| Super Smash Brothers is a game like none other and truly deserves its "classic" label. It is a single or multiplayer game where characters from other Nintendo classics battle in various Nintendo sceneries. If you haven't played Super Smash Brothers you most likely haven't played a Nintendo 64. |
Gameplay: The game plays fairly well. Each character comes with his own set of attacks and defenses. Each level has it's own signature characteristics. One includes a reoccurring wind, another with a rising level of lava. When playing the game, the player has numerous options in attacking his opponent so repetition is hard to come across. With the inclusion of items, players can spice things up, bringing in an array of various attacks including pokemon and hammers.
After almost an hour of playing, the game begins to get slightly repetitive. Even playing with numerous different characters and levels, the game begins to get a little boring. After 45 minutes, we were beginning to try to switch things up. For example, we added more items to our fights, but to our dismay made the game merely more chaotic. After 90 minutes we felt done with the game.
Design: The game design is unique and entertaining. Its cartoonish, classic Nintendo theme is fun and separates it from other combat games like Mortal Combat and Tekken. Its non-violent approach to fighting is fun and lighthearted. In a way it is exactly what Nintendo needed. The levels of the game are entertaining and well crafted. However, after playing through each one 3 or so times, they begin to come pretty bland. Certain levels, for example Kirby's, offer little to no variation that other ones, aside from art. What the game does well in its level design is to keep them small. This leads players to be in continual combat and maintain interest in the game.
One great part of the game is that it creates a great atmosphere in the room where it is being played. The randomness of the game provides for tons of laughs and jokes amongst players. You are constantly being lightheartedly competitive throughout your gameplay. In combination with the fun tone of the game world and silly violence creates for a great game.
The game's single player provides for a whole new series of fun levels too. Fighting metal mario, 30 yoshi's and others allows you to open up new characters including Ness and Luigi. It is a bit short however, as the game can be completed in 25 minutes or less.
Overall great game, a bit boring after a long period of time, but highly entertaining.
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