Parents' Guide to

Super Smash Bros. Melee

By Kimberly Reyes, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Easy-to-play fighting game is hard to master.

Game Nintendo GameCube 2001
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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 9 parent reviews

age 10+

A rating that didn’t age well

Many people are probably super confused why this game and it’s wii sequel were rated T for teen. Many younger players weren’t able to remember a time when E10+ didn’t exist, hence the T rating. If possible, the ESRB should go back and change the rating. However, the game is almost 20 years old and Brawl is around 12 years old. There’s no point as new copies haven’t been released in years. If you find an old copy, I recommend it for the family. Each game in the series has cartoon violence, as it’s basically Street Fighter with Nintendo Licensing. There’s also fake guns starting with melee (which is what earned it the T-rating). However there is no bloodshed, characters get knocked out instead.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
age 10+

rated T for errevavant

its not THAT bad first of all the only "bad" part is a character called snake (witch is absent in the PAL ver.) and he kinda swears but honestly its like a PG13 movie witch kids DO watch with there parents and some parents dont have a proplem with there kids watch rated R movies so i give this title a 10+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9):
Kids say (51):

Even adults will have to spend time mastering complicated moves like Luigi's airplane spin or Zelda's midair flame attack. Luckily, skill and luck go hand in hand, making it fun for kids of all ages and experience levels. You never know when a spaceship may come out of the background to interfere with your fight, or an object with the power to heal -- like a heart container -- may appear for your use, affecting the outcome. Also, games can be tweaked to give certain players an advantage.

The game has had a fantastic graphic facelift since the Nintendo 64 version. Samus' and Bowser's fire attacks look like they are popping out of the screen and Mute City is so incredibly saturated in colors that players can't help to stop fighting and admire when playing for the first time. All in all, Super Smash Bros Melee will certainly raise the volume of the room as players scream at the TV in elation, frustration, and shock.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo GameCube
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: December 3, 2001
  • Genre: Fighting
  • ESRB rating: T
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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