Super Smash Bros. Melee

Common Sense Media says

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

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game is all about fighting to win, but some of the best fighters are female.

Violence

This is a fighting game but there is no blood or gore. Defeated characters fall from the screen.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Characters and backgrounds from other games.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a fighting game, plain and simple. Be prepared for plenty of non-stop violence (hitting, punching, kicking, as well as using special weapons, such as arrows and bombs). However, there is no blood or gore, and when characters are beaten they just fall from the screen.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

SUPER SMASH BROS. MELEE accommodates from one to four players, providing plenty of gaming options. Choosing from Nintendo characters like Mario or Pichaku, you fight head-to-head in colorful Nintendo-game-themed arenas for prizes and advancement, or just go wild in no-holds-barred melee mode. In stadium mode, players partake in a home run contest (hitting a sandbag character as far as possible), take target practice, and fight in varied melee fighting scenarios against the CPU. This is probably the best mode for single players because there are actual tasks and goals -- not just a one-on-one face-off against the computer.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the characters featured in this game, from Mario to Fox from the Star Fox series. Ask them: Did you realize these are Nintendo characters? How does including these characters help promote other Nintendo products?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo GameCube
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:December 3, 2001
Genre:Fighting
ESRB rating:T for (Nintendo GameCube)

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Kid, 10 years old June 12, 2010
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tips

Alright here are some more tips. First Luigi. On adventure mode end with the third digit as a two. Next Dr. Mario. defeat classic mode with Mario. Pichu's next. defeat event 37#. Mewtwo find a Mew in a pokeball in VS mode. Next Mr.Game&watch defeat classic mode with all characters. And last falco. Defeat 100 man meelee
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Great messages
Kid, 8 years old March 27, 2010
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5
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LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! and wy is it rated "T"?

I HAVE A GAME CUBE I PLAY THE GAME AND NO BLOOD OR GORE AND I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! WY IS IT'S RATED "T"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byegerfamily June 16, 2009
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Long Live Super Smash Brothers!

I love this game. I play it every once and while, but it's definitely worth buying. That doesn't mean anything. The violence is pretty high. Characters can shoot guns, punch, kick, and even hit people with bats, bombs, and numerous other things. It also has a lottery in it, but otherwise I would say it should be changed to E10 or stay the same.

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