Super Smash Bros.
System: Nintendo 64
Release Date: 1999
When this game was
originally announced, no one knew quite what to make of it. It seemed
promising; a game in which you chose virtually any classic Nintendo
character, and duked it out in anything from 1 Player to 4 Player mode.
Going it alone, all against each other or in teams, there was never a
greater thrill than having Mario kick the living crap out of Pikachu.
great thing was, the more people you had playing the game, the more fun it
was. It's one of those games you'll find yourself high-fiving a teammate, or
wanting to come to blows over what your best friend's Samus did to your Fox
The story of the game
isn't so much imporant, but basically the key point is that these are not
the actual Nintendo characters, but rather toys belonging to a child, who
come to life and wage great battles under his/her command. When you face the
final boss in Tournament Mode, this will make much better sense.
will find yourself able to choose from the true legends of Nintendo-lore,
dating back all the way to the NES. Mario, Link, Kirby, Donkey Kong, Samus
Aran and Fox McCloud are all present. With a little effort, you can unlock
Luigi, Ness, Captain Falcon and Pokemon critters as well. There's lots more
to be discovered, and secret levels as well.
of the great things about the game, is the special attacks. All the
characters possess their trademark special moves. For Mario, you can throw a
fireball, or do a double backflip. Link's sword moves are all intact and
control exactly like they did even in the NES game Zelda II. You can even
have him whip out a bomb or boomerang to pelt the enemy with. Samus uses her
beam cannon, Screw Attack and Ball Bombs to defeat all comers. Kirby can
inhale opponents, swallow them and learn their Special Abilities, to use
against them. Even the Pokemon crew uses authentic moves. And the best part
is, the sound effects are dead on. When Mario jumps, it's the actual
noise from the original SMB. Samus' bombs sound just like they do in the
Super NES Metroid. Link's bombs explode with perfect resonance.
Smash Bros. sold
hundreds of thousands of copies. In the video games business, those numbers
are very impressive. With its quick to pick up control scheme, intuitive
characters and spot-on gameplay mechanics, it's definitely a title any Mario
fan should have in his or her collection.