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Probably my favourite GC game...,
This review is from: Super Smash Bros Melee - Players' Choice (GameCube) (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. There are several modes to play- the main game is a battle through levels to the final boss, or there is an adventure mode with 2d style platform levels. There is still the break the target mode where there are targets you have to destroy in an arena and you have to work out how to destroy all of them, and a sandbag game where you have to hit the sandbag as far as possible. There are other modes too, and also ones you can unlock.
The game has lots of secrets to unlock, modes, levels, characters, also there are nearly 300 trophies to find- these can be found in levels or earned for doing specific tasks. They are like figurines of Nintendo characters that you can read about and look at in detail.
There is a lot of extra detail to the game too- you get awards after a fight for your style, which add to your points, but also there are extra things that you wouldn't get naturally like using only Mario items for example. There are lots of stats that save, like favourite character etc. And you can even name your character so you can see it when you are playing.
This is my favourite game on GameCube and I reccommend it to anyone who enjoys Nintendo's games, as there is something for everyone here, and it is surprisingly tough.