Parents' Guide to

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Fun, cartoonish, multiplayer Wii fighting game.

Game Nintendo Wii 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 30 parent reviews

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.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
1 person found this helpful.
age 14+
The game in general should be 11+. But it's extremely difficult.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (30 ):
Kids say (275 ):

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.

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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