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Super Smash Bros. Brawl a ‘definite buy’


You may have a certain character you like from Nintendo videogames, Mario, Link, Donkey Kong, Kirby, and more. But have you ever thought of a game that would combine some of Nintendo’s greatest characters and have them fight each other?

This is what Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii (the third installment of the Smash Bros. Series) captures in a fun and entertaining way. Veterans of the series will already be used to what the game is like, but for new people Brawl is basically an encyclopedia of Nintendo characters all fighting each other with up to four on a stage at a time. The way a character wins is by knocking the other characters off the stage, usually when they have a high damage percentage.

There is a huge roster of 35 characters in this game, a lot of which you must unlock. This game has many of the same characters of its predecessors – Mario, Link, Zelda, Pikachu, and many more. But don’t think this is just a copy of the other games, it has many new characters to offer, too, such as Captain Olimar (from the Pikmin series), Diddy Kong (from Donkey Kong), Ike (from the Fire Emblem series), and quite a few more. Another great installment to the characters is two non-Nintendo characters, Snake (from the Metal Gear Solid Series) and Sonic the Hedgehog.

In this game you have many different controller options. You can use the basic Wii remote and Nunchuck, the Wii remote sideways, the Wii Classic Controller, and the Gamecube controller. I don’t need to tell you the buttons to the controllers because the controls are fully customizable with endless possibilities of button setup.

In this game you have many more items to use than ever but don’t worry – classic items like the Beam Sword, Bob-omb, Hammer, and Green Turtle Shell are still in Brawl.

New additions include the Golden Hammer, a more powerful version of the normal hammer, but be careful because some Golden Hammers you pick up are actually just squeaky toy hammers that don’t do damage. The most important new item of the game is the Smash Ball.

This is a glowing ball that pops onto the screen and floats around until someone hits it hard enough to break. When the ball breaks the person who broke it starts glowing for a certain amount of time and in that time if you press your special attack button you use your character’s Final Smash.

Each character has a unique Final Smash which can range from Kirby taking characters and items into a pot and cooking them to Mario shooting a huge flameout. These Final Smashes can be game changing so expect people to change their attack direction when the Smash Ball pops out.

The game has many modes on which to play. These modes include Classic mode (from the other Smash Bros.), Brawl mode (where you battle each other), the Subspace Emissary (an exciting adventure mode that links the characters into a storyline), a Stage Builder, and Wi-fimode. In Wi-fiyou can battle against random players across the world or with friends.

This game is a definite buy especially for Nintendo and fighting fans. But this game is great for anybody to play; it draws you in and never wants you to take it out of your Wii again!

Zach Joseph, 13, is a student at Whitesburg Middle School, where he will be in eighth grade.

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