A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This is a kind of King of the Mountain game; where you goal is to knock an opponent off their platform using cartoon violence. While online, you can watch other matches and can use coins earned in the game to bet on the outcome of online matches.
Violence & Scariness
No blood, but this game is chock-full of animated cartoon violence. Characters can punch, kick, pounce, fart, whirl, and beat on opponents.
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Products & Purchases
Part of the Super Smash Bros. franchise. Characters and backgrounds are from other games.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this title -- at its core -- is a fighting game, so those opposed to violence of any kind shouldn't buy this for their kids. This brawler is over-the-top and cartoonish; the fighters don't look real; and there's no blood, gore, or excessive violence. This game handles hand-to-hand combat in a non-realistic and less-graphic way than most fighting games. It's fun to play with up to four friends on the same Wii, or online. The "crude humor" warning likely refers to the character, Wario, who lets out gas from his buttocks!
Is It Any Good?
Having all of these familiar and beloved characters in one game is a treat, not to mention you need to unlock new characters by winning matches since not everyone is available right from the get-go. Up to four players can compete together on one Wii, which makes this a great game to play with friends. New to the series is online play, so you can brawl against friends on another Wii in another city, which works surprisingly well. There's also a new lengthy story-driven mode called The Subspace Emissary, which is essentially a side-scrolling game where one or two players fight against more difficult "boss" characters.
Another aspect of this game that makes it so good is the ability to customize the game. You can tweak everything from the character's special powers, weapons, and moves to the musical score and how the game is controlled (whether you prefer Wii Remote, Wii Remote and Nunchuk, Classic Controller, or the GameCube controller). You can even design your own levels to share online with friends. This eagerly anticipated title is great fun for those new to the franchise or longstanding followers.
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