Super Smash Bros. Melee

Game review by Kimberly Reyes, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

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

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 97 reviews

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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.

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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+

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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