since i completed it-just got all them characters for no reason now

                All-Star mode is the unlocked mode where you verse every single character, sometimes in two's. I recommend unlocking this because it really shows your abilities against opponents, especially if it is on a harder mode.

                In a shop (& online) this game shoulds set you back about £10-
                £15

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                  30.11.2005 11:40
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                  Gamecube owners buy this now. All of you.

                  I'm used to facing off against PS2 owners with silly criticisms of the Gamecube being a children's console etc. HOWEVER...I challenge any Playstation owner to beat me at what I would describe as one of the most complex, enjoyable and challenging fighting games ever made.

                  The gameplay of SSBM (Super Smash Bros. Melee for the sake of saving me RSI!) is fast, fluid, satisfying, but most of all....easy to pick up and learn. The learning curve is fantastic, enabling complete novices to jump straight into the fray and start battling it out. At higher levels, complex combos are available, requiring some skill to carry them out.

                  The controls are absolute heaven, mainly down to the pleasing layout of the Gamecube controller. The arrows move and the massive green "A" button is strike. Without knowing any other buttons, a player could quite easily fight a match and win, such is the simplicity of the control system. There are also jump (and double-jump) buttons, a "special" button, a shield button and a mode button. These in turn all have basic functions and some, when linked, provide devastating combo attacks and special moves. The controls are easy to pick up, and with the right amount of effort put in, easy to master. What's most satisfying about them though, is the feeling that you are completely in control of the character. You never have the sensation of "button-bashing" and when you're watching the battles played out on-screen, there's an amazing feeling of knowing exactly what's going on.

                  Graphics are also somewhat of a discussion spot between the aforementioned PS2 and GC owners. While this game doesn't offer graphics featuring the gritty realism *cough* of PS2, it does more than supply what's needed on the visual front. Beautifully rendered 3D models that look good up-close, and superb from a distance, many of which do not even have that detailed texturing, yet still look great (such is the detail with which they have been created). Particularly notable is Pikachu, who is simply the colour yellow with shading. Zoom in close and you'll see perfect smooth edges and a beautiful rounded shape to him...no blockiness at all!

                  The sound is also much more than functional here. This is mainly down to the choice of music though, something that will provoke more than a little nostalgia in Nintendo fans. Full orchestral versions of music from Zelda, a heavy choral Pokemon tune and the Donkey Kong rap (oh yes, it's true!) make their way into the appropriate levels, adding some atmosphere, humour, and reminding you of the gaming legacy of the people who made this game. Some odd character noises in place, and some repetitive voice acting, but it's still all quite fitting. (I do get tired quite quickly of Captain Falcon's "FALCON PUUUNNCCHH" yell!)

                  While there is a good variety of single player options available, I had the impression that single player was really quite a limited mode, and one mainly designed for training. The real fun is multiplayer. Nothing quite beats the feeling of kicking your friend into the air 3 times, waiting for him to fall to the floor and then mega-punching him off the side of a cliff...and the game's not bad either! No only kidding. For anyone who's a Matrix fan, or likes comic book superheroes, this is possibly the closest you'll get to re-enacting some of the epic fights you may be fans of. Mid-air clashes, dodging, kicks, punching, grappling - it's all there. Great for taking out your pent-up angst!

                  Overall this game is a must for any GC owners. If you're ever likely to have 1 or more people over, and have the required controllers, this is the perfect game for you. While the single player is a bit shallow, the multiplayer is almost endlessly replayable as you adapt to different characters, different levels, learn new moves and have different fights. Go buy this now!!!

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                    21.04.2005 22:00

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                    Super Mario Bros Melee, the sequel to the already popular game released by Nintendo. There are so many items and modes, exciting characters involved from other Nintendo & Pokemon games. The many items now include being able to move while holding crates etc… You have much bigger levels and the way that the game can be multiplayer can be great fun when you have your friends around. New characters involve Doctor Mario, Mr. Game, Watch, Ganondwarf and now even Mewtwo (but you have to unlock these!!) I would totally recommend it for the true Mario fan, and anyone who wants to bash, smash, run and fight!!

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                    22.03.2005 17:58

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                    Great Game - Advantages: Multiplayer for up to 4 players, Nice control system, easy to play, Lots of maps and characters - Disadvantages: Easy to get sick of doing the same thing over and over

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                    20.08.2004 12:46
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                    Super Smash brothers melee is the lasted virsion of the smash hit game series, Super Smash Brothers. like all the other Super Smash Brother games you choose your favorite Nintendo character and you battle other Nintendo characters. In this game you get several unlockables, such as mewtew, pichu, and jigglypuff. You can also battle in a tournamint with up to 64 comp characters or 4 real players and 60 comp cherectors and everything in between. This game also has two single player modes which are classic and adventure. Classic is the normal single player and adventure is a story line type game. In adventure you can do alot more, like run through the levels like the classic morio games rather than fighting opponants like you do in a normal Super Smash Brothers game. In my oppinion its the best game in its class, its alot better then mortal combat. I liked the game and I rate it a 9 of 10. This game is exclusive to the Nintendo Gamecube. If you don't have a Gamecube and have a Nindendo 64 you can get previos virsions of Super Smash Brothers

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