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  • 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
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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. GMR Magazine
    90
    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. netjak
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 274
  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. ZacharyM.
    Dec 11, 2004
    10
    As my opinion I think its the best game since super mario bros. Smash bros. is alot of games put into one. Much better than the first.
  4. Jan 26, 2018
    10
    The best fighting game of all time, hands down. I’m sure many people will disagree with that, but I’ve never played any other game where itThe best fighting game of all time, hands down. I’m sure many people will disagree with that, but I’ve never played any other game where it feels so good to control your character. When I play other fighting games, a lot of times I feel like the movement feels super limited in order to make the game’s combo system more robust. But melee, whether intentionally or not, has an amazing combo game while also providing a ton of freedom. Expand
  5. CheeseyM.
    Mar 28, 2003
    10
    A stroke of pure genious from the all seeing Miyamato!
  6. Aug 19, 2019
    9
    My personal rating for "Super SMash Bros. Melee" (GC): 9/10 - Awesome
    Gameplay: 9,5
    Video: 7
    Audio: 9
    Scope: 9,5
    Balance: 8,5
    Story: -
  7. JamesI.
    Jan 3, 2002
    0
    This game is so stupid!!!

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#1 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2001
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#1 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2001