I originally played SSB on the old N64, it was a fantastic multiplayer game then and so I wondered whether the magic would remain with the release of Super Smash Bros Melee on the gamecube.
For those who haven't heard of the Smash Bros franchise the premise is simple yet addictive. Upto 4 players battle it out with one of a number of Nintendos most famous characters from other games. It's essentially a beat 'em up but with a slight twist on the well trodden formula. Instead of simply beating your opponent to death you must knock them off of the edge of the arena sending them hurtling to their doom. Each attack adds a number of percentage points to your enemies health bar, the higher a players percentage, the further into oblivion they are launched with any succesful attack against them.
Adding to the simple yet incredibly fun nature of the game, far from complicated multi sequenced button pushing to pull off a special move 99% of attacks need nothing more than one button with a certain direction being held to execute. This may sound too simplistic but it really works well within the context of the game.
If all that wasn't frenetic enough, occasionally crates will appear on the battlefield, each housing a ridiculously powerful weapon, wands, mario style fire flowers and my favourite the hammer are just a few of the 15 or so weapons available.
The game does feature a single player mode which I haven't personally played, but for me the brilliance of this game is in the multiplayer, I may be wrong but I just can't see it having the same effect playing it on your todd.
I really reccomend Super Smash Brothers Melee, especially if you can't be bothered going to the pub and you just fancy a games night with your mates. It doesn't stray too far from the formula that made the N64 version so popular but it adds enough to warrant another investment in the winning franchise.
I never actually owned this game, but i've played it a fair few times.
If you played and enjoyed the original Smash Bros. then you should have a fairly smooth transition to this game. The main controls are basically the same, with 1 or 2 changes to make it slightly more enjoyable.
As with many Nintendo games, Super Smash Bros. thrives on its multiplayer side, allowing up to 4 players to battle simultaneously, if 4 players are not present, AI will fill the remaining slots. There is also the option to play a 128 (i believe) player tournament, all of these players are able to be human, but be prepared to have several hours free and an extremely large house if you wish to play one of these. Tournaments are also available in numbers as small as 8 or 16 players, sorry about sketchy details, it was my mates game and he got rid of it several months ago to get the Wii version.
A lot more features were added to the series when this game came out, instead of just having battles and the career mode that the N64 game had, this version added a few extra things to do. Such as the tournament mode described above. There were also trophies to collect in the game, which unlocked certain things in game, such as new characters. These trophies were fairly diverse in nature, similar to the trophies found in the Wii version of Super Smash Bros.
There are many stages and characters of which you can fight on or with, several of these made it through into the Wii Version and are listed under the 'Melee Stages' category.
Really this is a great game, ideal if you have 3 mates with you, you can pick this game up for a fairly cheap price, so if you don't own the Wii version, i recommend you either get that or get this.
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.
Super Smash Bros Melee is perhaps the ultimate crowning achievement for Gamecube. The sequel to the highly popular Super Smash Bros on N64 includes enhanced graphics, more characters, and new exciting games and trials.
You select from a large arsenal of extremely popular characters from various Nintendo classics and most successful games like Mario, Bowser, Link, Ganondorf, Pikachu, Fox, Samus, Roy, etc. We're talking the heavy hitters from games like Fire Emblem, Donkey Kong and so on.
Each character has their own specials and combos but in general the controls are identical so its easy to pick up. You just need to practice with each character to understand the range of their hits and maneuverability. Its also got the typical moves associated in fighting games like blocking, rolling, throwing, etc.
The object in the Super Smash Bros universe isn't to KO your opponent as in traditional fighting games, rather its a all out free for all pitting you against up to 3 other players where the object is to raise eachother's damage percentage then attempt to send your opponent soaring off the screen with a powerful hit.
You get all kinds of items in the battle to restore health, summon Pokémon like Unown to unleash attacks on your foes, star power, fireballs, use baseball bats and all kinds of other items that somehow tie into various Nintendo games starring the playable characters.
Bottom line this game is incredible fun for players of all age groups and skill levels. A lot of my friends actually prefer it over Brawl - the latest game in the series for Wii, finding this to be a bit more balanaced. Melee is much cheaper and you can also play it on the Wii if you wish. Its just mild animated cartoonish violence so I think kids would enjoy it and parents shouldn't gripe much about it. Great gift!
(this was also added to ciao.co.uk on 9/4/09 under my username there, randomreviews2)
This is one of my favourite games of all time, the idea that you could put all of Nintendo's most loved and hated characters into a video game and for it to be a success is crazy. But it was a success, this was one of the best Gamecube games released.
The main reason for its success is that the game provided great multi-player fun and was an absolute blast if you could get 3 of your mates round to play it with you. The variety of characters was very impressive with Nintendo's well known characters like Mario, Link and Pikachu featuring beside the less well known like Marth, Ice Climbers and Kirby.
The game features a whole host of weapons that can be used against your opponents. My personal favourites are the proximity mind, baseball bat and laser cannon. But you can also use exclusive items like a Pokeball which spawns a Pokemon who will cause damage to your opponents.
Different levels also featured like the Mario kingdon, Zelda's castle and even in Space on the back of Star Fox's vehicle.
The game features a story mode and although there's not much of a story at least Nintendo did include a single player experience. There are also lots of challenges where you have to destroy a number of targets in a time limit or defeat characters under set conditions or play against over 100 opponents in a fight to the death.
To sum up this is a thoroughly enjoyable game which any Nintendo fan will get a kick out of!
Super Smash Bros. Melee is the sequel to Super Mario Bros on the Nintendo 64. The game was made by HAL Laboratory for the Nintendo Game cube and was released in November 2001. The game is a fighting game and is part of the Super Mario Bros game series.
The game can be played both single player and multiplayer, the single player is pretty boring and repetitive, the story is pretty short and can be completed easily, but the multiplayer is pretty fun and good to play with friends.
You start of the game with being able to choose from one of fifteen characters from different Nintendo games like Mario, Donkey Kong or Pokémon, as you go along you can unlock more characters.
The actual playing of the game and the fighting is pretty basic and you have to try and get the other character out of the ring, not like most fighting games where you have to inflict the most damage as quickly as you can.
The graphics and controls are pretty good and the game is fun to play with friends, so if you want a fun game to play with friends could be worth buying.
Fighting games are part of an undeniably unique and interesting video game genre. Its history is full of innovation and great amounts of quality games. Not every fighting game is for everybody, though; some games are clearly aimed toward a certain demographic. Initially, the huge appeal of Super Smash Bros. was that it was the ultimate game for any die-hard Nintendo fan. It featured characters from all spectrums of Nintendo gaming -- Mario, Link, Samus, Pikachu, Fox -- all the major franchises were well-represented.
And so, once Super Smash Bros. was released for the N64, gamers found a fighter that was for just about everybody. No longer would you have to play as huge, busty women (perhaps inappropriate for children), nor will you have to master intricate, complex button sequences. Because that, certainly, is the greatest appeal of the Smash Bros. franchise. We all loved Super Smash Bros., and couldn't imagine it being any better. Super Smash Bros. Melee, however, released all the way back in 2001, proved us all wrong.
Once we all played -- and loved -- Melee, we realized how the original Super Smash Bros., had only scratched the surface. The first thing that will jump out at you once powering on the game is the jaw-dropping graphics. Characters look absolutely beautiful, especially when you compare it to those in the original Super Smash Bros., and even more so once you remind yourself that this is the GameCube. Characters possess a ridiculous variety of movements and actions, as well as tons of items that cause explosions and other fun effects. Yet, despite this, four players can easily be playing at once with no lag, slowdown, or glitchiness at all.
The graphics may draw you in, but it's the fighting mechanics that will keep you playing Melee for hundreds of hours. They offer a truly brilliant combination of simplicity and complexity. Young children can easily play the game, because at its core, there are only a few important buttons. Move with the control stick, attack with A and B. But if you're a hardcore gamer that for some reason hasn't yet played Melee, you needn't despair. This is not, by any means, a game geared toward little kids. Because while the core mechanics may be beautifully simple, at the same time, there are a near-infinite number of complexities and subtleties. To knock of an enemy, simply knock him or her off the edge of the course. The more you hit your foe, the more damage he will accrue, and the farther he will fly if hit again. Traditionally, games are set to either stock or time matches.
The many fighting techniques that each and every character possesses is mind-boggling. As I've mentioned, close range attacks are performed simply with a tap of the A button. Ranged attacks, or other specialized attacks (it really just depends on the character) are taken care of with the B button. But far more powerful attacks can be performed if you combine button presses. Perhaps the most standard is a simple Over and A attack. If you hit up, down, left, or right on the Control Stick simultaneously with the A button, you will charge up for a far more powerful attack.
That's not all there is, though. The amount of combos available for you to use in Melee is absolutely ridiculous. There are so many different button combinations, and the fun of the all these combos really lies in finding them out for yourself. It's easy enough to look up lists of fighting techniques up on the internet, but the overall experience is just so much more rewarding if you instead dedicate yourself to playing through and finding out your favorite moves for yourself. In this way, you really can customize your characters for yourself, just in the way that you can discover and use moves that you find best suit your own personal fighting style.
And on the subject of customization, it's critical to bring up a few more wonderful aspects of Super Smash Bros. Melee. First, and possibly most appealing to any Nintendo fan, is the fact that there are more than 25 different playable characters. While some characters are undeniably better than others (some websites are actually entirely dedicated to merely ranking the many characters based on their effectiveness), what's great is that most characters are fairly evenly balanced. Each have their strengths and weaknesses, and if you're good, you can realistically win with any character in the game. The fun regarding the characters, of course, lies in either picking your favorite Nintendo character or the character that you play best with -- or even better (and if you're lucky) -- both.
The amount of variety of characters has been severely ramped up from the original game. While the original did a good job of representing the biggest Nintendo franchises, Melee goes far beyond that. Now, characters from just about every Nintendo franchise makes an appearance. Fire Emblem, F-Zero, Ice Climbers, and others all make appearances with their own unique characters.
Additionally, there are a ton of different courses on which to battle. There are easily 20-30 different courses (most of which need to be unlocked), all with very unique features that will undoubtedly drastically affect the outcome of any battle. Some courses will move around, while others will randomly change in mid-battle. Personally, I find it most fun to play on random courses -- it will really show you the vast variety and many features of all the different courses that the game offers.
Finally, one of the most chaos-intense and exciting aspects of any battle is the vast amount of items. Items hail from every possible video game franchise that you can possibly imagine: a baseball bat from Earth Bound, a Warpstar from Kirby, Red and Green Shells from Mario, along with mushrooms and bombs, Pokemon balls (from Pokemon, of course), and a slew of others. The items may single-handedly be the craziest aspect of game play in Melee. They can change around the course of a battle in an instant, and further add to the melee and anyone-can-play theory that really characterize this game.
I've already gone into detail in terms of how Melee plays out -- but what exactly will you play? The single player mode is rather simple, and revolves around (at least for the most part) merely battling random enemies. There are two single player modes, actually: Adventure and Classic. One is rather straightforward, and has you simply battling a number of enemies in a random order, ending with a strange boss battle. The other mode, though (Adventure) is more interesting. Of course, it involves a lot of fighting, but there are also some cool plat forming and adventure elements to it. While not the meat of the game, both Adventure and Classic modes offer fun diversions.
The meaty single player mode, and the one that will likely provide you with the most gaming time in Melee is just playing versus computers. You can set the difficulty of the computer players, on a scale of 1 to 9 (one being easiest, and 9 being very difficult). Select your character, add some computers, adjust some of the battle settings, then choose a stage, and you're off on a chaotic, exciting battle. And you'll most like play it over and over and over again -- talk about replay value!
All the single player modes are pittance, though, compared to the brilliant multiplayer mode that Melee sports. It's fun enough to beat the crap out of some computers, but it's infinitely more satisfying when it's your friends at the butt of your attacks. The most standard multiplayer mode is very similar to playing computers, with the exception that you're facing off against three friends rather than three bots. In the multiplayer, all the incredible aspects of Melee really come together to show everyone just how incredible and downright fun a video game can be.
If you've got more than four friends (and I certainly hope you do), and you're interested in getting a little Melee party together, then Melee is going to make you very happy. Other multiplayer modes allow you to set up huge Melee tournaments for up to 64 players, with each player getting to play another competitor, and slowly progressing up through the brackets and ending up the champion.
And even if you happen to get bored with the out-there single player modes, fun bot-battling, and killer multiplayer, Melee will still manage to keep you playing. Easily the most addicting aspect of the game lies with the huge number of unlockables that are lying all over the place. You'll only start out with a dozen characters and a number of playing courses, but there are tons more of each that can be unlocked, either by playing a certain number of matches or clearing specific challenges. Trophies, also, are fun to collect. Each trophy is a figurine of a Nintendo-related character or item, which also contains a little write-up. There are nearly 300 of them, which can be obtained in bonus stages, throughout Classic or Adventure Mode, by playing a certain number of matches, or redeeming tokens at the lottery. There's just so much to do, and it's all so addictive and fun.
Super Smash Bros. Melee is, in a word, a gem. It is the best fighter I've ever played, and has gotten me interested in a genre that I'd previously never cared about. It will be fun for both brawl-game rookies as well of hard-core gamers, thanks to its brilliant combination of simplicity and complexity. Melee offers among the best of what the GameCube can graphically offer, and the replay value will blow any other game out of the water. If, for some reason, you own a GameCube and don't own Melee, you need to go out right now and pick up a copy. It can be found for 20 bucks or less, and is worth every penny you will spend. Super Smash Bros. Melee is truly ultimate fighting game and a must-have for any fan of Nintendo.
This review can also be found on gamefaqs under the username bluej33
This game is one that is frequently described as one of the classic gamecube games - I disagree. It is certainly a good game , with colourful graphics,decent fighting gameplay, all of your favourite characters and a good multiplayer. However, I found that after completing the main single player game (in a few hours I might add), and a few multiplayer games with friends, I put this in a box and didn't play it again for about two years! This is not to mention the fact that the basic gameplay is basically the same as the N64 version which I also had - perhaps this is what influences my more negative than most opinion. Don't get me wrong, I still think that this is a fun and enjoyable game, I just don't think it is worthy of the kind of praise you might read in other reviews. That said, it is one of the best multiplayer experiences that you will find on the console.
It's hard to believe just how long Mario has been around ,since his debut on the NES, he's had many adventures throughout all Nintendo systems from consoles to handhelds, having his own Kart racing game and even being a Doctor at one point. However one of the most popular Mario games of all is Super Smash Brothers 64. It's a 3d fighter that pits lots of your favourite Characters that Nintendo created from Zelda to Donkey Kong. This is the sequel and what a way to do it!
Graphics - Simply Sublime, this game is great to look at, it's really colourful with great detailed backdrops as environements to fight it, every character is perfect from their respective games.
Gameplay - This is where it really takes off, it's a really fast fighting game with tons of moves that although take a little bit of time to learn, are very rewarding in the long run.
Sound - Nintendo Mario tracks as you'd expect to hear along with music from all other nintendo games to pad out the feeling for each character you face.
Overall - This will always be a 5 star game, plenty of characters to choose from and modes to fight you'll see total carnage as Nintendo's greatest characters do battle against one another. Top Class gaming.
Classic. It is the follow up to the world wide phenomenon that was super smash bros. Not only did it follow it up, but it surpassed it by far. The graphics are far superior. The gameplay is more fast paced. The characters have expanded their arsenal of moves. There are more levels. More players, levels and trophies to unlock, and a better single player mode. In a fighting game like this it is hard to make a sequel and expand on the moves of the characters without making it too complicated and semi impossible. It happened to street fighter. Street fighter was an all time classic, but now a days street fighter has gotten so complicated, that it has turned into a random button pushing free for all. Not in melee. Melee added more complex moves, but just enough so that it would feel fresh, but every move could still be a predetermined calculated move.
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:
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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.