Review by redmario217
"One of the best N64 game on the Virtual Console!"
Super Smash Bros. has become the best franchise in Nintendo history. The original is still an excellent game but almost perfect in anyway. Originally released in April 1999, the game finally came out in December 2009 for the Virtual Console via the Wii. The game is remains the same, but it's a great comeback that is worth a look.
Like I said it before, Super Smash Bros. still have a small features, but it's very pleasure. At the start of the game, there are 8 Nintendo characters to choose from and 4 characters to unlock. Once you unlock all of them, there will be 12 characters total. First, on the single-player, there is 1-P Game Mode, Break the Targets, Board the Platforms, and Training Mode. On the multiplayer, there is a Versus Mode with Custom Rules (it lets you choose Time, Stock, Team Battle Time, and Time Battle Stock). After you select 2-4 characters, you going to select one stage for your battle. There are 8 stages to choose from, including 1 stage to unlock; there are 9 stages total. This game also features Options, Character Profile, Records, and Sound Test (unlocked by completing Break the Targets and Board the Platforms with all 12 characters). The small features are still good enough to keep you playing. It really enjoy the single-player, even though it never changes from the N64 version. The mutiplayer is still fun, of course. Time and Stock are great choices, even for the tournament or a party with your friends.
The gameplay is remain the same, but a little different from the N64 version. Since this is the Wii version, there are only support 2 different controllers: the classic controller and the Gamecube controller. Like Super Smash Bros. Brawl, both controllers work perfectly. The only downside is that Gamecube controller doesn't support a rumble feature since the Wii can't handle the N64 Rumble Pack. On the bright side, all buttons on both controllers are very simple to master, especially when moving the character and using a combo attack.
The graphics for this game doesn't change that much, but they are wonderful as well. Stages like Peach's Castle, Dream Land, and Saffron City are classic. The colors and backgrounds are impressive to look at.
The original contains all the sounds and music from Nintendo past. The sound effects are perfect, making them recognizable. The music in this game is phenomenon, range from Peach's Castle to Dream Land.
Like I said always, Super Smash Bros. has more excellent replay value. Playing multiplayer more than a single-player let you play with your friends for unlimited hours. 1-P Game Mode would finish in less than 10 minutes, but you could play it for the fastest time on your speed run or the highest score on one character you like.
Bonus - Opening Cinematic: 8/10
The opening is still great as the N64 version does. However, there are few technical issues: (1) it feels like playing an emulator no matter what TV you are using, and (2) after 25 seconds, the sound effects and the music are out of sync as the cinematic keeps going. The rests are okay for now.
Overall: After 10 years of fun, Super Smash Bros. is an excellent multiplayer game today. With great features, solid gameplay, impressive graphics, and flawless music, I'll recommend a buy from the Wii Shop Channel for 1000 Wii points ($10). Despite all of this, it is one of the best game on the Virtual Console.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 02/16/10
Game Release: Super Smash Bros. (US, 12/21/09)
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