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Universal acclaim- based on 735 Ratings

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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: 10 out of 249
  1. ChristianL.
    Jan 16, 2002
    10
    I THINK this is the best game ever made if you dont rank DIABLO ;) (im a Diablo freak) hehe i said i THINK because i live in DAMN SWEDEN. I I THINK this is the best game ever made if you dont rank DIABLO ;) (im a Diablo freak) hehe i said i THINK because i live in DAMN SWEDEN. I WANT GAME CUBE... buuuhuuuhuuu.. a 10 because it's so much fun to unlock so many characters and so many levels.. + a BIG + almost all the nintendo chars are in one fighting game!!! wow... its so cool. Expand
  2. Humfry
    Jan 12, 2002
    10
    I can have ganondorf kick pikachu in the groin! U cant get much better than that!
  3. IgorF.MoredaA.
    Nov 11, 2004
    10
    I bought it with the Game Cube years ago, I still have not openned all trophies. Long for 1 player and the perfect game for multiplayer.
  4. Sep 17, 2016
    10
    This game is a masterpiece. The best thing I ever did was to get into competitive melee. Everymatch is different and the gameplay never getsThis game is a masterpiece. The best thing I ever did was to get into competitive melee. Everymatch is different and the gameplay never gets old. This game is getting more and more popular as time goes on and theres a good reason for it. If you don't have a copy of it I 100% recommend it. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT! Expand
  5. JoshuaK.
    May 10, 2003
    10
    I have this game it is so fun, everyone should have it.
  6. Mar 26, 2018
    9
    Took Smash Brothers to another level and is the first game in the franchise to take it to professional gaming. Roster pool is concentrated andTook Smash Brothers to another level and is the first game in the franchise to take it to professional gaming. Roster pool is concentrated and gameplay is fun. Expand
  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