Super Smash Bros. was a classic fighting game on the Nintendo 64 that has been re-released on the Nintendo Wii’s Virtual Console. The first game in the series was groundbreaking in that it was the first game to include most of Nintendo’s greatest characters in one game. It is currently on sale on the Virtual Console channel for 1000 Nintendo Points.
Super Smash Bros. features eight of Nintendo’s most famous characters in its history including, Mario, Link, Donkey Kong, Fox McCloud, Samus, Yoshi, Kirby, and Pikachu. Four additional characters can be unlocked through various achievements including Luigi, Ness, Captain Falcon, and Jigglypuff.
The presentation in Super Smash Bros. is good but inundated. The graphics hold up decently but are borderline obsolete due to the Wii’s graphical engine. As for the sound, the music takes songs and themes from the various games the characters have starred in, creating a brilliant soundtrack. The sound effects also borrow from the original games to create a sense of nostalgia. Retro gaming sounds never get old…
The controls were simple on the N64 and they still are on the Wii. There are simple button presses to do each action, which is preferable to the twelve buttons it takes to throw a punch in almost every other fighting game. Essentially, controls for each character are quick to learn and master, creating a great gaming experience. However, movement on the Wii Classic remote is incredibly difficult. You will find yourself jumping when you want to run ,and running when you want to jump, a trait that will cost you numerous lives. This game is one of the few times I can recommend bringing the old Gamecube remote out of retirement.
Super Smash Bros. is essentially a 2D fighting game that allows you to determine who the most powerful Nintendo character is. There is a single player mode for each character with several ways to customize the game including difficulty and number of lives. The single player mode is enjoyable and provides a good challenge with higher levels of difficulty, but it is mostly played to unlock the other characters, or to train for playing against your friends in multiplayer mode.
The bread and butter of this game is the multiplayer mode. The Super Smash Bros. series is famous for its awesome multiplayer and the first game is no exception to the rule. There are a few different multiplayer modes including time battle free for all, stock battle free for all, team battle stock, and team battle time attack modes. Each mode is fun and exhilarating, and holds up phenomenally well ten years later.
Super Smash Brothers is still a pretty good game is well worth the $10 download. However, there is little doubt that the newer Smash Bros are superior to the original in almost every way. If you own any of the newer games, I’d recommend skipping this download but if you don’t, the original Super Smash Bros. is a great way to learn the series.
Game review by Anthony Lifrieri.
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