Game Review: Super Smash Bros

by: Brady Vandervort

The name Super Smash Bros is carved into the slate of elite video games, being one of the best fighting games Nintendo has ever created. And in my opinion, it is the best fighting game ever made. Sorry Soul Calibur and Tekkan fans, but Super Smash Bros deserves it. Super Smash Bros is simple, yet challenging enough to satisfy hardcore gamers and bring a challenge to mastering the game.

Super Smash Bros

The game that turned a new leaf with fighting games was released in 1999 for the Nintendo 64. The game was on a low budget and graphics were bad. But as I have said before, it’s the game play that counts.

The unique things about this side to side fighting game are the variety of characters and the way the game is set up.  Each character has its own special set of moves. All moves have easy button combinations and follow simple logic, unlike other games like Soul Calibur where you have to memorize complicated button combos for each separate character in order to play well with them.

I like the way this game’s system works. Even if your opponent hits you with many cheap shots, you have a chance to recover, avoid hits, and retaliate. In games like Soul Calibur, if you were to go through many cheap shots you would simply die with no chance. So this game is a little easier than the others.

Super Smash Bros Melee

Though the first SSB may sound packed, the second, Super Smash Bros Melee, released in 2001 for the GameCube only, has everything the first had but with more than double the amount of content.

This game was the best selling game for GameCube the same year it was released. I don’t know a single gaming person who has never heard of this game. And this is the reason why: the game play, the characters, the excitement, and especially the challenge. In the original, I could take on three level 9 (highest level) computers easily. Now three level 9 computers are at my exact level. It’s not until the third installment that I start to have difficulty against three level 9 computers.

Though Nintendo made the controls smoother, the frame-rate is sadly a disgrace, and there are many glitches such as freezing and control glitches. But glitches can be fun! Go to YouTube and search SSBM Black Hole if you want to know what I mean.

Super Smash Bros Brawl

The third installment was not glitch infested. It has a better frame-rate, even smoother controls, and much, much more content. Super Smash Bros Brawl caused a major boom at the E3 conference and afterward was named “Fighting Game of the Year.” SSBB was popularized by the playable characters and the players’ ability to play against anyone in the world over Wi-Fi.

On the negative side, the wiimote controls for this game are terrible. I would rather use the GameCube control. Other things have been added, but are extremely cheap if you are in complete competition. Out of the 41 stages, a lot of them have common lag and cheap factors such as complete ice, outside attacks, and scrolling stages.

But aside from those things, the stage ideas blew my mind. Some stages are based on levels from classic games like Donkey Kong and Mario Bros. And others have cool concepts like Wario Ware Inc., where you have to do mini games and battle in between the breaks. Another is PictoChat, in which you battle while drawing appears as obstacles.

Bottom Line

After a couple of months, this game might get boring. But then again I haven’t described the deal behind the incredibly long story mode, stage builder, and the online battles. But you should buy the game and experience it if you want to know how they go. The series has been corrupted with lag every once and awhile, but the character collection is amazing, and the overall challenge of the game has greatly risen.

The graphics are great though they still have some minor cross-over glitch effects. Gameplay is excellent with the GameCube control, and not so much with the wiimote.


The over-all challenge of the game on the hardest level is in my opinion 7 out of 10, and 9 out of 10 for novice players.

I give this game and honest earning of 9.6, one of the best fighting out there, next to Soul Calibur and Tekkan of course.

Anyway, good job Smash Bros. Many others as well as I are much anticipating the 4th installment for 3DS and WiiU. Just don’t take it too far and ruin it.