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POSTED 10/12/14


SUPER SMASH BROS FOR WII U

Nintendo



Here they come, walking down the street. They get the funniest hooks from everyone they meet. Hey, hey they’re the monkeys, plumbers, princesses, turtles, swordsmen, globules, foxes, villagers, space chicks, hedgehogs, dogs, dragons, Miis, fitness instructors...

Nintendo generally has a rather cuddly reputation – at least when it comes to their products. That nice plumber that your nanna would offer a cuppa, that corporate ape toeing the corporate line, sweet-as princesses and boundless examples of heroism (that’s usually cute). Yet the Smash Bros line chucks all that out in favour of letting most every Nintendo character ever – plus a few ring-ins - beat several shades of snottygobbles out of each other.

Weird.

But don’t the kids love it! Of course they do, for when you’re given a game as slick as SSB you can’t help but show respect, even if the sight of Pac-Man being brutally molested by a giant, rampaging turtle/lizard thingy is traumatic.

Not only is SSB a festival of Nintendo characters new and old, the myriad environments revisit past glories as well, making for splendid fisticuffular Ninty mashups. You can even make your own levels now.

For the uninitiated – if there are any - SSB’s a beat ’em up that works a teensy bit differently to the usual “knock ’em down, more please!” formula. Instead, you weaken foes – locally or online (the latter’s sometimes wonky) - until you can send them wooshing into space – or at least off the screen. Win! That percentage rating you see? The higher it is the worse it is, as that’s how susceptible to damage you are. Heh, and you thought you were rockin’ it...

Nostalgic-yet-modern, strategic-yet-fun and bulging with Nintendo compulsiveness that may have you seeking the services of Dr Mario to break the habit, if you’re wondering where your friends have gone, they’ve likely hooked into a Super Smash Bros drip. They’re too busy swingin’, puttin’ everybody down...

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