Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 64

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  • Summary: It's a Bumpin', Bruisin', Brawlin' Bash! The many worlds of Nintendo collide in the ultimate showdown of strength and skill! Up to four players can choose their favorite characters - complete with signature attacks - and go at it in Team Battles and Free-For-Alls. Or venture out on your ownIt's a Bumpin', Bruisin', Brawlin' Bash! The many worlds of Nintendo collide in the ultimate showdown of strength and skill! Up to four players can choose their favorite characters - complete with signature attacks - and go at it in Team Battles and Free-For-Alls. Or venture out on your own to conquer the 14 stages in single-player mode. Either way, Super Smash Bros. is a no-holds-barred action-fest that will keep you coming back for more! Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. A multi-player hit. Believe me people, you and your friends will spend hours on end battling it out to the very end. Whether it's 2 on 2 or if you think you're a badass 3 on 1.
  2. A highly addictive and satisfying game. Super Smash Bros. is a classic game for the Nintendo 64. If you haven't played it or its successor, and there certainly aren't many of you kinds of people, what are you waiting for? Do it!
  3. Fast paced and accessible to everyone. Nintendo of America were mad to consider not releasing this game in the US. Any doubts about it's quality should be cast out of your mind. It's fun, addictive and it's got a superb multi-player mode.
  4. Simple, intuitive, and very easy to pick up on! If you liked the multiplayer interaction of Mario Party, are eager to see classic Nintendo characters beat each other senseless, or are starved for a fighting game, then this is the one for you!
  5. It'll never be confused with "Street Fighter" or "Tekken," but then again it was never meant to. Nevertheless, it’s the most original fighting game on the market and possibly the best multiplayer game on any system.
  6. Simple, easy to pick up, but most importantly-fun. It's not a Tekken, but it is fun and has a long life through the insanely great four player mode. And who can resist beating up Pikachu?
  7. Low-grade crap pretending to be a Nintendo star-studded event. Even though it appears to be a culmination of many fantastic Nintendo games, it simply isn’t even close to resembling anything remotely good.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 76
  2. Negative: 2 out of 76
  1. Jun 7, 2011
    10
    This was a revolutionary game in its time. There had never been anything like it before and there honestly isn't a single game out thereThis was a revolutionary game in its time. There had never been anything like it before and there honestly isn't a single game out there today that compares to the series despite several attempts to mimic it. It all started with this brilliant title. Electric Playground should be banished from both the gaming community and stripped of any recognition as a reliable game journalism source. You can't even read the original review anymore because you get a 404 error. Honestly a 20? Bias and opinion is completely out of the window here...I've heard more reasonable opinions from ten year olds. Expand
  2. LindolfB.
    Mar 19, 2006
    10
    This game is a simply amazing fighter. It is many times better than games such as dead or Alive 3, and i put it on par with Tekkan5. If you This game is a simply amazing fighter. It is many times better than games such as dead or Alive 3, and i put it on par with Tekkan5. If you have two or more n64 controllers, this game will provide years of entertainment. I still play this game in 2006 because it is just so much damn fun! Expand
  3. Feb 8, 2014
    10
    Great and fun game . A quite good selection of playable characters and a fun gameplay
    Also a good multiplayer game and you and your friends
    Great and fun game . A quite good selection of playable characters and a fun gameplay
    Also a good multiplayer game and you and your friends will enjoy playing it
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  4. AxewhipeS.
    Jan 30, 2008
    10
    One of the best N64 games. Great game you can play forever with friends or by yourself, This game started the Smash franchise that it is One of the best N64 games. Great game you can play forever with friends or by yourself, This game started the Smash franchise that it is today & the original is great. Expand
  5. May 17, 2016
    9
    Let's not mince words here, Super Smash Bros. has lost a ton of its luster in comparison to its successors. Still, I hope that does not takeLet's not mince words here, Super Smash Bros. has lost a ton of its luster in comparison to its successors. Still, I hope that does not take away from one of the defining multiplayer experiences of the Nintendo 64.
    The gameplay is easy to pick up, but difficult to master. Instead of complex combos, attacks are mapped to the A&B buttons in conjunction with the control stick. This is simple and extremely satisfying.
    There are 12 Nintendo All-Stars (4 need to be unlocked) here to beat the heck out of each other in 9 (1 needs to be unlocked) varied and fun stages from Nintendo's game library (why no F-Zero or EarthBound stage though?). Saffron City in particular is a blast as you hop over the rooftops and avoid Pokemon who peek out from a door on the center building.
    The single player in the game is lacking as it is restricted to target smash, board the platforms, and the 1P mode where you take on multiple fighters and make it to a final boss. Still, you can play the game alone in the vs. mode with computer opponents.
    The items in the vs. mode help make Super Smash Bros. a blast during multiplayer, but unfortunately you need to unlock an item switch in order to turn them off. This will turn off more competitive minded players from starting the game, and even casual/intermediate players will likely be disappointed that you need to unlock such a basic feature.
    The graphics are quite crude (even for N64 standards) but they still have a charm to them and the music is memorable and contains many remixes from iconic Nintendo titles.
    All this being said, Super Smash Bros. is a still a great game that spawned one of the best fighting game series of all-time. If you have never played Super Smash Bros. and have a cheap way to pick up this game, it might be your best bet for starting out. Even if you started with Super Smash Bros. Melee like I did, there is still a lot to appreciate here.
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  6. EricS.
    Jul 30, 2005
    8
    A great game, but lacking and simplistic compared to Melee. A classic game has to be fun to play even after its sequel has been released.
  7. MarkusE.
    Nov 7, 2007
    0
    Gets old pretty quickly, and single player mode is shallow and uninspired. Limited selection of characters, modes, and stages.

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#1 Most Discussed N64 Game of 1999