Super Smash Brothers Melee
Basic Game Info
|Like the other games in the Super Smash Brothers series, SSB:M is a fairly simple-to-learn fighting game. Each button on the controller makes the character do something different, but you don't have to type out super-complicated codes on your controller to make your character do special moves, unlike some fighting game series which will remain nameless. (*cough cough* Soul Calibur, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom...*cough cough*) A simple push of the Control Stick in a direction plus pressing a button will usually give you a result you'll like.|
Because of this simplicity, more importance is placed on using the various types of terrain to your advantage. Different Stages in SSB:M have different challenges to overcome, various heights and levels to play on, etc., which makes gameplay less about "who gets their special move to go off first" and more about "who can outsmart/outmaneuver the other player."
Besides the player vs. player smashing, you can also play through a one-player story mode, unlock secret characters and past stages, and try for all sorts of achievements. Not to mention that you can set up special Versus tournaments with crazy conditions (such as playing while invisible, playing while giant, etc.)
Why I Like the Game So Much
This is part of my favorite games list for several reasons:
- Female characters included in the character list, especially Princess Peach (yay!)
- Not as much emphasis on complicated special moves, as mentioned earlier
- Princess Peach's jump, float, and umbrella jump, which can save her from almost certain death. AWESOME
- Sheer variety of stages to play on, all referencing different games and characters
- It's a crazy mashup of game characters who would ordinarily never see each other in the context of their individual games
- You can challenge yourself by playing against 3 CPU characters who are set to the hardest strength (Lv. 9), or you can give yourself an ego boost by setting them all to Lv. 1 and smashing them all with ease
- It's equally as much fun playing by yourself as it is playing with others
Personal Tips and Tricks
- Want to really confuse somebody? Stay in the air as much as you can, and use Aerial attacks. Bouncing around the stage and never touching ground for too long keeps opponents, whether computerized or human, on their toes.
- Don't rely on Blocking any attacks, especially if you're familiar with other fighting game series. Blocking in this game is set on a timer--if you hold the Block position for too long, your character will be punished with a few seconds of dazed immobility.
- Because attacks are fast and simple, load 'em on as quick as you can hit the buttons. Alternate A and B attacks, jumping, Aerial attacks, and moving around the stage as appropriate. Some characters can even lock others into place by attacking super-fast! (*cough cough* FOX *cough cough*)
- Part of the fun of this game is mind games against a human opponent. Allowing your character to get smacked around just enough to be slightly vulnerable to a KO can cause your opponent to be a little overconfident. Then, when they least expect it--STRIKE! :D