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  • Summary: Duke it out with your favorite Nintendo characters in Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Wii U.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 74
  2. Negative: 0 out of 74
  1. Jan 13, 2015
    100
    There wasn’t a single minute while I was playing this game that I wasn’t smiling, oohing, or aahing at something, whether it be a new detail in a stage, or a big time move pulled off by another player. The Smash Bros. museum is open once again, and anyone who’s ever loved Smash Bros., Nintendo, or video games in general, should immediately subscribe to the lifetime pass.
  2. Nov 21, 2014
    100
    The overall experience has a trim and polish that is exceptional even by Nintendo’s standards, and while there are a few nitpicks that longtime fans of the series might find, it’s hard to argue against this being the best game in the series to date.
  3. Jan 23, 2015
    97
    Everything we wanted from a Super Smash Bros Game and more. It´s great fun for playing solo or enjoying eight player combat. One of the best Wii U games so far.
  4. Dec 1, 2014
    91
    This game needs to be in every Wii U owner’s collection.
  5. Dec 4, 2014
    90
    It is perhaps not the most comprehensive set of online options, with Nintendo still looking like they are feeling their way with online multiplayer. But there are flashes of inspiration, such as the involving spectator mode. But most importantly, Smash’s online mode works beautifully well.
  6. Nov 24, 2014
    90
    Poor internet functionality is, thankfully, a blight on an otherwise incredible game. Between the Masterpiece Collections, which are short demos of the classic games that inspired Smash Bros., the many fighters and stages, the deep character customization for fine-tuning your fighters to suit your play style, and the extensive screenshot editing tools, there’s just so much to do.
  7. Dec 4, 2014
    70
    The core mechanic from the original game is still there, but it feels more refined and polished than before. Though the amiibo integration feels like an after-thought it's still a fun party game to play with your friends.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 229
  1. Jan 9, 2015
    10
    Super smash brothers did everything the last games did but made it 10x better. from the amazing new character selection to the mind blowingSuper smash brothers did everything the last games did but made it 10x better. from the amazing new character selection to the mind blowing stages the game was a blast to play and is a must buy for wii u owners Expand
  2. Nov 21, 2014
    10
    Amazing game, may even be the first time a smash game gets a goty award as it is filled with content a ton of new modes and characters( 8Amazing game, may even be the first time a smash game gets a goty award as it is filled with content a ton of new modes and characters( 8 player smash is awesome) and stages. It is truly a next gen game.
    I think everyone knew this would be hit with awesome review scores however the real test is how much it helps the wii u, and I hope it helps it a lot
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  3. Dec 26, 2014
    10
    Super Smash Bros for the Wii U is a superb fighting game. Now, to start off, I must say that for players who take this game very seriously orSuper Smash Bros for the Wii U is a superb fighting game. Now, to start off, I must say that for players who take this game very seriously or really pay attention to those tiers from previous games, you may dislike this game. With a new games comes a new form of re-balancing so Meta Knight is no longer the god he used to be, although considering the unfairness of him that is a good thing. Anyways, on to an overview of the parts of this game.

    Story: This game does not have a story mode, so for fans of the Subspace Emissary you will be disappointed. However, the classic mode is still enjoyable with the ability to choose battles and be able to play with a friend. The addition of a new form to the Master Core fight also makes the mode more challenging.

    Graphics: For those of you who care, this game looks incredible, even on an old 360p tv like mine. The characters move very fluidly and the models have the right mixture of cartoon-like and realistic. If the graphics don't seem that great on your tv, simply look at the gamepad, and you will see what I mean.

    Music: The music in this game is amazing! Although many classic songs do return from previous iterations, the soundtrack truly stands out in the new remixes. From the spanish themed Gerudo Valley, to the rocking Mega Man Medley the music can make brawls all the more epic!

    Voice: Seeing as how this is a fighting game which doesn't focus on the voices, this segment is primarily nitpicky. For many characters, the voices remain similar from the old games, with a few exceptions. The one major offender is Fox. To describe it simply, it sounds as if the new actor had a horrible cold when he came in to provide the voice. As for the new characters, many of them have the actors reprise the role so it is familiar and works well.

    Gameplay: The one major thing that (hopefully) you readers care about. The easiest way to summarize this portion is with one question: is this game fun? The answer, is a mighty YES! With a huge cast of characters there is a huge variety of ways to play. From the heavy hitting Little Mac, to the more tactical Robin, there are many playstyles to try. Another major improvement is the ability to change the frequency of Item Drops depending on if you want them to be plentiful or rare. Another improvement for those players who hate the hazards of stages is the addition of Omega forms. This is available for all stages and transforms them into a Final Destination style layout. If normal brawls aren't your thing, you can try out the chaotic 8 man brawls or some the more bizarre returning modes like Coin or Special brawls. Familiar stadium modes also return such as Multi Man Brawl, Home Run Contest and All Star Mode, once again improved with the addition of co-op. Unfortunately for fans of Target Smash, it has been removed. However, it has been replaced with a new Home Run Contest/Angry Birds mode called Target Blast. Simply put, you have 10 seconds to damage a bomb as much as you can and send it flying towards a large collection of targets with the goal being to destroy as much of it as you can. For fans of the 3DS editions Smash Run, it also has unfortunately been removed, it has been replaced instead with a Mario Party style mode called Smash Tour. This mode has players moving around a board collection fighters and stat boosts for one major final brawl. Events have also made a miraculous return with branching pathways instead of a chronological order. Finally, the online multiplayer works very well, for me at least, however I am not considering this a factor as I know not everyone has the best internet connection. Apologies, for skipping over Master and Crazy orders, but I am about to run out of characters.

    My Verdict: 10/10
    A fantastic fighting game that should not be skipped for anyone owning a Wii U.
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  4. SpK
    Nov 21, 2014
    10
    This game is amazing. It is hands down the best Smash Bros, best Wii U game, and the reason you should be buying a Wii U this holiday. ItThis game is amazing. It is hands down the best Smash Bros, best Wii U game, and the reason you should be buying a Wii U this holiday. It deserves every good rating it gets, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Expand
  5. Nov 21, 2014
    10
    It's a smash bros game, nuff said. Seriously though, this game does everything its predecessors did right, does it better, and does more.It's a smash bros game, nuff said. Seriously though, this game does everything its predecessors did right, does it better, and does more. Playable ridley aside (an unrealistic expectation anyways), its obvious that Sakurai and the whole smash team took their fans wishes to hearts and made a game that any smash fan should love. The new game modes are awesome, adding even more replay-ability to a game that historically, almost never grows old. While not a suitable environment for competitive play, 8 player smash is hectic and fun and its addition provides farther evidence that Sakurai has been listening, and actually cares about what his fans have to say. All in all, its extremely polished gameplay, beautiful and varied stages, enourmous balanced roster, and fully featured (and stable) online play make this the best smash to date, and a must have for any wii u owner Expand
  6. Dec 7, 2014
    9
    Awesome game. Tons of modes and fun to be had along with great visuals and amazing replay value. Trust me you will log over a hundred hours ifAwesome game. Tons of modes and fun to be had along with great visuals and amazing replay value. Trust me you will log over a hundred hours if you intend to complete this game. Classic mode and smash tour are a little bit of a disappointment but they are still fun with friends. Expand
  7. Dec 21, 2014
    3
    Another word for smash absolute crap in terms of playability!

    No more story why did they took it out? It was one way to unlock the
    Another word for smash absolute crap in terms of playability!

    No more story why did they took it out? It was one way to unlock the characters period!

    They also cut out some of my best moves like Meta Knight he can't hover up any more like in brawl or Pit he gets a crap recovery instead!

    Also you can't save pictures as now this is an absolute joke as it says you need a sd in your wii u to do so that is pointless in brawl you can snap them and save in memory of wii.

    Boring roster too here's a check list of who;

    same boring link check
    same boring toon link check
    same boring falco check
    same boring fox check

    basicly its all the clones yet again and about 5 fire emblem member's why do I bother?

    if they like fire emblem then rename it to fire emblem smash

    sorry but this game reeks of lazyness (haha you see a name in lazyness)

    as ness he is the same too same moves as brawl, so if you plan on getting this for christmas don't bother its the same thing over and over.

    they ban people too for quitting the game I remember brawl we had players quitting the game and nothing is done about it so now you get 10 mins ban

    they changed kirby's voice to a low pitch one now so I am gutted about that too and no more cooking people in brawl so its a overrated game poor standards by Nintendo
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