Back in the 80s the term "fanboy" had not been coined yet, but you could hear in the playground the argument between who was cooler, Mario or Sonic. Now this can finally be settled in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Games have defined consoles in the past – Halo, the Xbox, Sonic, the Sega Genesis, now the Wii has Super Smash Bros. Brawl as the game that will define this next generation console. Many think that whoever pushes the most pixels or has the most content on their downloadable catalog is going to rule the console wars, however, I think the other companies did not count on Nintendo putting out such a superior piece of software that is actually tons of fun to play.
I know that people spend their lives in MMOGs right now, but mark my words, people are going to lose hours of sleep this week thanks to the release of this game. I have not had so much fun playing a game since the original Super Mario Bros.
The game is simple, mix together the concept of a platformer with a fighting game and you spawn a wildly frantic game that at times seem impossible to follow. The cool thing is that you do start to follow and have fun smashing characters that are familiar to everyone around the screen. The character lineup is amazing and the different game modes make this game worth hundreds of hours of replay.
A game that was doomed by the release for the Sega Dreamcast, Power Stone, first showed how much fun a well-executed brawler could be. Many thought that Nintendo had reached the pinnacle of this type of game with the popular iteration of the series on the GameCube. However, they hit this punching bag out of the stadium with Brawl.
The game is not complicated, but rather complete. You can play by yourself or with a friend on a very complete platform jumping story mode, or you can connect your Wii online and challenge the world to a match with up to four players at once.
My wife likes video games, but she is not a gamer and while I was putting my friend code online she picked up the controller. Within minutes she was into beating enemies with Princes Zelda, and before I knew it she was going against the final boss. She has been frustrated in the past with games where you have to press too many buttons, but Smash makes the playing of the game very intuitive so that a player of any skill level can join the fun.
Nintendo did a great job letting you use four different way to control the game, from using just the Wii remote or attaching the Nunchuk or Classic Controller to using the GameCube controller. All the configurations are easy to pick up and play. The graphics are also beautifully done and the variety of stages is amazing. Not to mention the mind-boggling amount of collectibles and unlockable characters the game offers.
The only complaint I have of the game is that the load times make you wish Nintendo never gave up on cartridges, however there is a little beat up a punching bag mode that you can play with when you are waiting to join an online match.
If you have a Wii console, this is an absolute must have game. If you do not have a Wii yet, I am sure this game might convince you to get it. I am predicting that this weekend will put the Wii sales numbers way ahead of the other consoles. The local store where I picked up my copy of Brawl had 50 consoles and they sold out in less than 30 minutes. I heard similar stories from other people. Nintendo has now released a game that will make its console a true classic.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB for Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor.