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Pre-Play Impressions: Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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Yes, you read that correctly. Here at Blogcritics we aim to bring you something unique, something you won’t find on other sites. With that in mind, here are my pre-play impressions of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, or SSBB as all the cool kids call it.

I have Brawl sitting here. Yep, I have had it all day. I haven’t even taken the cellophane off yet. This may be hard to believe, but I picked the game up in the middle of the day and went right back to work for the entire day.

I am not a fan of the Smash Bros. series really. Heck, I haven’t played more than 20 minutes of Melee. It just isn’t my style of game.

So why would I go out of my way to procure of copy of this coveted game a few days before it hits the street? Well, do I really have a choice? I already bought No More Heroes. What else am I going to buy for my Wii this year? My Horse and Me? Maybe Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None? Nope.

Possibly a retro game on the Virtual Console? If I buy one more Virtual Console game I am going to need to swap a bunch of them on a SD card because the non-removable, non-upgradeable internal memory of the Wii is so small. I really don’t feel like a SD card swap-a-thon today. I can’t tell you how excited I am when WiiWare comes out in the States.

Seriously, what games have come out this year beyond No More Heroes and SSBB are worth mentioning for the Wii? And for that matter, what game(s) other than Mario Kart Wii are worth another precious breath? I have played Okami and I will likely pick up Castle of Shikigami III just so I don’t have to import it. But the Shikigami series really doesn’t fit your average Wii owner. I am willing to bet that most reading this have never even heard of Castle of Shikigami III, (buy it if you like shoot ’em ups) so it really doesn’t count.

Wii Fit comes out in May. I think I will pass. Until they release more than one game for the balance board, I am not that interested. Thanks but no thanks, Nintendo. Samba de Amigo is scheduled for August. I still have my maracas around here somewhere, because I played the game eight years ago.

Animal Crossing doesn’t even have a date for the Wii. Is Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Crystal Bearers even coming this year? What about Sadness? I don’t know about you, but I am quite sad to not have heard more concrete details about that game.

So that leaves two more games I am eager to get my hands on this year for the Wii. Once Mario Kart Wii and Castle of Shikigami III are out, then what? I guess my Wii will go back into hibernation while I play the PS3 and 360.

Why are you doing this to us, Nintendo? The only thing I ever did to you was buy every console (well, sans the “portable” Virtual Boy) you ever produced. As you might have gathered by now, I — and many other games like me — have the misfortune of being “hardcore” Wii owners. Hell, even the medium-core gamers are getting the shaft, too. Either Nintendo forgot that their fans grew up and are still playing video games, or they simply do not care.

But lets get back to Super Smash Bros. Brawl, that is what this is all about after all (not really). First we heard it doesn’t support voice chat. Then we learn that it doesn’t even do text chat. You can pick words or phrases to interact with your fellow Brawl combatants. Or you could use Skype or Ventrillo. Beyond the fact that Friend Codes are a complete joke, now you are telling me I can’t chat (properly) in arguably the biggest online game the Wii has ever seen?

I mean, even the PSP has voice chat in games now.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl has seen more hype than even Super Mario Galaxy, yet that hype has failed to really make me want the game. So why did I buy it then! Here’s why: for the first time — ever — I have a Wii game that I have friends in real life that I can play online. Nintendo might not have an online system on par with Xbox Live or PSN, but at least I have actual friends to play a Wii game online with. Now, if only I could remember my 12-digit Friend Code to tell Cory so we can play…

Thankfully I can use my GameCube controller. Though I hit a snag pretty quickly upon launching the game.

There is not enough available space in the Wii system memory. Create 128 blocks of free space either by moving data to an SD card or deleting data in the Data Management screen.

Lovely dialog. No, really, it is nice. It has a cool looking bevel to it, and a pretty readable font, too.

Okay, I have to go find one of my SD cards. Oh, look, Army of Two – never mind.

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  • http://blogcritics.org/ Phillip Winn

    Dude, you suck. Now I’m gonna pull out my GameCube just to play some late-night Melee by myself.

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    What he said.

  • Rawk Hawk

    Wow, five minutes of my life wasted reading this… You spend 3/4 of the article babbling about lack of other wii games, when you finally talk about brawl you just bag the online (you can do random matches too, ya know) and then complain about yourself downloading too many vc games. btw, you CAN, i hear, delete them and redownload when you want, free of charge. You’ve got ssbb before the rest of us who actually want it, just to look at your refection on the case and bag the crap out of it WITHOUT PLAYING IT

  • http://www.breakingwindows.com Ken Edwards

    MUA HA HA HA. Glad you liked it.

    This article really wasn’t about SSBB, btw.

    And yes, I did play it, quite a bit actually, even online.

  • Carter Morgan

    That was dang crappy. If you don’t like it why don’t you give it to someone who actually wants it? Brawl is going to be a great game and just because there are a few minor inconviences (which apparently are the worst things in the world now) let you say the whole game sucked. Maybe it doesn’t have voice chat and the Friend Codes should be shorter but that doesn’t mean that the whole game sucked (did you even try multiplayer or do you not have enough friends for that?). Jeeze… give me a break. It’s not a bad thing to own a Wii. At least it’s better then the Xbox 360 and the PS3 which are basically copies of the Xbox and PS2.

    You my friend… should jump in a lake.

  • http://www.breakingwindows.com Ken Edwards

    Well be sure to tune into our show on Tuesday at 9:30 (see the main Gaming page) when I will be ripping this game apart.

  • http://blog.logtar.com logtar

    Is this a review of SSBB or Shikigami III

  • http://www.breakingwindows.com/ Ken Edwards

    This is an op-ed. Not a review. If you mean the radio show, this week’s episode is all about SSBB and the Wii.

  • cirej2000

    +1 more for the attention whore!