After playing the original Super Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo 64, I already knew what to expect with Super Smash Bros. Brawl. At least--I thought so at first.
When I popped the game disk in my Wii, I knew what to expect as far as gameplay went. When playing this game, you can either use the Wiimote + Nunchuk combo, Wiimote alone, Gamecube, or Classic Controller in order to play.
Once you start the game, you get the option to immediately start brawling, go into "Classic Mode"--where you simply fight enemies off until you end up fighting the "Master Hand"--fight others via Internet, or go into your vault.
If you're a fan of the Super Smash Bros. series, then you'll automatically be familiar with the controls. You control your character from a 2D perspective and attack whoever is in the area with you. The most common way of killing your enemy is to simply launch them out of the camera's sight. By pressing an attack button and shifting your joystick/pressing your D-pad in a certain direction can you perform special moves that can send your opponents flying to their deaths.
At the bottom of the screen during a brawl is a picture of all the present characters, their number of lives--if necessary--and a percentage. Think of this percentage as debt; if you get hit with a high percentage, you're more likely to go flying out of the screen than if you had 0%. This percentage increases every time you get hit in the game.
Accompanying you in the game are items that you can collect. These items range from koopa shells, bob-ombs, fire flowers, pokeballs; the list seems to go on and on.
When you start the game, you are given a small amount of Nintendo characters to play as and places to play in. Simply by playing the game more can you acheive more characters and places. The following characters are , Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Link, Zelda/Shiek, Fox, Wolf, Falco, Captain Falcon, Kirby, Pikachu, a Pokemon Trainer, Sonic the Hegdehog, Solid Snake, Jigglypuff, Mr. Game & Watch, Ganondorf, R.O.B., Toon Link, Lucario, Lucas, Ness, Marth, Ike, Olimar, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Meta Knight, King Dedede, Samus, and two Ice Climbers. Some of the places you can get are the Mushroom Kingdom, Green Hill Zone, Nintendo DS Pictochat, Game & Watch Land, and many more.
For the story part of this game, you get the option to go through a special story-driven brawl part called "Space Emissary." I won't give any spoilers, but the entire story itself is full of twists and turns as the world of Nintendo is being torn apart by war.
Graphically speaking, this has to be the best-looking game on the Wii. Unlike so many other Wii games, Super Smash Bros. Brawl delivers actual detail to its characters and cutscenes. We probably won't see this much detail in Nintendo's games until the Wii U finally comes out.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl is a must-have if you are a Nintendo fan. This game will make sure you come back to it over and over and over again.
Final Score: 10/10