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Super Smash Bros Melee - Players' Choice (GameCube)

by Nintendo
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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  • Features a slew of Nintendo all-stars including Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Kirby, Yoshi
  • Fight in familiar Nintendo landscapes, from Donkey Kong's jungle to Link's Zelda universe
  • See your old favorites as never before on the GameCube
  • For 1-4 players
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Game Information

  • Platform:   GameCube
  • ELSPA Minimum Age: 3
  • Media: Video Game

Product details

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  • ASIN: B00008WKYU
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.6 x 1.6 cm ; 159 g
  • Release Date: 11 April 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,529 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description Review

Normally, Nintendo contract players like Mario, Pikachu, Link, Donkey Kong, Bowser and Kirby are generally happy and well-mannered, but in Smash Bros. Melee the pleasantries get thrown out and the gloves (except for Mario's) come off. This update of the N64 favourite has these and other video game icons in furious, yet utterly absurd fisticuffs that usually make for a smashing good time. Just make sure you have at least one human opponent to pound on.

Starting off with 14 characters (there are an additional 11 to be unlocked), the basic premise of having Nintendo's stars beat on each other until the timer runs out is pretty standard. However, much emphasis is put on knocking opponents off ledges while avoiding the same fate. In typical Nintendo manner, there are many power-ups to assist you in the melee. The actual combat isn't as intricate as other fighting games, however the ultra-cartoony layout of the many, many arenas sometimes adds a strategic element not usually found in fighting games.

Melee's strength lays in the mayhem created in four-player fights. The camera does an excellent job of positioning itself so all combatants are constantly visible. Also, Melee sports some of the best visuals seen in a Nintendo product. All of the characters are highly detailed, and the movements of each are smoothly infused with personality; Donkey Kong lumbers and Princess Peach fights with grace.

As the multiplayer mode is the key reason for this game's existence, the single player mode is decidedly weak. There's an adventure mode that plays somewhat like an old-school, side-scrolling Mario game. Sadly, despite its good looks, its gameplay is rather uninspired. This game is clearly at its best when there are two or more players with controllers in their hand. --Mark Brooks


"Eye-singeing multiplayer, ingenious moves...and some of the sweetest looks yet squeezed from the 'Cube. 91%." -- NGC Magazine

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Cube owner must have this game! 27 Jun. 2006
By Jon
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is one of the main reasons why people buy a Gamecube, and I can see why! Pretty much all the well known Big N characters are available to select, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.
For example...
Bowser is slow and heavy, but his attacks can be strong and can be difficult to throw out the arena
Pikachu is very quick and good attack damage but his small frame can make him get thrown out of the arena quite easily

Good choice of battle grounds/arenas as well, and enough weapons to keep the battle interesting.
Loads of game modes as well, including Adventure, training, Melee, Mission, etc and with up to 4 players to battle with, it'll be a fun game to play for hours

Overall, a great game that must be included in your Gamecube library! Even until Brawl comes out, you still need to get this if you have the Wii as well!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SMASH! 22 May 2006
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is the most surprising i've ever played, I didnt buy another game for neary 2 years.

Fast paced fighting action with 31 weapons ranging from Bob-ombs to Pokeballs to the Metal Box,

there are millions of features and extra touches that i still come across now,

At first this game seems daunting (especially against a veteran) but soon you'll be pounding Giga Bowser and the Crazy Hand, with a bit of practice.

My most played multiplayer ever, recording everyones name and stats.

Loads of unlockable characters and levels, trophies to collect, and game modes that make this a must! (Home-Run Contest anyone?)

And amazing title music that will leave u chanting for your next game

Power time - 601.56 hours

Vs play match total - 2961

Kos - 4718
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably my favourite GC game... 4 Sept. 2005
Format:Video Game
I got this on the day of release (not the Player's Choice one though), and I think it has my highest time for any of my GC games.
If you've played the N64 game, this will be instantly recognisable, and basically the same but improved on in all areas.
If you haven't then it's very simple to get into.
Each character has the same controls for regular attacks- they all use directions with the A button, and you can do A+direction to perform a Smash Attack, which is more powerful and can be held to charge up power. Also each character has special attacks on B which are different depending on the character- eg. Pikachu has electric attacks and Mario has firballs etc. You also get thows, shield and the new ability to dodge. It's all very simple, but surprisingly deep. There are no multi button combo's to remember or anything like that, so beginners stand a better chance.
There are lots of items to make matches a bit more exciting, which you can adjust to your taste. All of them are recognisable to Nintendo fans- fire flowers, red shells, bob-ombs, pokeballs etc.
The arenas are also recognisable with their music- my favourite is Samus' level with the raising lava.
In the game you don't have a health bar, you have a percentage which raises as you get hit, the higher the percent the further you fly when you get hit. If you are hit out of the arena then you are instantly brought back to the arena, and after the time limit the scores are counted.
There are other modes to play, you can have health if you want, or lives, collect the most coins, style points etc.
The game can be played with up to 4 players on screen (more cpu characters on certain modes), or even a tournament for up to 64, but single player is surprisingly complete.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hate Beat-em-ups? Love this! 12 Aug. 2002
Format:Video Game
I'll keep this one brief as there are plenty of reviews. I hate beat-em-ups so this game was my wife's choice. Now she won't play against me because I've played it to much and keep beating her!
Plenty of blasts from the past in the form of the characters and trophies (which keep things fun... to nick a phrase "Gotta get em all"... or something similar).
A great muti-player game and it's much better than I thought it would be in one player mode. Like all games it's a subjective thing but I'd definitely recommend this one to all Nintendo fans who want to see their pixelated heroes (Bowser) smash their most hated characters (Princess Peach) once and for all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great game! 18 Sept. 2006
By Joe G
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
A very fun game, however the camera is hard to get used to. It zooms right out, which is sometimes hard to play with. But the characters and levels are really fun. You can play as a handful of the best characters from Nintendo history, as well as unlocking a lot more in hidden places.

There are also quite a few extras. You can play in an adventure mode, as well as collecting trophies of nearly all the Nintendo characters.

Overall, this game is really great, and it is well worth buying.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure genius... 13 July 2006
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Sounds rubbish doesn't it? Some famous Nintendo characters punching and kicking each other... But no, it is pure quality. It offers enjoyment forever! It is a game you can play by yourself or with a bunch of mates, no matter what, it is still really fun!

I have owned this game for nearly 3 years, and i still pick up the old Gamecube controller to have a bit of top notch cartoon-crunching awesome melee mayhem fun! (basically... if you don't own it... get it!)
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