Super Smash Bros. Melee Image
Metascore
92

Universal acclaim - based on 38 Critics What's this?

User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 453 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: Nintendo's all-star cast of combatants is back in Super Smash Bros. Melee, along with a new batch of brawlers ready to tear it up. The sequel to Super Smash Bros. keeps the same basic premise: Characters duke it out in interactive environments, using special attacks and various items toNintendo's all-star cast of combatants is back in Super Smash Bros. Melee, along with a new batch of brawlers ready to tear it up. The sequel to Super Smash Bros. keeps the same basic premise: Characters duke it out in interactive environments, using special attacks and various items to knock each other into the abyss. Some new defensive techniques add an even deeper level of complexity to the combat. In addition to traditional battle royale matches, players can select all-new ways to play like Coin mode and Tournament mode. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. 100
    An exotic cocktail of entertainment for Nintendo fans, who will slurp up every last drop, and if you want to talk about longevity, I've had this game on import for about six months and I still haven't finished it.
  2. 100
    A showcase of a game. There is so much to do and unlock, both in the single-player and multiplayer modes, that the title can easily eat up dozens of hours of your time.
  3. Overall, a very fun game to play, though a warning goes out to anyone who can get frustrated with games, as this game's difficulty can really frustrate and anger you at times as it had me.
  4. Probably the most fun game out for the Game Cube right now. It's not really a fighting game as much as it is a four-person party brawling game.
  5. A Nintendo fanatic's dream, if only for the exhaustive gallery of collectible Nintendorabilia. [Feb 2003, p.96]
  6. The only reason SSBM doesn't achieve gaming nirvana is for two reasons: the variety of arenas isn't extensive and sometimes the camera pans so far out it reduces your character to the size of an ant. Otherwise, you're looking at great game.
  7. 65
    The camera angles were enigmatic and frustrating. The action on the screen was great when we were fairly close to the fighting, but once scaled out became chaotic. The personal feel of smacking each other around when close was decent and enjoyable; but once the action panned became impersonal and out of touch.

See all 38 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 207
  1. JamesS.
    Jan 11, 2002
    10
    This is a must buy for the Gamecube with hundreds of secrets to unlock and collect and neverending fun.
  2. Humfry
    Jan 12, 2002
    10
    I can have ganondorf kick pikachu in the groin! U cant get much better than that!
  3. DannyR.
    May 5, 2004
    10
    This game never gets repetitive when you play on a tournament. You should try one on your own.If you don't have one Ill give you one.Try This game never gets repetitive when you play on a tournament. You should try one on your own.If you don't have one Ill give you one.Try doing a fire tournament.You should have all fire items.The only two stages you should have is (jungle japes) and (congo jungle n64).The only characters you should have is the ones who have red costumes and they do fire moves.I kick ass with kirby.This game is great!!!kirby kirby kirby!!!! Expand
  4. Jun 26, 2013
    10
    This game is a prime example of doing a sequel right. Take all the elements of the first game, refine them to near perfection while addingThis game is a prime example of doing a sequel right. Take all the elements of the first game, refine them to near perfection while adding lots of new stages, characters, trophies, gameplay modes and extras. Really, there's no flaw with this game. It's just an all around amazing fighting game that you shouldn't miss. Expand
  5. RobC.
    Apr 21, 2002
    10
    The Best game that has all nintendo's charachters.
  6. Nov 27, 2014
    9
    Now this game really had a big impact in my in my childhood. This game has astonishing game-play it is hard to explain. This is also a veryNow this game really had a big impact in my in my childhood. This game has astonishing game-play it is hard to explain. This is also a very good game for people starting to get into the fighting genre. Definitely a must try for people new to video games! Expand
  7. JamesI.
    Jan 3, 2002
    0
    This game is so stupid!!!

See all 207 User Reviews