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They're back. Stronger than ever. And they brought friends. Lots of them.
—North American commercial
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
SSBB USA cover
USA box art for Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Developer(s) Sora
HAL Laboratory
Game Arts
Monolith Soft
Paon
Intelligent Systems
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Masahiro Sakurai (director) Kazushige Nojima (scenario writer)[1]
Engine Havok
Released Japan January 31, 2008
North America March 9, 2008
Australia June 26, 2008[2]
Europe June 27, 2008[3][4]
Genre(s) Fighting, Platform
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer, Online multiplayer[5]
Ratings CERO: A
ESRB: T
OFLC: PG
PEGI: 12+
Media Wii Optical Disc (Double-layer)
System requirements 128 free blocks of memory in the Wii System Memory
Input methods Wii Remote, Nunchuk, Classic Controller, GameCube controller[6]
"Brawl" redirects here. For the game mode, see Versus Mode.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl's logo.
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Super Smash Bros. Brawl, known in Japan as Dairantou[7] Smash Brothers X (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズX, Dairantō Sumasshu Burazāzu Ekkusu), and often shortened to "SSBB" or "Brawl", is the third installment in the Super Smash Bros. series published by Nintendo. The game was designed by Masahiro Sakurai, who also created the two preceding Super Smash Bros. games, and was developed by an ad hoc development team consisting of Sora, Game Arts, and staff from other developers, beginning in October 2005. The game uses an engine called Havok provided by an Irish company of the same name.[8]

The object of a match in Super Smash Bros. Brawl is to knock the opponent off the screen and so beyond the "blast lines" which denote the field of battle; an emphasis on ring outs is standard for the series, but a departure from traditional fighting games which focus on knockouts. This departure continues in Brawl’s relatively simplified move commands, which can be input on four types of controller[6] - a Wii remote alone, the Wii remote and Nunchuk auxiliary controller, a Classic Controller/Classic Controller Pro, or a GameCube controller. Up to four players can engage in local multiplayer battles at any given time with any combination of controllers, while Brawl also supports online play through the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, the first game in the series to do so.[9]

However, while Brawl continues to include the tournament-like "Classic" and "All-Star" single-player modes, Melee’s Adventure Mode has been replaced with The Subspace Emissary; a more extensive side-scrolling beat-'em-up mode featuring both the playable characters and many enemies specifically created for the game. The resulting mode includes an involved plot, including numerous pre-rendered cutscenes, and some platform game elements during gameplay. Up to four players can play local multiplayer games using one of four sets of controllers.

Further following from the earlier games in the series, Brawl showcases a wide selection of characters from Nintendo and its second parties, setting them to fight in several different types of matches. Unlike its predecessors, however, Brawl also includes two third party characters in Solid Snake and Sonic the Hedgehog. In total, the number of playable characters was increased from Melee’s 25[10] to 35.[11]

Most of the game's musical score is made up of newly-arranged versions of pieces that originated in earlier video games starring the characters featured in Brawl; with the remainder taken directly from the original games. The new arrangements were composed in a collaboration between 38 renowned video game composers[12] and has been critically acclaimed for its representation of different generations in gaming history.[13]

The limited edition release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl came inside an extra cardboard sleeve depicting all of the characters available by default, and came with two postcards, providing a biopic on Zero Suit Samus and Zelda, giving a short summary of them, and showing images of their special moves.

Following the release of the game in Japan, a bug was discovered in the game. This bug causes the game to display an error message when it starts, however, players can close the error message and play the game as usual. There has since been a replacement program.

The game requires 128 free blocks of memory in the Wii System Memory. No data, except some vault data, can be copied to an SD Card or transferred onto another Wii. If the player does not create a save file when they start, he or she will not be able to play via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and vault data will not be saved.

Opening movie[edit]

In the opening movie of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the cinematic utilizes scenes from the Subspace Emissary, along with a few selections of Vs. Mode matches, as opposed to featuring unique footage in the manner of the game's predecessors, Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Characters[edit]

Entire cast of playable characters; excluding Zero Suit Samus and Sheik, the transformations of Samus and Zelda, respectively.
The character-selection screen of Super Smash Bros. Brawl (all characters unlocked).

The cast of 35 playable characters (39 if Sheik and Zero Suit Samus are included and the three different Pokémon of the Pokémon Trainer are treated as individual characters) includes 20 (21 including Sheik) returning veterans from Melee and 15 newcomers (18 including transformations). Of these, 21 are starter characters and 14 need to be unlocked. Many of the returning characters have been updated or refined since their last appearance, either in terms of appearance, fighting capabilities, or both. For example, Link and Fox McCloud have taken on new designs from more recent titles, while Samus Aran has gained the ability to change into a new form, Zero Suit Samus, by using her Final Smash or by the player pressing a certain button after picking Samus and before picking a stage.

Five characters do not return from Melee, which are The Legend of Zelda's Young Link, Pokémon's Mewtwo (Mewtwo being the only plausible one to return, since he was cut due to time constraints and hackers claim he has the most data hidden in the game's disc) and Pichu, Fire Emblem's Roy, and Mario universe's Dr. Mario. Outside the Mario series, these series gained new characters: for The Legend of Zelda, Toon Link was added; for Pokémon, Pokémon Trainer (who controls Charizard, Squirtle, and Ivysaur) and Lucario were added; and for Fire Emblem, Ike was added to the playable roster.

Several franchises already represented in the Super Smash Bros. series gain additional character slots, with the Kirby universe the biggest gainer, as both King Dedede and Meta Knight make their playable Super Smash Bros. debuts. Otherwise, EarthBound sees Lucas join, the Star Fox franchise adds Wolf, and the Donkey Kong universe, has Diddy Kong added to the roster; while Metroid has Samus' aforementioned "Zero Suit" form, which originally debuted in Metroid: Zero Mission, added as a transformation for its sole character.

New character slots which go to Nintendo series previously unrepresented include Pit, in the first appearance of elements from the Kid Icarus series in a video game since the 1991 Game Boy game Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters; Wario, originally a Mario spin-off but long launched into a franchise of his own; Captain Olimar from the Pikmin series; and the NES accessory R.O.B.

Finally, Solid Snake, the main protagonist of the Metal Gear franchise, and Sonic the Hedgehog from his eponymous series become the first third-party characters to appear in a Super Smash Bros. game.

List of characters[edit]

Veterans
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Mario
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Luigi
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Peach SSBB.jpg
Peach
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Bowser SSBB.jpg
Bowser
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Yoshi SSBB.jpg
Yoshi
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Donkey Kong SSBB.jpg
Donkey Kong
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Link SSBB.jpg
Link
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Zelda SSBB.jpgSheik SSBB.jpg
Zelda/Sheik
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Ganondorf SSBB.jpg
Ganondorf
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Samus SSBB.jpg
Samus
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Kirby SSBB.jpg
Kirby
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Fox SSBB.jpg
Fox
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Falco SSBB.jpg
Falco
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Pikachu SSBB.jpg
Pikachu
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Jigglypuff SSBB.jpg
Jigglypuff
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Captain Falcon SSBB.jpg
Captain Falcon
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Ness SSBB.jpg
Ness
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Ice Climbers SSBB.jpg
Ice Climbers
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Marth SSBB.jpg
Marth
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Mr. Game & Watch SSBB.jpg
Mr. Game & Watch
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Newcomers
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Wario
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Diddy Kong SSBB.jpg
Diddy Kong
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Toon Link SSBB.jpg
Toon Link
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Zero Suit Samus SSBB.jpg
Zero Suit Samus
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Meta Knight SSBB.jpg
Meta Knight
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King Dedede SSBB.jpg
King Dedede
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Wolf SSBB.jpg
Wolf
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Pokémon Trainer SSBB.jpg
Pokémon Trainer
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Lucario SSBB.jpg
Lucario
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Lucas SSBB.jpg
Lucas
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Ike SSBB.jpg
Ike
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Pit SSBB.jpg
Pit
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Olimar SSBB.jpg
Olimar
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R.O.B. SSBB.jpg
R.O.B.
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Sonic SSBB.jpg
Sonic
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Snake SSBB.jpg
Snake
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Bold denotes unlockable characters.

Bosses[edit]

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Master Hand
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CrazyHand.jpg
Crazy Hand
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Galleom.jpg
Galleom
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Duon.jpg
Duon
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TabuuFull.jpg
Tabuu
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Petey.jpg
Petey Piranha
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Ridley
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Meta Ridley SSBB.jpg
Meta Ridley
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Rayquaza.jpg
Rayquaza
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Porky.jpg
Porky
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Unplayable characters[edit]

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Collectibles[edit]

The number of Trophies, statuettes of Nintendo characters and objects which can be collected in-game, was almost doubled from Melee. These trophies give a brief history or description, or both, of the character or objects they show.[14] A related feature was the introduction of stickers, small pieces of Nintendo artwork which can be picked up from offline and online matches, along with the Smash Service's "Spectator Mode." Stickers also make an appearance in the single-player and multiplayer modes, such as the Stadium mode. Stickers also act as a sort of enhancement to the characters' abilities when using attacks in Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary.[15]. Through the Trophy Hoard and Sticker Album, players can place trophies and stickers onto virtual backgrounds and take snapshots, all of which is recorded into the Wii's internal hard drive or onto SD cards depending on the player's choosing. From this point, these virtual items can be sent to other players via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, "WiiConnect24".[14][15]

The inclusion of a new Super Smash Bros. element, collectable CDs, which, when obtained, offer new music selections for playable stages. Although this can add more variety to the music played on a stage, the music selection will always be at random. However, the player can adjust how often a track can be played from the options menu. [16]

By completing stages in Classic Mode[17], All-Star Mode and The Subspace Emissary, coins can be earned. The coins can be used to play the Coin Launcher to win more stickers or trophies, to "pay" for Continues in Classic and All-Star Mode, to bet on the outcome of Spectator Mode matches and to choose stages in online play.

Masterpieces[edit]

Main article: Masterpieces

Brawl introduces "Masterpieces", time-limited Virtual Console game demonstrations, to the Super Smash Bros. series. The international release has twelve such games available, each of which features one or more of the playable characters from Brawl. Seven games are available for play to begin with, with five more unlockable by completing Challenges, which range from Mario's debut in Donkey Kong to the critically acclaimed late Nintendo 64 title The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The time-limits on each individual play last between 30 seconds (Donkey Kong), to five minutes (Ocarina of Time).

The Japanese release has two Masterpieces more than the international releases - the SNES games Mother 2 (known as EarthBound in its US release) and Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo.

Music[edit]

On May 22, 2007, Sakurai revealed a list of 38 composers providing the musical score for the game. In his accompanying statement, Sakurai said that he had asked the composers, who come from a variety of companies and have written music for first, second, and third-party games, "to listen to an elite selection of Nintendo music and arrange several of their favorite songs."[12]

Each of the game stages have multiple musical tracks which players can listen to using the new "My Music" feature, including some songs that were taken directly from other games without any modification or special arrangement. This feature also allows the player to adjust the frequency of how often a music track is played on a given stage. Collecting CDs expands the range of music available.[16]

Stages[edit]

Main article: Stage

Brawl features many stages that can be fought on. Most of them are new, but a few return from Melee. On some stages, such as Shadow Moses Island, Smash Taunts can be performed. Brawl also has an option to create custom stages with the Stage Builder.

Brawl stages
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Battlefield
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Final Destination
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Mario Bros.
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Mushroomy Kingdom
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Luigi's Mansion
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Delfino Plaza.jpg
Delfino Plaza
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Mario1.jpg
Mario Circuit
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Yoshi's Island
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WarioWare, Inc.
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75 m
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Rumble Falls
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Pirateship.jpg
Pirate Ship
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Bridge of Eldin.jpg
Bridge of Eldin
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Norfair1.jpg
Norfair
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Frigate Orpheon
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Halberd
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Lylat Cruise.jpg
Lylat Cruise
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Stadium2.jpg
Pokémon Stadium 2
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Spear Pillar
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Port Town Aero Dive
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New Pork City
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The Summit.jpg
Summit
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Castle Siege
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Flat Zone 2
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Skyworld1.jpg
Skyworld
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Pikmin1.jpg
Distant Planet
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Smashville
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PictoChat
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Hanenbow
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Green Hill Zone.jpg
Green Hill Zone
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Shadow Moses Island.jpg
Shadow Moses Island
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Melee stages
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SSBM Icon.png Rainbow Cruise
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YoshisIslandSSBM.jpg
SSBM Icon.png Yoshi's Island
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JungleJapes.jpg
SSBM Icon.png Jungle Japes
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Hyrule Temple.jpg
SSBM Icon.png Temple
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SSBM Icon.png Brinstar
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Greengreens.jpg
SSBM Icon.png Green Greens
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Corneria full.jpg
SSBM Icon.png Corneria
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Pokemonstadium.jpg
SSBM Icon.png Pokémon Stadium
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Bigblue.jpg
SSBM Icon.png Big Blue
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Onett.jpg
SSBM Icon.png Onett
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Bold denotes unlockable stages.

Development[edit]

At the pre-E3 2005 press conference, the president of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, announced the next installment of Super Smash Bros. was not only already in development for their next gaming console, but would be a launch title with Wi-Fi compatibility for playing online.[18] The announcement was unexpected to the creator of the Super Smash Bros. series, Masahiro Sakurai. Back in 2003, he had left HAL Laboratory, the company that was in charge with the franchises' development and was never informed of this announcement despite the fact shortly after resigning from the company, Iwata said if a new game was to be made, he would be in charge. It was not until after the conference Sakurai was called to Satoru Iwata's room on the top floor of a Los Angeles hotel where he was told by Iwata, "We'd like you to be involved in the production of the new Smash Bros., if possible near the level of director".[19] Although originally announced to be a launch title, Sakurai stated "I decided to become director. And as of May, 2005, I was the only member of the new Smash Bros. development team". Development of the game never actually started until late 2005, and just for its production, Nintendo opened a new office in Tokyo at the beginning of October 2005. Nintendo also enlisted outside help from a company who, at that point in time, just finished development of a major title. Sakurai also stated that these people had spent excessive amounts of time playing Melee. The team had access to all the original material and tools from the development of Melee, courtesy of HAL Laboratory.

Brawl was absent from Nintendo's Wii showing at its 2006 Pre-E3 press conference. The next day, on May 10, 2006, its first official trailer was unveiled at E3 and at the After-Hours Press Conference, Nintendo officially revealed the game under the name of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In an interview with IGN, Sakurai said the Wii's motion sensing features might not be included because, "we found that trying to implement too much motion-sensory functionality can get in the way of the game."[20] As far as Wi-Fi play is concerned, Sakurai stated his plan was to include Wi-Fi connection compatibility and online functionality, he goes on to say "one of the primary reasons Super Smash Bros. Brawl was created was that Nintendo, when taking Wii online, wanted to have Smash Bros. to do that".[20] However, as stated on the Japanese version of the Smash Bros. website, "there would be many hurdles to cross," and an online ranking system is unlikely to be implemented.[21] During a test play between Sakurai and Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear series, Kojima stated that the game felt complete and that Nintendo "could put it out right now and it would sell millions of copies."[22] Starting May 22, 2007, the site had updates every weekday until shortly after Brawl's release. Throughout October 18-22, 2007 at the first Entertainment for All Expo show in Los Angeles, California, Nintendo hosted a Super Smash Bros. Brawl tournament.[23]

At the Nintendo Media Conference at E3 2007, it was announced by Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime that Brawl would be released on December 3, 2007 in the Americas.[24] However, just two months before its anticipated December release, the development team asked for more time to work on the game. During the Nintendo Conference on October 10, 2007, Nintendo of Japan president Iwata announced the delay, saying:

In order to fine tune Smash Bros., with this unprecedented game depth, we have decided that we have to take a little more time to complete the game than we announced before. We are sorry for the fans that are already anxiously waiting for the launch, but we would like to launch this game on January 24th, 2008 in Japan. As for the North American launch, we will review that too, and our local subsidiaries will make their own announcements.[25]

On October 11, 2007, George Harrison of Nintendo of America announced that Brawl would be released on February 10, 2008 in North America.[26] Apparently, the American English game was delayed again to March 9th. [27]

Inclusion of characters[edit]

Sakurai stated that he did not want to emphasize Japan-only characters;[28] in Brawl's cast, only Lucas had not appeared outside of Japan (although Marth had only previously only appeared internationally in Super Smash Bros. Melee, rather than his home franchise). Sakurai also stated there would be no more than three third-party characters;[28] these characters were Solid Snake and Sonic the Hedgehog. The inclusion of Konami-created character Solid Snake may seem to conflict with the Super Smash Bros. paradigm — to only include characters from games made by Nintendo and its second parties — but Sakurai said Hideo Kojima "practically begged" for Snake to be included in Melee, which did not happen because the game was too far in development. This in turn led to his appearance in the following game instead.[29] Similarly, Lucas from Mother 3 was intended to be used in Melee, but was left out because Mother 3 was delayed.[30]

Japanese fans were asked to submit their desired characters and musical themes via a forum on the game's official Japanese site, with some possibly appearing in the game. Likewise, fans from other countries were asked to submit ideas on Nintendo's official forums.[31]

Suggestions were no longer being taken as of June 9, 2006. In August 2006, Sakurai and Miyamoto stated that Nintendo was negotiating rights to other third-party characters.[32] The most requested third-party character, Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog, was announced to be in the game on October 10, 2007.[33]

Trailers[edit]

Several different trailers for Brawl were released before the game came out. The original trailer was shown at E3 2006 on May 11, 2006 and revealed Solid Snake as a playable character. A second trailer was shown at the Nintendo World 2006 convention in December, and revealed Fox's return as a playable character. A third trailer was shown at the October 10, 2007 Nintendo Press Conference, which revealed Sonic as a playable character. A final trailer showcasing Brawl's adventure mode, the Subspace Emissary, was released on Friday, December 21, 2007. This trailer revealed that Ike and the Ice Climbers would appear in this mode, among other things.

Reception[edit]

Brawl reviews
Publication Score
1UP.com A[34]
Edge Magazine 9 of 10[35]
Eurogamer 9 of 10[36]
Famitsu 40 of 40[37]
Gametrailers 9.4 of 10[38]
IGN 9.5 of 10[39]
NGamer 93[40]
Nintendo Power 10 of 10[41]
Official Nintendo Magazine 95%[42]
Compilations of multiple reviews
Metacritic 93% (81 reviews)[43]
Game Rankings 92.84% (78 reviews)[44]
TopTenReviews 3.85/4 (56 reviews)[45]
Awards
Best Fighting Game[46]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl received critically positive reviews and sold successfully. In the United States, the game sold 874,000 units on launch day and 1.4 million units in its first week to become the fastest-selling video game in Nintendo of America's history, according to Nintendo. The game has sold 10.79 million units worldwide as of March 2012 according to Nintendo. Super Smash Bros. Brawl is the 8th best selling game for the Wii, and sold 12.14 million units worldwide, as March 31, 2014. Brawl currently holds an aggregate review score of 92.84% on Gamerankings and a score of 93% on Metacritic. Despite this, British publication NGamer received criticism for awarding a 93% rating to Brawl, with readers deeming the score too low, especially in comparison to Official Nintendo Magazine's 95% rating. Brawl has reviews with ratings equal or slightly better than Melee. The game's multiplayer was received excellently, but single player, while noted as superior to Melee's, was still only average.

The game, however, has not gone without criticism. Many Melee players disliked some of the changes to gameplay in Brawl. Arguably the most controversial change is the added ability to act during hitstun, which reduces combo potential for characters. Other common complaints include the generally slower pace of gameplay, the decreased falling speeds, the removal of mechanics such as L-canceling and wavedashing, and, on a more universal scale, the addition of random tripping to Brawl. Because of these changes, and many others, many players consider Melee to be a better game than Brawl, and there is contentious debate in the community over which game is superior.

Changes from Melee to Brawl[edit]

  • Generally, the game plays slower: every veteran has a slower falling speed and gravity, L-cancelling has been removed, dashing barely increases forward momentum in midair, and characters must wait a slight amount of time before being able to meteor cancel.
  • The air dodge no longer involves characters shifting in a direction; instead, characters continue on whatever path they were moving before the air dodge. This allows air dodging to not put characters into a helpless state, so any attack or another air dodge can be used afterwards, but it makes wavedashing impossible.
  • The amount of time a launched character is forced to stay in hitstun is significantly decreased, and can be air dodged or attacked out of after a certain amount of time; this makes true combos almost nonexistent.
  • Some characters now have unique meteor cancel windows: while it is 25 frames for most characters, those with tether recoveries only (such as Ivysaur) have a smaller delay in meteor canceling, while characters that use wings for multiple jumps (such as Meta Knight) must wait for longer. Additionally, attempting to meteor cancel with a jump before this window of time will result in a 40-frame penalty where the character cannot meteor cancel.
  • The window for dash-dancing is so small it loses almost all its usefulness.
  • Tether recoveries are generally less useful than the wall-grappling they replaced; they only aim for ledges as opposed to walls, and can be very easily edgehogged.
  • Characters must wait a short amount of time before being able to move after grabbing a ledge.
  • Shieldstun has been drastically decreased, with an increased perfect shield window.
  • It only takes 7 frames to shield drop, making the game more defensively-focused.
  • There is a landing lag glitch on not all but several characters, that causes the character when they land to be inflicted with the landing lag of a helplessness-inducing special move, if they grabbed the edge during the move, or after using the move before landing.
  • Characters can grab a ledge with their back facing it, and most recovery moves (though not all of them) also cancel for the character to grab the edge, making recovery easier and more flexible, as well as lowering the effectiveness of attacks that turn the opponent around, such as Mario's Cape.
  • Edge teching is no longer possible, as well as ledge canceling attacks. Characters can now air dodge while tumbling, so teching itself is harder to perform, and has become generally less useful due to the reduced hitstun and momentum canceling.
  • Character noises have been mostly overhauled:
    • "Pain yells" are reliant on how long a character is in stun, and each character only has one.
    • Characters no longer have a single noise for being KO'd horizontally or falling; each character now has two (this is most notable with Pit and Ivysaur). Additionally, most characters have multiple noises for their aerial attacks and tilts (all of them are shared; Donkey Kong, for example, can make the same noises when executing his down tilt as when executing his up aerial).
    • Characters only make one sound when doing smash attacks (Mario's "Yeeha!" heard when he does his up smash is among the easiest to notice).

Aside from the inclusion of the new characters, stages and items, there are various other changes, including:

  • Buffering implemented: characters can now perform actions by inputting them at least 10 frames before they can actually be executed.
  • Spikes are no longer existent, as the trajectory range for what the game recognizes as a meteor smash has been increased, and all attacks that have a downwards angle now fall into this range.
  • The footstool jump allows characters to bounce off of other characters' heads while sending the opponent downward; it acts like a meteor smash, though the footstool jump is not a true meteor smash.
  • Characters knocked down on the floor now enter a flopping animation upon hit by a weak attack, which does not give them any invincibility frames until they can get up, enabling locks.
  • Crouching cannot cancel dashes, and crouch canceling no longer reduces knockback.
  • Smash attacks are easier to angle, as the player can now just hold up or down during the forward smash to angle it.
  • Characters now conserve forward momentum when dash grabbing opponents.
  • Pummels now deal variable damage from 1% to 3% depending on the character, rather than all dealing 3%, and have variable speeds depending on their strength: while characters like Mario pummel as slow as in the previous game whiling dealing more damage per pummel, others like Kirby can pummel very quickly, dealing less damage per pummel.
  • Some characters can crawl, while others can glide or wall cling, and every character can swim in water instead of falling through it.
  • Some characters have the dash attack canceled up smash that improves their approach.
  • All characters now have a Final Smash.
  • Some characters can grab release-combo other characters.
  • Moonwalking has been removed.
  • CPUs, while still having exploitable flaws, have gained an AI increase in general, choosing more alternatives with attacks and having quick dodging techniques of 1 frame reaction, among other improved behaviors.
  • Grabbing a character does not restore their midair jump(s).
  • Short hopping is easier as characters are a bit slower at jumping.
  • Smash Taunts do not end if the user flinches; they have to be KO'd to end it early.
  • Up smashes can be performed while running, known as a slide smash.
  • Characters can now pivot grab.
  • Glancing blows no longer deal damage, and a few sparks will show up to indicate one.
  • All characters now have three taunts instead of one, and have unique on-screen appearances, which return from the original Super Smash Bros..
  • Items can now be grabbed during dash attacks, aerial attacks and air dodges.
  • Shrinking and growing animations have been added for every character.
  • Players can now configure personalized controls for names.
  • Bonuses have been removed, with only a few being awarded at the end of Classic and All-Star modes depending on the player's progress.
  • Outside of the main game, players can build custom stages and save snapshots and replays.
  • The Sound Test is now available at the start. However, certain sounds and music have to be unlocked.
  • Melee's Adventure Mode has been replaced by The Subspace Emissary.
  • Event matches have selectable difficulties.
  • Target Test is now known as "Target Smash!!", and it now has selectable difficuties, though there are now only five stages for all characters, rather than every character having their own target test.
  • The Home-Run Contest puts a temporary shield around the platform.
    • All of the four modes above can also be played in co-op, and players can also play online in various modes.
  • Special Brawls' effects can now be combined rather than all appearing in different modes. Other special effects have also been added.
  • Collectible stickers have been added, which can be collected on matches to then be used in the Subspace Emissary. The Lottery for trophies has also been replaced with the Coin Launcher. Players can now take snapshots of both trophies and stickers.
  • In one-player game modes, the C-stick acts the same as in multiplayer modes: instead of zooming, it is used as how the player has configured it, the default function being smash attacks.

Voice actors[edit]

Note: Mr. Game & Watch, Olimar, R.O.B., and Samus have no voices, and therefore, no voice actors. It was rumored that voice actor Jim Cummings voiced Bowser in this game, but this rumor was later proven false.

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

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  • Unlike Super Smash Bros. Melee, the international releases of Brawl do not provide Japanese audio or text options.
  • The announcer does not yell the game's title at the title screen, in contrast to the previous games in the Super Smash Bros. series.
  • Some non-human characters (including Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and Bowser) use more realistic sounds, rather than the cartoonish sounds they make in their own games.
  • The Brawl menu was designed to be very similar to the menu in Kirby Air Ride, including the Challenges Checklist. Interestingly, Air Ride's menu used a deeper versions of the confirm and toggle sound effects from Melee's menu.
  • Unlike most other Wii games, the game disc for this game has two layers instead of one, as a result of the large amount of data used for the game.
    • The release of Brawl, however, caused some older Wii consoles to be unable to read the disc. The various Nintendo branches around the world offer a free cleaning program for affected Wii consoles.
  • Brawl is the best-selling fighting game of all time.
  • Brawl is the only game in the entire series not to include a new Mario character, not counting Diddy Kong and Wario, whom despite technically being a part of the Mario universe, are considered here to be from the Donkey Kong and Wario series, respectively.
  • Not counting the Virtual Console, this is the only Wii appearance for Snake, Pit, Fox, Falco, Wolf, Ness, Lucas, Marth, Ice Climbers, and Captain Falcon.
  • Brawl is the first game in which the Donkey Kong, Metroid, Kirby, and EarthBound universes (which had one character in previous installments) have multiple characters.
  • Brawl is the only game in the series where certain unlockable characters can be unlocked without a challenger approaching battle.
  • This is the only Super Smash Bros. game whose single-player mode features an actual storyline. This was removed for the fourth installment, although some enemies and boss characters from the Subspace Emissary, such as Roturret and Ridley, make appearances in other ways as opponents, following similar patterns as their appearances in Brawl.

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