Review by KeyBlade999
Super Smash Bros. Melee is the sequel to an equally great game: Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64. Now on the more popular GameCube, Nintendo fans all over the world can prove which Nintendo character is better. A new genre for Nintendo, still, as it is only their second fighting genre game that has been released. Nevertheless, they did unbelievable. Keeping a bit of similarity between game series is a good thing to do, after all.
Super Smash Bros. Melee is simliar to most fighting games. This game, however, is a two dimensional battlefield with third dimensional graphics. This game has several modes. In 1-P, you can do a series of battles, some contest stuff, and train. In VS., you can do multiplayer matches with customized settings. In Trophy, you simply look at collected trophies and attempt to get more via lottery. Under Data, you can look at battle records, obtained bonuses, and other cool stuff most people don't even care about.
1-P, or one player, mode allows you to do some stuff by yourself. You can do a series of battles by themselves, or give yourself some side-scrolling stages. Other options include Event Matches, matches with very specific requirements to win them. You can "play baseball" and try to hit the Sandbag, an original character, as far as possible in a mere ten TEN seconds. You can do multi-man melees, battle challenges that are very tough. You can do a Target Test where you hit ten targets in as little time as possible. You can also train with up to three other CPUs, or even humans, in any stage with you changing nearly everything on it.
VS. mode allows you to play one player or multiplayer customized matches. You can set the characters and their levels. You can set handicaps for those too good or not good at all. You can change the items and choose the stage and battle mode and time. You can play with up to three of your closest friends or CPUs. Another function is special matches. These matches have certain benefits of restrictions, such as making you super fast or only allowing one camera view. You can also start a tournament, a series on battle royale matches with two, three, or four people per battle with up to sixty-four humans or CPUs in the same tournament. Like in a regular match, the conditions are customized, but for the whole tournament.
In Trophy mode, you are allowed to see the trophies of Nintendo's past you have collected. All of these trophies represent some game or some character from Nintendo's past, present, or even future. There are quite a few you have never even heard of, and there are a boatload, so gotta collect them all! Sorry, couldn't resist...
The Data mode allows you see various statistics of you. You can see how many times that you have KOed someone, or see your highest damage. You can see how long you've played, or how many matches you won, lost, and played. There are those you wouldn't think about, such as distance walked or times turned the game on. You can also see a training video and a super cool video in this section, too!
The graphics are awesome! All of the characters are third dimensional looking, even though the game is on a flattish area. When looking around, you see, with excellent detail, the characters, trophies, and stages. The option of changing the sharp/soft of the game also helps give crisp detail, although can hurt your eyes after a while.
The sound is also awesome, the best I have ever heard on the GameCube!!! The music is excellently composed. The sounds are crisp and clear. You can hear the fireballs firing, or the lasers KOing. The extra unlockable of the sound test lets you hear almost seventy tracks and approximately one thousand sound effects. I have never even heard of that many on any GameCube game. The sound is just perfect, but I should get a surround sound system.
It takes a while to complete. In terms of unlocking all characters, it takes a week or so. To unlock all stages, in takes a month or two. To unlock all of the trophies, finally completing the whole game, it takes a year, if you're lucky. The game needs no replay value, as the game has no start or end. You can play multiplayer matches as much as you wish. However, you can delete specific portions of data to "replay" doing them one more time.
I must say, Super Smash Bros. Melee is the peak of Nintendo in the first half of the 2000s. I mean, the gameplay is excellent and variable; the music is excellent; the graphics are crisp and detailed. This game really should be the first GameCube game you get. Although it is rare, it isn't gone - ever! The game has to be selling somewhere. If possible, get it and keep it. All people like it, Nintendo fans and Sony fans, Halo fans and Call of Duty fans. The excellent quality make it a hit. Try to get it.
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 03/12/10
Game Release: Super Smash Bros. Melee (US, 12/02/01)
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