Review by WaterMario222

"Fighting people in life=trouble. Fighting people in Melee=OWNage"

Introduction: Super Smash Bros. originally came out on the Nintendo 64 in 1999. The game featured around 12 characters and stages. The overall game was quite fun, however, the choices were limited. Its sequel, Super Smash Bros.: Melee quickly fixed many of their previous mistakes and added tons of new characters in.

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Gameplay-10/10
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Obviously, since this is a fighter/beat-em-up game, there needs to be good gameplay. SSBM does this very well in a lot of areas. First, 1-player mode. I found out that there were 2 types of actual 1-player modes(later a 3rd!) and quickly realized that this game will have a lot more quality than the previous. There is an adventure mode and a classic mode. The classic mode has you choosing a character and fighting enemy after enemy, with added bonuses as well. The final boss will be back as well! Next, Adventure Mode has you still choosing a character, but this time, you'll fight enemies in different ways. For example, in the first stage, Mushroom Kingdom, you'll need to stomp on Goombas and Koopas, fight Yoshis, and race to the finish! It's loads of fun. There is also Event Mode, where you can do a lot of events (up to 51, most of which you need to unlock) that are specifically designed so you need to complete an objective. Stadium mode allows you to play Break the Targets, which features challenges for every player, and has you trying to break the 10 targets placed in strategic spots. There is a Home Run Contest, where you try to damage a Sandbag as much as you can on a platform, and then smash it with your home run bat. Then there's Multi-Man Melee where you can do challenges to kill as many fighting wire frames as you can. Super Smash Bros. veterans will be disappointed to discover that Board the Platforms(from the previous game) was taken out, but they should still have an awesome time. Lastly, there's a Training Mode, where you can customize the items, characters, speed, camera, computers, difficulty and more. That just about wraps up 1-player mode. Next, the true fun in SSBM, Multiplayer Mode! You can customize your name to appear on the playing field. Next, you can change the battle type(stock, time, coin, or bonus) the time limit(or the lives), handicap rules, items, additional rules and more. There are 25 playable characters(you'll need to unlock some of them) and 29 playable stages(some of which you need to unlock).

You can change your style of playing with special melee. You can do camera mode, stamina mode, giant mode, tiny mode, invisible mode, super sudden death mode, single-button mode, lightning mode, fixed camera mode and slo-mo mode. Camera Mode allows you to take pictures of your gameplay that will be stored into a gallery. However, these pictures will take up some blocks on your memory card. Stamina Mode sets you with a certain amount of HP, and you'll need to punch the life out of your opponent. Whoever is left standing wins. Super Sudden Death will pit you against your opponents. The difference? You all start out with 300% damage every time you die. Single-button mode allows beginner players to get the feel for SSBM, by only allowing the A button and control stick to be in use. Giant Melee will turn everybody giant. Add some super mushrooms, and you got a gargutuan match! Tiny Melee will do the opposite, turning everybody into miniature figurines(well, not really the figurine part). Lightning Melee will increase the game's speed, and Slo-mo will reduce the speed. Invisible mode will act like a cloaking device, throughout the entire game, concealing you to nothing more than an invisible shadow. Fixed Camera mode will adjust the stage so that the camera neither zooms in on a character, nor zoom out.

There are also a variety of items to choose from, from Heart Containers to Parasols, to Home Run Bats, to an old-school hammer! Each of them has a different effect, some long, some short. Each of them are unique, and you can customize which items you want to appear, and which ones you don't. Also, you can choose how much items appear in the game, very little, little, medium, high, or very high. Items, though sometimes referred to as cheap, can play an important part in your game. You can also set the rules so that no items will appear.

Later on in the game, you can unlock even more rules. Nothing beats the frantic mayhem of Super Smash Bros: Melee. End fact.

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Story-5/10
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Well, I don't really know if there really is a story to this game, but it seems like it's played out like this. All the characters want to be the best...well that's basically it. I'm not really sure if this was intended to be a story or not, but oh well.

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Graphics-10/10
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Wow, these graphics are superb, and nicely done. The characters look magnificent, you can practically see all the details. The stages look awesome and are well-crafted. The colors they used fit right into the gameplay. The swaying of the logs, the drilling of the bullet bills, even Birdo's eggs look crisp. This game took a huge step up from the last game, and it sets the bar very high for any other fighting game to appear. I just know that Nintendo will do even better in the next game. The graphics are flawless.

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Music-10/10
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This is one of the best categories in this game. The best part about this category is the stage musics. I seriously have an urge to download these songs from the internet or something, they're that good. 29 stages, most being a song from a title that the stage stars. For example, Icicle Mountain is the Ice Climber's main stage, so it has music from Ice Climber. Also, there are alternate musics that occasionally take the place of the main song. In Icicle Mountain, the alternate music is the short and simple Balloon Fighter song. There are also music on the Mushroom Kingdom, Pokemon Stadium, Star Fox, Hyrule Temple, Fountain of Dreams, Earthbound and a whole lot more. Unfortunately, not all the stages have alternate musics. Even though the stages are the main reason I give this category a 10/10, there are also other tunes to help you party in style, such as the heh, Menu music. Yeah, even that energizes you. For those of you who like the music, there is also a sound test that you will be able to unlock later in the game. Turn your TV's volume to the max, because you'll need to fight in style!

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Sound-10/10
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I know I'm getting repetitive(all 10s!), but this category deserves one. The characters' voices are clear and fresh. You can hear the maxim tomato giving you HP, and hear the satisfying sound of the home run bat! From items, to characters, this category's got it all. Even the clicking of the options gets you warmed up.

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Replayability-10/10
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You'll love this game so much, it'll last a lifetime. With tons of hidden characters, stages, modes, events, and more, you'll need all the time you can get just to unlock everything! Then, when you're finished, try mastering every character! Kick some butt, finish 1-player mode, break all the targets, and smash Sandbag out of the park.

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Final Verdict/Recommendation-10/10
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I'd hope by now, you see the various reasons why you need this game if you're going to call yourself a Game Cube player. It's awesome, your friends will enjoy it, it's just a great game! It'll last for a very long time as well. You need to buy this game, it's crucial in your gaming collection. Happy fighting!


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 04/29/05


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