Smash Bros. Brawl is a Sequel’s Dream Come True on the Wii

reply_card [Converted]Over the past two years, Nintendo has man­aged to hold its own in the console wars by rely­ing on home-grown titles and sequels to already popular games. With the success of games like “Wii Sports,” “WarioWare: Smooth Moves,” “Wii-Fit,” “Pa­per Mario” and “Big Brain Academy,” it seems that Nintendo’s future rests on the successes of its most cherished franchises. With that be­ing said, a game like “Super Smash Bros.: Brawl” was destined to become a million-seller months before it came out. Nevertheless, the sequel is not only one of the best games currently avail­able on the system, it’s easily the best game in the series.

Sporting some of the best graphics on the system to date, “Super Smash Bros.: Brawl” is a feast for the eyes. Never before has a game in this series looked so solid. From the colorful backgrounds to the hair and body effects of the characters, everything looks fantastic and will be a driving force in why you become addicted from the first time you turn the game on.

Featuring over 35 characters and online support, “Brawl” is the deepest and most en­joyable title on the Wii. With classic characters like Mario, Kirby, Pikachu and Link, in addition to Solid Snake and Sonic the Hedgehog being added to an already beefy lineup, Brawl has a character that everyone will enjoy playing. Con­sidering how different the characters are from one another, avid fans of the series will have an absolute blast playing through the game with each of them.

However, if there was a reason to play “Brawl,” it would to strut your stuff online. Hav­ing the opportunity to play with a classic con­troller, GameCube controller or the Wiimote, every player under the sun has a reason to give this game a shot. While it doesn’t feature voice chat or any of the other little nifty op­tions available on other current generation platforms, it does offer a more than sturdy gameplay experience that is always full of opponents and virtually lag free. When Nin­tendo finally mustered the courage to foray into online gaming, it’s obvious that this was the kind of experience they were shooting for: One that is free, fast-paced fun for ev­eryone involved.

Also new in this addition to the series is the ability to take pictures and video of your in-game exploits and send them to people on your friends list. This option gives the game even more replayability and gives you another thing to do in an already deep game. Even after play­ing through the game and unlocking everything, you may find yourself taking pictures of your characters and sending them to your friends.

When the sum of its parts is added up, “Brawl” has it all: Amazing graphics, a bevy of gameplay options and every control option you could think of, making it a must own game on the Wii and a reason why sequels may not be so bad after all.

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Patrick Hickey Jr. is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Master Jedi and Grand Pooh-bah of and is the author of the book, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers," from leading academic and non-fiction publisher McFarland and Company. He is currently the Assistant Director of the Journalism Program at Kingsborough Community College and is a former News Editor at NBC Local Integrated Media and a National Video Games Writer at the late He has also had articles and photos published in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Complex and The Syracuse Post-Standard. Love him. Read him.

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