Nintendo unleashes a smash hit

Michael Szabo

The screen lights up, the Wii whirls and Nintendo’s masterpiece finally comes to life. Super Smash Bros. Brawl is the third game is its series and by far the best.At the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $49.99, this game is worth every penny. The third installment, rated T, brings us all of the traditional fighting that has been perfected on the previous games and incorporates new moves, levels, characters and story.SSBB can be docked for being a fancy version of its cousins, but the resemblance is only skin deep. The controls are much the same and it can be played with either the Wii controller or the classic GameCube controller.The single-player mode involves either classic mode, the tried and true fighting style of one opponent after the other until no more are left, or the story mode.Story mode is a little bit of a letdown with long load times, lots of cut scenes, mostly boring fights and random enemies being thrown left and right at your character of choice.Multiplayer is what this game was created for, so this is where it shines. The graphics for the fighters are marginally better; however, the levels and landscapes behind them have been massively upgraded.Almost every level has something interactive to do with the fights, whether it be dodging lava or speeding karts and cars, playing mini-games during the fight, or dodging incoming fire from passing aircraft. If you’re not one of the people fighting, chances are you’re watching the beautifully designed backgrounds and music tailored to every level.There is online play as well, but at the moment it is a bit slow, which Nintendo will hopefully fix as soon as they start charging for online play. You can bet on other players with coins from the game if you choose, or emerge yourself into the battles.Unlockables are also back, being as numerous as before, including fighters, levels, achievements and music. Each is kept track of in a separate part of the game and when you unlock one of these, you can get hints for on how to unlock a few more.This game is one that will keep both advanced players and new ones alike entertained for hours on end. SSBB is worth getting for any Wii owner, and should be looked into for anybody remotely interesting in fighting games. Let the games begin.