Super Smash Bros. Melee

Game review by
Kimberly Reyes, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Easy-to-play fighting game is hard to master.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 95 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

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


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


Characters and backgrounds from other games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMacintyre April 9, 2008
Adult Written byi love it 14 July 7, 2014


very fun game but not the best in the series.
Kid, 10 years old June 12, 2010


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... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDAz mongoose December 4, 2015

Pure awesome

Gamecube, Gamecube, gamecube...
Well, its for gamecube, so yeah, its amazing.

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: June 3, 2019

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