Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Japanese: 大乱闘 スマッシュ ブラザーズ X, Dairantō Sumasshu Burazāzu Ekkusu, Great Fray Smash Brothers X) is the third installment of the Super Smash Bros. series. It was due for release December 3, 2007 on the Nintendo Wii in North America. However, it was delayed and was eventually released March 9th, 2008.
Following its predecessors, Brawl uses a battle system unlike that of typical fighting games. Players can choose from a large selection of characters, each attempting to knock their opponents off the screen as they fight on various stages. Instead of using traditional health bars that start at 100% and lose value, Brawl characters start the game with 0% and the value rises as they take damage. However, damage will continue to increase beyond 100%, up to 999%, because it's impossible to be killed in this way. As a character's percentage increases, the character flies farther back when hit. When a character is knocked beyond a stage's boundary and disappears from the screen, the character loses either a life or a point depending on the mode of play. Brawl includes a function which allows players to create profiles with personalized button configurations for each control method along with their chosen username.
The characters fight each other using a variety of attacks. Players execute each move by pressing a button in conjunction with a tilt of the control stick or a press of the D-pad, depending on the mode of control. In addition to basic attacks, characters have access to more powerful moves, known as smash attacks. Each character has four unique moves, which often cause effects besides damage to an opponent. Brawl introduces the ability to perform character-specific super attacks, referred to as "Final Smash" moves. Significantly more powerful than regular attacks, these moves have a wide variety of effects that range from nearly unavoidable blasts to temporary transformations. Final Smash moves may be performed upon destroying a Smash Ball, an item bearing the Smash Bros. logo.
Characters can use items ranging from projectiles to melee weapons; each has a different effect on the characters around it. Although many items have returned from previous Super Smash Bros. games, new ones have been introduced as well. Some returning items have changed appearance and function. Two varieties of items, Assist Trophies and Poké Balls, temporarily summon guest characters and Pokémon, respectively, that generally aid the summoner. They cannot be controlled by players and are usually invincible.
In addition to the standard multiplayer mode, Brawl features other multiplayer modes and options in Group mode. Special Melee from the previous game returns as Special Brawl. In this mode, players are able to battle in matches using special rules for a greater level of customization. Whereas previously standard options such as Giant Melee or Invisible Melee were limited to one feature per match, players may now select multiple options for a single match. Another returning game type, Tourney mode (formerly Tournament mode), enables players to create an elimination-based tournament with a large number of game-controlled or human-controlled opponents. The Rotation feature has been introduced in Brawl, which allows up to 16 players to compete in sequence by switching out winners or losers after each round.
Like its predecessors, Super Smash Bros. Brawl includes various modes of play from the previous game designed for a single player. Classic mode, as the name implies, is a classical approach to the game, in which players fight individual characters in a selected order. Each match features an arena or opponent from a particular series, such as The Legend of Zelda or Pokémon. Several matches have a unique battle condition, such as a metal opponent or a two-on-two team battle. Similar to Classic mode are All Star mode and Boss Battles, where the player has only one life to defeat all of the playable characters and bosses, respectively.
Brawl features Events, which are matches with predetermined battle conditions such as defeating opponents within a time limit or reaching a specific goal. New to single-player mode, each of the 62 Events has three difficulty levels, with a distinct high score recorded for each. In addition to the normal set of 41 Events played with a single player, a smaller set of 21 two-player Events is included.
Stadium mode is a collection of objective-oriented minigames, or small games within the game. Returning from the two previous games is the Target Smash! minigame, in which the player must break 10 targets as quickly as possible. Additionally, items scattered across the stage are available for use. In the Home-Run Contest, the player must beat Sandbag to inflict as much damage as possible in 10 seconds, then strike it with a Home-Run Bat. Updated from Melee, all Stadium mode minigames feature cooperative or competitive multiplayer.
The Subspace Emissary mode is a side-scrolling adventure in the style of a platformer, inspired by the Mario and Kirby games. However, it retains all basic mechanics of Super Smash Bros., such as a damage meter, stocks and Smash-style attacks. The mode features a world map where stages are selected; once a stage is selected, the difficulty can be chosen, and the character(s) will enter the stage. The selectable characters will change depending on the plot; a character selection screen has been shown, but it is not clear whether the characters are chosen before selecting a stage or after. According to various movies shown at E for All, if you follow the plot without exiting the adventure mode, the screen will sometimes freeze and you'll be able to select a character depending on who's on the screen. For example, when Mario, Peach, Zelda and Kirby prepare to battle the subspace invaders back in the stadium, the cinematic will freeze and you'll get to choose between any of these 4 characters with a simple cursor. Kirby, Meta Knight, and King Dedede all have very large roles in the Subspace Emissary, Kirby more so then any other character.
Brawl allows the player to select between 35 characters. Some can transform into alternate forms, with different move sets and play styles. Some are new, but others return from Melee—in some cases updated or refined, either in appearance, fighting capabilities, or both. For example, Link and Fox have adopted designs from more recent titles, while Samus has gained the ability to change into a new form, Zero Suit Samus.
Some previously represented series have had more characters added to Brawl. Diddy Kong from the Donkey Kong series and Ike from the Fire Emblem series make their first appearance in the Smash Bros. series. Other newcomers are the first to represent their series. These include characters such as Pit, representing the Kid Icarus series for the first time since the 1991 Game Boy game Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters, and Wario, from Nintendo's WarioWare series and an occasional antagonist of Mario's. Solid Snake, the main protagonist of Konami's Metal Gear franchise, and Sonic the Hedgehog from Nintendo's former rival Sega are the first third-party characters to appear in a Super Smash Bros. game.
- Donkey Kong
- Ice Climbers
- Diddy Kong
- King Dedede
- Meta Knight
- Pokémon Trainer
- Captain Falcon
- Mr. Game & Watch
- Toon Link
Here is a list of all stages in Brawl. Using the new custom stage feature, you can create a stage to fit your criteria. There are also stages that return from Melee.
- Bridge of Eldin
- Castle Siege
- Delfino Plaza
- Distant Planet
- Final Destination
- Flat Zone 2
- Frigate Orpheon
- Green Hill Zone
- Luigi's Mansion
- Lylat Cruise
- Mario Bros.
- Mario Circuit
- Mushroomy Kingdom
- New Pork City
- Pirate Ship
- Pokémon Stadium 2
- Port Town Aero Dive
- Rumble Falls
- Shadow Moses Island
- Spear Pillar
- WarioWare, Inc.
- Yoshi's Island
Stages returning from Melee
- Big Blue
- Green Greens
- Jungle Japes
- Pokémon Stadium
- Rainbow Cruise
- Yoshi's Island
- Meta Knight's Revenge
- The Legendary Air Ride Machine
- Gourmet Race
- Butter Building
- King Dedede's Theme
- Squeak Squad Theme
- Vs. Marx
- 0² Battle (Remix)
- Boss Theme Medley
- Checker Knights
- Forest / Nature Area
- Frozen Hillside
- Songs listed in bold must be unlocked
Several Kirby series trophies appear in Brawl, providing descriptions of different characters, from enemies to heroes.
Stickers are items that can be found in multi-player or solo modes. Each have different abilities. Stickers of characters from the Kirby series are in less quantity than that of other series stickers, oddly. They are also used as power ups on ocasion in SSE.
- Stickers from the Kirby series:
- Dyna Blade (Kirby Super Star)
- Needle Kirby (Kirby 64)
- Big Switch (Kirby & the Amazing Mirror)
- Meta Knight Ball (Kirby Canvas Curse)
- Bonkers (Kirby: Squeak Squad)
- Kirby (Kirby 64)
- Waddle Dee Ball (Kirby Canvas Curse)
- Cupid Kirby (Kirby & the Amazing Mirror)
- Nruff (Kirby 64)
- Cell Phone (Kirby & the Amazing Mirror)
- Hot Head (Kirby: Squeak Squad)
- Blipper (Kirby: Squeak Squad)
- Chef Kawasaki (Kirby Super Star
- Cook Kirby (Kirby Super Star)
- Underwater Kirby (Kirby & the Amazing Mirror)
- King Dedede (Kirby: Squeak Squad)
- King Dedede (Kirby Super Star)
- Whispy Woods (Kirby Super Star)
- Starman (Kirby: Squeak Squad)
- Boxy (Kirby: Squeak Squad)
- Kirby on King Dedede (Kirby 64)
- Waddle Dee (Kirby 64)
- Acro (Kirby 64)
- Box Boxer (Kirby: Squeak Squad)
- Bronto Burt (Kirby 64)
- Candy (Kirby: Squeak Squad)
- Daroach (Kirby: Squeak Squad)
- Gordo (Kirby: Squeak Squad)
- Kirby (Kirby & the Amazing Mirror)
- Kirby (Kirby Air Ride)
- Maxim Tomato (Kirby: Squeak Squad)
- Meta Knight (Kirby: Squeak Squad)
- Perara (Kirby: Squeak Squad)
- Squeaker (Kirby: Squeak Squad)
- Treasure Chest (Kirby: Squeak Squad)
- The Subspace Emissary has many qualities that can be traced back to Kirby Games, particularly Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra.
- Player Two can perform a Space Jump to catch up to Player One, and Player One can Footstool Jump off Player Two.
- Some enemies have similar attack patterns to certain Kirby Enemies:
- Glunder: Sparky
- Glire: Flamer
- Glice: Chilly
- Fire Primid: Hothead
- Jyk: Gordo
- Primid: Knuckle Joe
- Bucculus: Leap
- Towtow: Scarfy
- Spaak: Kracko
- Roader: Wheelie
- Boom Primid: Sir Kibble
- Sword Primid: Sword/Blade Knight
- Mite: Minny
- Bombed: Foley
- Scope Primid: Laser Ball
- Petey Piranha: Twin Woods (Two attackable Targets)
- Porky Minch (1st Part): Heavy Lobster
- Galleom: Combination of Heavy Lobster and Mega Titan
- Ridley/Meta Ridley: Dyna Blade (Shares a few attacks)
- Tabuu (Final Boss): Combination of Marx, Nightmare, Dark Mind and Zero Two
- Enemies being defeated if making contact with water (Shown with Feyeshes)
- Enemies drop items after being defeated
- A World Map with selectable levels
- Levels can be revisited (Milky Way Wishes/Dyna Blade)
- Launch Pads
- The Halberd being involved in a part of the storyline (and itself getting destroyed near the end).
- A point where a boss chases a character and appears indestructible until the actual boss fight
- Golden Boxes containing treasure (Great Cave Offensive and maybe Kirby Squeak Squad)
- King Dedede appears to be evil at first, but is shown to be good.
- The true villain is not revealed until the end.
- Characters can swim in the water (Swim time is limited in Brawl, though)
- Exploding Box Chains
- The Final boss, Tabuu, shares several attacks from numerous final bosses in the Kirby Series:
- Exploding Sparks: Zero Two
- Exerting Electricity: Dark Nebula
- Aimable Lasers: Drawcia Soul (Possibly Master Hand actually)
- Teleporting around the stage: Nightmare
- Near-Fatal Attack: Marx
- Rushing with a Blade: Dark Matter
- Firing a gigantic laser: Marx
- Rapid-Arrow Shooting: Marx
- The Boss Battles Mode is similar to The Arena:
- Healing Items inbetween bosses that are gone after being used
- You get to see who the next boss is
- The bosses are in random order except the Final Boss
- An ally can help you in the battles
- Using a mystical object to transport to the battle (The Arena: Warp Star; Boss Battles Mode: Mystic Light Portal)
- King Dedede was supposed to be in the original Smash Bros., but was cut out due to time constraints.
- Even though this game was made by HAL, there aren't many Kirby-related trophies or stickers.
- The Legendary Air Ride Machine music is similar to that of the Squeak Squad Halberd remix.
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