|Super Smash Bros. Melee|
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Super Smash Bros. Melee (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズＤＸ, Dairantō Sumasshu Burazāzu Derakkusu, lit. "Great Fray Smash Brothers Deluxe") was the long awaited sequel to the popular video game on the Nintendo 64, Super Smash Bros. It features a total of twenty five playable characters or twenty nine via the use of Action Replay.
Super Smash Bros. Melee was also the launching point for Fire Emblem characters Marth and Roy around the world. Prior to Super Smash Bros. Melee, Fire Emblem was not very well known in places other than Asia. The inclusion of these two characters in such a popular game brought a large amount of interest into Fire Emblem, and from this numerous Fire Emblem games have now been released.
There is a large community of advanced Super Smash Bros. Melee players who utilize techniques that casual players may not even know about, such as Wave dashing and L-Cancelling. There is even a school that helps players play the game more professionally, according to the TV show Game Head on Spike TV.
The game play is very similar to that of the original. Unlike other fighting games, where the only way to win is to deplete their health, you'll have to knock your opponent off the edge while harming him. In the single player mode, you will be able to chose from either adventure or classic mode, and later in the game all-star mode.
In adventure mode, various Nintendo characters will travel across multiple worlds from the Nintendo series. The first one to adventure to is the Mushroom Kingdom, then Hyrule, and so on. The final battle will be with Bowser. The following is a list of the worlds that the player will encounter in order from first to last.
- Mushroom Kingdom - A sidescroller which includes many of the Goomba and Koopa enemies from the original Super Mario Bros.. In the middle of the level the player will have to fight 10 fairly easy Yoshis. The end boss is Mario and Peach, or on some occasions Luigi and Peach.
- Kongo Jungle - The player will first have to fight two mini versions of Donkey Kong, then fight one large Donkey Kong.
- Hyrule - Go through a maze type level to find the triforce. The player will sometimes encounter easy versions of Link throughout the level. The boss of this world is Princess Zelda.
- Brinstar - The player must first fight Samus Aran, then escape the world by climbing up a huge cave.
- Green Greens - Here the player will first fight Kirby, then fifteen Kirbys with random copy abilities. If the player finishes the multiple Kirby level under thirty seconds, the player will fight a large Kirby.
- Corneria - The player will first have to fight Fox McCloud on the Great Fox. After that, either Fox or Falco will come onto the battle field and call in Arwings to shoot the player.
- Pokémon Stadium - The player will have to fight fifteen Pokémon.
- F-Zero Grand Prix - The player must first run across an F-Zero Grand Prix race dodging the oncoming cars. After that he/she will fight Captain Falcon.
- Onett - The player must fight three Nesses.
- Icicle Mountain - The player will need to climb up a mountain that resembles the game Ice Climber. The player must fight two pairs of Ice Climbers.
- Battlefield - The player will first have to battle fifteen Wire Frames. After that he/she is done and they will fight either Metal Mario or Metal Mario and Metal Luigi depending if Luigi was unlocked or not.
- Final Destination - Here the player will fight Bowser, then he/she will either need to complete the game or fight Giga Bowser depending on what difficulty level that the player is playing on.
Classic mode is similar to the single player mode in Super Smash Bros. where you must go through random battles and mini games such as hit the targets, and race to the finish. The final battle, though, will always be against Master Hand.
All-Star mode will be available once you unlock all the characters. In this mode, you will have to defeat all of the characters in the game with one life. The characters will appear in a random order, and as to progress to the finish the amount of characters you must defeat in one arena will raise from one to two to finally three. In the final level, you will always have to fight twenty five Mr. Game & Watches.
Like the previous game in the series, Super Smash Bros. Melee is one of the most notable and popular multiplayer games in the video game world. There are tons of options that allow you to expand your gaming experience to a new level. These options include choosing which items will appear, and how many, how much time the match will be, or if you want stock, and so many other options as well.
Time match is one of the more popular multiplayer modes in the game. In this mode, you choose how long you want the match to be, then try to get the most kills. If you knock one of your opponents off stage, you will get one point, though if you fall off stage, you will lose one point.
Along with time match, stock match is one of the more popular modes. In this mode, you will choose how many lives each player has, then the last person standing will win. There is no time limit in this mode. unless you add it, of course.
In coin match, you will have to harm your opponent to make coins spur out of him. You will then have to collect the coins to make them go into your coin count. If you get knocked off the stage, you will lose half of your coins, which will all fall on the stage for your opponents to collect. In this mode, there are three types of coins, gold, silver, and copper. The gold coins are the amount of ten coins, the silver amount to five, and the copper is amount to one coin. Who ever has the most coins at the end of the match wins. There is a time limit in this mode.
In this mode, you will have to get the most bonuses to win. In this mode, there is a time limit.
Event matches are a set of fifty one missions that you must complete. While completing the missions, you will often obtain exclusive trophies and levels for the game. The farther up the mission number is, the harder it will be. On some events you will be able to choose the character to play as, while on others the character will already be picked for you. There are also special missions called All-Star matches and Trophy matches. All star matches are missions where you must defeat a certain amount of characters in the game. If you win a trophy match, you will obtain an exclusive trophy.
|Bowser||Heaviest & Slow||Mario series||Beginning|
|Captain Falcon||Mid-heavy and the most resistant to vertical KO because of his fast fall speed.||F-Zero series||Beginning|
|Donkey Kong||Very heavy & powerful, quite fast.||Donkey Kong series||Beginning|
|Dr. Mario||Medium||Dr. Mario series||Beat Classic Mode with Mario without continuing|
|Falco Lombardi||Light, Strong & Fast||Star Fox series||Complete 100-Man Melee|
|Fox McCloud||Light & very Fast||Star Fox series||Beginning|
|Ganondorf||Heavy & Slow but the most powerful character||The Legend of Zelda series||Complete Event 29|
|Ice Climbers||Mid-light.||Ice Climber series||Beginning|
|Jigglypuff||Very light but strong & fast||Pokémon series||Beat Classic or Adventure mode once|
|Kirby||Light and somewhat weak, but has power to behold||Kirby series||Beginning|
|Link||Mid-heavy||The Legend of Zelda series||Beginning|
|Luigi||Medium||Mario series||Finish the first stage of Adventure with a two in the second meter|
|Marth||Mid-light, fast & powerful||Fire Emblem series||Beat Classic mode with fourteen different characters or play as all the starting characters in VS mode|
|Mewtwo||Mid-light||Pokémon series||Play VS mode for twenty hours|
|Mr. Game & Watch||Very light, strong and the worst defense combination in Melee||Game & Watch series||Complete classic, adventure, or target mode with every other character|
|Ness||Mid-light & Fast||Earthbound series||Beginning|
|Pikachu||Light & Fast||Pokémon series||Beginning|
|Pichu||Lightest & Fast but extremely low range and damage recoil on his attacks||Pokémon series||Beat Event 37|
|Princess Peach||Mid-light||Mario series||Beginning|
|Princess Zelda||Light & Fast||The Legend of Zelda series||Beginning|
|Roy||Mid-light||Fire Emblem series||Defeat any 1P mode with Marth|
|Samus Aran||Heavy and floaty with arguably the best recovery when using her advanced recovery techniques properly||Metroid series||Beginning|
|Sheik||Light, very Fast.||The Legend of Zelda series||Beginning|
|Yoshi||Heavy in NTSC version, very Heavy in PAL version||Mario series||Beginning|
|Young Link||Mid-Light & Fast||The Legend of Zelda eries||Beat 1P mode with ten different characters|
Wire Frames are enemies in the game that consists of both Male and Female versions. The Males resemble Captain Falcon (the attacks), and are more powerful and have better defense than Female Wire Frames. Female wire frames resemble Princess Zelda (the attacks), and are faster and have better jumps than Male wire frames. The Wire Frames appear in a few of the game's modes - Both Adventure mode and in classic mode. In each one you must defeat a certain amount of fairly easy Wire Frames (Both Male and Female.). They also appear in some of the other modes such as Cruel Melee, 100-man melee, and 15 minute melee.
Master and Crazy HandEdit
Master Hand first debuted in the Nintendo 64 classic Super Smash Bros.. Much like in the previous game, Master Hand is the boss of the whole game. He will appear as the final boss in Classic mode, and will appear in an event match. If you half his HP before you lose a life against him in normal mode, Crazy Hand will appear along with Master Hand. Crazy Hand has more attacks then Master Hand, and is more deadly. It is suggested that you defeat him first. You have to beat both Master and Crazy Hand to defeat Event 50 in Event Mode.
Sandbag will appear in the Home-Run Contest mini-game. The objective of the game is to attack the Sandbag as much as you can in ten seconds. Right before the ten seconds ends, you must use the base ball bat and swing to make the Sandbag go flying. The farther you go the better. Despite the fact that it looks painful, the game explains that the Sandbag apparently loves to go flying.
Giga Bowser is quite possibly the hardest character to defeat in the whole game. He is big and very powerful. This character is twice as big as the regular Bowser. His appearance looks somewhat odd, though you can see the similarities between him and Bowser. You will encounter Giga Bowser in adventure mode if you beat it on normal or harder in eighteen minutes or less. You will also see him in event match 51, where he will fight alongside Mewtwo and Ganondorf.
- Crate - Contains items, or will randomly explode
- Barrel - Item from Donkey Kong, will first roll and then explode when it hits something.
- Capsule - Small container with one item inside, has 12.5% chance of exploding when thrown.
- Chansey Egg - Item from the Pokémon series, Either contains items, used to regain health, or a bomb.
- Party Ball - Biggest container, has lots of items inside (that can include food and bombs)
- Maxim Tomato - Item from the Kirby series, replenishes 50% of all health.
- Heart - Item from The Legend of Zelda series, replenishes 100% of health.
- Food - Many different types of food, replenishment depending what it is.
- Star - Item from the Mario series, gives you invincibility for a short time.
- Warp Star - Item from the Kirby series, takes you high up, then drops you on top of players at a high speed.
- Super Mushroom - Item from the Mario series, makes you very large for a short time.
- Poison Mushroom - Item from the Mario series, makes you very small for a short time.
- Bunny Hood - Item from The Legend of Zelda series, Lets you jump much higher, run faster, and hit faster.
- Metal Box - Item from the Mario series, turns you into metal.
- Cloaking Device - Makes you invisible for a short time.
- Beam Sword - Swing it at your enemies.
- Home Run Bat - Self-explanatory swinging item,which can be used for a one hit KO.
- Hammer - Smashes enemies, oftentimes one-hit KO.
- Fan - Small item that you can swing at enemies. Sends enemies straight up when thrown.
- Parasol - You can swing this item at enemies, and glide back to land safely when jumping/being hit high in the air.
Bludgeoning & Shooting
- Star Rod - Shoot stars.
- Lip's Stick - Item from the game Panel de Pon, Puts a flower on your enemies head that gives them damage every second, depending on the size of the flower.
- Super Scope - Has 3 huge shots, as well as smaller shots. Glitch allows you to have unlimited shots.
- Ray Gun - Has 16 shots.
- Fire Flower - Item from the Mario series, will be able to shoot out fire for a limited time.
- Green Shell - Item from the Mario series, throw at enemy.
- Red Shell - Item from the Mario series, after being thrown, it will move back and forth quickly on the stage without falling off.
- Bob-omb - Item from the Mario series, will blow up when thrown.
- Freezie - Will freeze the enemy it is thrown at.
- Flipper - Once you throw it, the item will spin around/damage enemies if they touch it.
- Motion-Sensor Bomb - Once thrown, it will stay in its spot until someone walks over it, then it will blow up.
- Poke Ball - Item from the Pokémon series, once you throw it a certain Pokémon will come out.
- Mr. Saturn - A character from the Mother series that can be thrown multiple times.
Throwing & Transforming
- Screw Attack - Will be able to spin jump, when thrown at them your enemy will spin jump once.
- Barrel Cannon - Once you land in one, it will shoot you back out.
- Smash Coins - Gives you points in coin matches.
Like in Super Smash Bros., you are able to throw Poké Balls. Once you do, a certain Pokémon comes out and attacks or occasionally does nothing. The following is a list of Pokémon that will appear in the Poké Balls.
For a full list of trophies in Super Smash Bros. Melee, go to List of Super Smash Bros. Melee trophies.
Trophies are popular rewards that you can obtain in Melee. There are 290 of them that can be collected by doing different things. The most common way to earn trophies is to insert coins inside the Lottery, once you do a random trophy will come out (note that most of the trophies are obtained by doing other things, only about a hundred or so trophies are obtainable through the Lottery.). Sometimes, a trophy you already have will come out of the Lottery. As you insert more coins into the Lottery, the chance of getting a trophy you don't have will raise. Another way to get trophies are by beating Adventure, Classic, or All-Star, meaning that each character has three trophies. Other ways to get trophies are to do certain missions, or other such things.
Three trophies are exclusive to the Japanese version of the game. Those trophies are the Mario riding on Yoshi one, the helmet-less Samus Aran, and Tamagon. However, it can be obtainable in the American and European version by using special game hackers.
Super Smash Bros. Melee is one of the more popular games to play at video game tournaments. In 2004 was added to the Major League Gaming's game roster. The tournaments have been covered in many gaming and technology magazines, including the popular Nintendo Power. Currently, the MLG tournaments are being shown on the American television channel USA Network. It should be noted that Super Smash Bros. Melee is one of two games featured in the MLG. (The other being the popular Xbox game Halo 2.)
- Ditto was supposed to appear as a Pokemon in this game but was taken out of the finished version for unknown reasons. Some parts of Ditto's functionality have been found using a cheating device.
- There is a glitch that allows the player to play as Master Hand. The glitch is caused by setting your name as nothing before a brawl.
- List of Super Smash Bros. Melee trophies
- Super Smash Bros.
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- Masahiro Sakurai - Creator