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This review is from: Super Smash Brothers Brawl for Nintendo Wii
Pros: Fantastic game from the ground up.
Wide variety of characters, 39 Characters to choose from, with 14 of those needing to be unlocked, each one unique in various ways.
Vastly expanded Single player mode (Subspace Emissary) that has an actual story, compared to Melee's single player.
Various Challenges to unlock music, trophies, stickers, etc.
Stickers add a new depth to Single Player.
Difficulty level ranging from very easy to sadistically hard.
Online play (it's worked 95% of the time for me) adds a ton of fun for people who don't have friends that can come over and play.
The added Custom Stage Builder feature makes the list of possible stages as long as you system/SD Card can hold.
TONS of collectibles (trophies, Stickers, music, etc.).
Boss Battles add a new element of difficulty to the series.
Everything in Stadium mode has been improved, and made a little more difficult than Melee's.
Iconic characters like Sonic and Snake have joined the fray.
Cons: Character tripping can get annoying at times, but can sometimes level the playing field.
With multiplayer, new people tend to just button mash and not develop a strategy or skill with the game.
To the unobservant, some characters can seem like clones. (Ness is not the same as Lucas, as their move behave differently. For example, Ness' PK Fire move hits the enemy and becomes a pillar of fire and does more damage if the enemy stays there. Lucas' PK Fire move, when it hits the enemy, does more damage at first and has more knockback, but is more of an explosion and does not linger like Ness').
Online has some lag (but now that the game's been out for awhile, the lag seems to have reduced a lot)
Unless you have an SD Card with your save file on it, taking the game elsewhere will require you to unlock the characters again
Friend Code sharing is generally annoying. Nintendo needs online profiles and a standard friends feature. (THIS IS NOT A PROBLEM WITH THE GAME ITSELF, JUST NINTENDO)
Other Thoughts: Overall, I would consider this to be one of, if not THE, best game on the Wii. Friends or not, you can get hundreds of hours of fun out of this game. This game did what most sequels fail to do: Take everything from the predecessors and enhance it and improve it, while still adding new things, to make it feel like a whole new experience, and an old familiar one at the same time. With so many features, fantastic gameplay, and extremely minor problems, I have to honestly say that, in my opinion, this is one of the greatest games ever made, and is a must-have for anyone that owns a Wii.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: New Super Mario Bros. Wii for Nintendo Wii
Pros: The new items introduced are fun, along with the other items introduced in the first New Super Mario Bros. game.
Yoshi's in this game. 'Nuff said.
Great level design, as usual.
The Koopalings from Super Mario Bros. 3 have returned.
The lack of the ability to save whenever is balanced with the fact that there are 3 save files.
Interactive overworld map.
Controls are easy to pick up and learn, but can be difficult to master.
For newcomers, the hints you can get with your star coins are great for helping them discover secrets.
Cons: The Blue Koopa shell from the original is not here (and the penguin suit is nowhere near as satisfying). (personal gripe)
Co-op players can really get in the way of each other, especially with radically different skill levels.
A bit too easy, until the last level and some of the special world levels.
For veterans, the hint movies can feel like the game wants to hold your hand while you play, but are still optional.
Other Thoughts: Overall, a good game. While it didn't bring much to the franchise, it did brong back old characters that had been forgotten for several years.
For a veteran of the Mario franchise (like myself) the game shouldn't prove to be too difficult until near the very end and on the special stages... Unless you want to get all of the Star Coins. The star coins are by-far the hardest part of this game, and while the majority of them were fun and interesting to find, there's a certain special world level where I felt getting them was borderline sadism.
For an average casual gamer, the game will likely prove to be more challenging and more frustrating, if you let it get to you.
For the co-op, make sure you are playing with someone who is close to your skill level, otherwise, it proves to make the game unenjoyable.