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Super Smash Bros. Review

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Super Smash Bros. Review

Remember that awesome Super Smash Bros. TV commercial where Mario trips Yoshi? That moment alone was enough to convince me to try this game. So, the next time I was at the video rental store, I just had to grab Super Smash Bros. I took the game home, plopped it into my Nintendo 64, and got lost in one of the most fun, and addictive games I’ve ever played – keep in mind, I haven’t discovered my love for Tetris yet. That same month, I ventured out and purchased a copy for my collection.

supersmashbros_ss1As a concept, putting a bunch of Nintendo’s marquee mascots in a brawling environment is pure brilliance; however, there isn’t much of a story to support this crossover. The only reason you are given actually happens before the title screen appears. Master Hand picks two characters from a kid’s toy bin, creates a battle arena, and then makes them fight. Eight of Nintendo’s most famous characters star in this game: Mario, Pikachu, Link, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Samus, Fox, and Kirby.

Not only does the appeal for a game like Super Smash Bros. originate from its use of Nintendo characters, but also in its simplicity. It’s definitely not a traditional fighter by any means; Nintendo and Hal stripped Super Smash Bros. down to just two major attack buttons. Also, instead of giving characters a health meter, the objective is to damage you opponent until they are weak enough to be launched from the stage.

The A button is used for standard attacks, and can be matched with any direction to create a basic attack. The B button, however, is used for special attacks, of which each character has three unique moves. You can perform special attacks by pressing B, B+Up, and B+Down. Of course, these special moves are largely based on moves and power-ups from the characters’ respective games. However, there are still smash attacks, grab attacks, and air attacks at your disposal.

Smash attacks are activated by literally “smashing” the analog stick in any direction, in combination with the A button. These moves are devastating and serve as a means to smash your opponent out of the arena; grabbing and throwing your opponent can also be useful for launching them into orbit. Of course, there are also air attacks, grabbing the ledge, and dodging techniques, but I won’t be covering every nuance in this review.

supersmashbros_ss3Super Smash Bros. is definitely a dream title for Nintendo fans, because it is fan service at its finest. Speaking of fan service, there are stages based on the Mushroom Kingdom, Donkey Kong Country, Dream Land, Hyrule, etc. These stages all have unique obstacles, and playing on them all is part of the Super Smash Bros. experience. Super Smash Bros. supports up to four players, so the stages can feel crowded, and mayhem usually ensues. Adding to the mayhem are item drops, featuring a variety of items from major Nintendo franchises. Pick up a Super Star and gain invincibility, grab a Bob-omb and launch it before it explodes in your hands, or throw a Poké Ball to summon one of many Pokémon programmed into the game. It’s fast and chaotic, which ultimately spells fun for everyone.

There aren’t many modes in Super Smash Bros., though this is something that is remedied in future iterations. The main mode is simply called the 1P Game, which is an arcade style tournament that challenges you to beat every character, including Master Hand. VS Mode is where the four player mayhem begins. You can choose your rules in this mode, which can be either stock or timed matches, or team variations of those same rules. This is largely considered the main draw for Super Smash Bros., and I have to agree. Countless nights were spent enjoying this game, alongside GoldenEye 007, of course.

It’s hard to criticize a game’s graphics from 1999, but Super Smash Bros. holds up quite well thanks to intelligent design. With that being said, the characters are noticeably blocky, and there are a few instances of cardboard cutouts, which looked weird then, and even weirder now. Sound wise, Super Smash Bros. knocks it out of the park by bringing popular theme songs from each respective franchise.


5/5 D-Pads: Super Smash Bros. isn’t just a great game, it’s a masterpiece. It has a fun 1-player arcade mode, and an absolutely brilliant VS Mode that supports four players. Super Smash Bros. also has extreme replay value, mostly because of its VS Mode, but there is a small list of unlockables, including four awesome Nintendo characters. If you have a Nintendo 64, you owe it to yourself to add this game to your collection, if only for weekend drinking sessions.

Win Set of Limited Edition Kirby Round Playing Cards

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Want to win a set of those awesome looking Kirby Round Playing Cards? Well you can enter to win over at Club Nintendo by doing one of two things. Your first option is to purchase the game, enter its pin at Club Nintendo, and complete the registration survey by October 31, 2012. Secondly, you can enter for free by sending in a Post Card with your details during the promotional period.

For all the contest details, check out the promotional page at Club Nintendo.

Kirby’s 20th Anniversary Dream Collection Launch Trailer Confirms Awesome Package

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There are tons of awesome Kirby games out there, so why not throw six of the best on one disc to celebrate his 20th anniversary? It really just isn’t the games that make this package awesome, it’s everything else that you will get! Episodes of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, new challenged levels, a Kirby museum, a soundtrack with 40 awesome Kirby tunes, and a booklet giving insider information.

If Super Mario All-Stars is any indication, Kirby’s 20th Anniversary Dream Collection won’t be on the market for long. Better to snatch one up before Nintendo discontinues the limited edition bundle.

New Club Nintendo Reward – Limited Edition Kirby Medal

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Nintendo has added a limited edition Kirby Medal to Club Nintendo to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the pink warrior. This medal will run you 600 Coins and there are only 1000 of them being made available. Head over now to see if you can grab one.

Get Limited Edition Kirby Medal at Club Nintendo

Nintendo Attempting Guinness World Record to Celebrate Kirby’s 20th Anniversary

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On September 1st, Nintendo is going to try and break the Guinness World Record for most people blowing a chewing gum bubble simultaneously. The record stands at 304 people, so how does Nintendo break this record? With your help of course!

At the Pax Prime conference on Sept. 1st, Nintendo is encouraging consumers to participate in this Guinness World Record attempt. There will be some prizes to be won, including Kirby’s Dream Collection, pink t-shirts to be worn, and a ton of chewing gum bubbles!

Here are the details, oh, and you must have a PAX badge to attend the event.

Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012
Event time: 2-3 p.m. Pacific Time
Check in: 1 p.m. Pacific Time
PAX Prime Conference
Washington State Convention Center
Expo Hall Queue Area
Level 4, Room 4A
800 Convention Place
Seattle, WA 98101

Kirby Mass Attack Review

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Kirby has been a Super Star, a ball of yarn, and has even been limbless at one point. Now, Kirby faces another quirky adventure and he isn’t alone. Kirby Mass Attack features not just one Kirby, but ten! The adorable pink puffball has been split into ten weaker versions of himself by the villainous Necrodeus, in an attempt to rule the land of Pop Star. Necrodeus, taking advantage of the weaker Kirbys, manages to defeat all but one. One Kirby manages to make an escape to a nearby planet called Green Grounds. Here he finds a piece of himself that was lost in the attack, his heroic heart. Read more

Kirby’s Dream Land Review

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Kirby’s Dream Land marks the first appearance of the lovable little guy. Developed by Hal Laboratory and originally released in 1992, Kirby’s Dream Land is designed with the beginner audience in mind. However, there is a lot here that will appeal to other gamers as well. This is especially true for those curious about the origins of the Kirby series. Read more

Kirby’s Block Ball Review

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Nintendo has proved time and time again that Kirby is one of their most versatile characters. Kirby has showed up in pinball games, platformers, fighting games and even his very own “breakout” game. Kirby’s Block Ball isn’t a standard Breakout clone either; in fact, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how well this concept is executed by Nintendo. Read more