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An N64 classic.,
This review is from: Super Smash Brothers (N64) (Video Game)
I borrowed this off a friend years ago and I liked it so much that I've bought it now.
If you're reading this with interest after playing the GC game then you'll be instantly at home with the game. Otherwise, this is the basic game structure:
You start with a 0%, no health bar or anything. You attack the other players (up to 4 simultaneously) using kicks, punches, throws or items and as they are hurt the percentage rises. The higher the percent the further they fly. If you can get them to fly out of the arena you get a point and they beam back into the arena. Repeat until time is over! You can set options such as lives, teams.. but it plays in the same style.
This is how the game is on single and multiplayer, but on single there are bosses and bonus levels. The bonus levels are good- each character has 2 of their own, break all the targets and land on the platforms. You have to use all your characters individual abilities to do this and it's really surprisingly fun.
Going back to it show's how much the GC game improved it- it basically improves every area, there isn't really much the N64 game does better. That's not putting this game down, but after the GC game you'll notice that in this one you can't air dodge, and the general game feels just a bit less elegant.
The graphics are good, a bit angular, but really you cant ask for more when it moves so fluidly.
The music is another high point, classic themes from the various games are here and it's nice to hear them again.
It doesn't have the epic single player that the GC game has, but it is fun, and also just playing the normal vs games with CPU is fun as it can be adjusted to your taste.
The items are great as they add surprise and are also helpful for the beginner.
The game is fun for anyone to play, it's not kiddy as it may look, underneath the colour and cute lies a pretty deep and absorbing game. It really is among the best multiplayer games on the N64- definitely up there with Perfect Dark, GoldenEye, Mariokart, and great for something different to those genres and traditional fighing games.
If you own the GC game then I'd say that this is not so much worth a purchase as it's really so similar but alot less. Having said that, it's nice to see the origins of the game and whether you've experienced it in another form or not you'll enjoy it.