Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Out for the Nintendo Wii, the newest Super Smash Bros. in the hit series rocks the TV screen with heart-pumping fights between the most famous of the video game world. Everyone from the fun-filled Sonic and Mario, to the intense Solid Snake and Meta-Knight have been thrown together to duke it out in what is the best yet of the wildly fun series.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl keeps the same great gameplay and style from its predecessors, but amps it up with some all new additions. The basic premise is the same, rack up damage on your opponents and blast them off the screen with a “smash” attack to win. Super Smash Bros. Brawl plays off of its previous successes with the familiar “Classic” mode and all of everyone’s favorite characters from the last two games as well, but Nintendo kicks it up a few notches with all new modes, lots of unlockables, fresh characters, and brand-new items that pump the action even more.

Among the new modes is the ultra-cool Wi-Fi mode that lets players take each other on anywhere in the world anytime. Fighters can go it solo or pair up in teams, while spectators can stay out of the heat and enjoy watching others and even bet game coins on teams and favorite characters.

Also, the new adventure mode, “The Subspace Emissary”, is a great addition to the regular classic arcade mode. Players can test-drive the game’s whole cast of virtual fighters as they advance through several platformer inspired levels. Brawlers can also charge their favorite characters with collectable "stickers" that gives fighters more power on their best moves. Mini-modes “Events” and “Stadium” set you to accomplish special feats like brawling for 15 minutes straight without getting K.O.ed or knocking a sandbag as far as you can with a baseball bat to set new records.

New items like the grand “Smash Ball” and fresh characters from all over the map intensify the crazy action even more in every mode. Crack open the floating smash ball when it appears in combat and your character becomes the super-charged version of itself from its home game. Watch as Starfox calls in a Landmaster or as Sonic charges with the Chaos Emeralds and turns into Super Sonic!

The newest characters gamers have been waiting for years to join the “Smash Bros.” cast have finally joined the fight too. Anxiously awaited newcomers Sonic the Hedgehog, Solid Snake, Diddy Kong, King Dedede, Wario, Olimar, and Meta Knight among many others have all joined the brawl with popular regulars Mario, Kirby, Jigglypuff, Starfox, and the rest of the power-packed cast. Completing modes and accomplishing new feats unlocks them all to further decorate your arsenal of fighters.

Amplifying the fantastic gameplay in Super Smash Bros. Brawl is the colorful and re-envisioned graphics and stages. All characters have also gotten highly detailed design enhancements that sharpen each fighter’s unique look.

Try zooming in on Mario’s trademark overalls and see that they’re actually made of dark blue denim (who knew!). Utilize items, special moves, and blast opponents off the screen to see colorful bursts and displays of energy and light. Well designed stages are alive and move and morph with the action, shifting the gameplay each time. In the middle of battle, a portion of the floor may suddenly explode or the ground will shift tilting players off the stage. In other levels, fans may suddenly appear blowing everything upward. Using each unique environment to your advantage adds to the challenge of each round.

Aside from the main action, Super Smash Bros. Brawl is also loaded with hundreds of Nintendo-themed unlockables and extras. In the Vault, try watching the original game trailer for SSBB shown at E3 or watch Sonic and Solid Snake make their trademark intros into the combat. You can also view trophies acquired for various feats and play a fun mini-game to shoot down more and rack up points. Other cool features include new buildable and unlockable stages, music tracks from the game, and game trials from past Nintendo hits.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl is an excellent sequel to the original two games that keeps the same spirit, but also gives a new take on the classics. This and all new modes, items, characters, stages, and more make SSBB the best yet to come from Nintendo’s team.