Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Game review by Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Fun, cartoonish, multiplayer Wii fighting game.

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 35 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 324 reviews

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age 12+

One of my favorites in the series!

You’re probably wondering: “why is this rated Teen?! It has kid-friendly characters in it!” While this is true, let me explain why this particular game in the franchise is the one game that should be a teen game. Compared to melee, which was also T due to the E10+ rating not being invented until 2005, Brawl has a grittier aesthetic to it. It’s not really a dark enough game to scare off kids, but the story mode is pretty dark in tone. There are some scenes that could reference death (when the characters turn into trophies), but that’s not really necessarily violent. Also, if you simply look at Brawl’s color palette vs the other games, you can tell that Brawl is going for an edgier appeal to reel in the OG smash 64/melee players at the time.

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Easy to play/use
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age 10+

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: March 9, 2008
  • Genre: Fighting
  • ESRB rating: T for Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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