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Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001)

Dai-Rantô Smash Brothers Deluxe (original title)
As the game continues, we meet characters and new bosses to defeat.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Harrington ...
Announcer / Master Hand / Crazy Hand (voice)
Charles Martinet ...
Mario / Luigi / Dr. Mario (voice)
Nobuyuki Hiyama ...
Link (voice)
Kazumi Totaka ...
Yoshi (voice)
Shinobu Satouchi ...
Fox McCloud (voice)
Makiko Ômoto ...
Kirby / Ness (voice)
Pikachu / Tosakinto (voice)
Mika Kanai ...
Jigglypuff / Purin / Chikorita / Maril (voice)
Jigglypuff / Goldeen / Chansey (voice)
Princess Peach (voice)
Captain Falcon (voice) (as Ryo Harikawa)
Jun Mizusawa ...
Zelda / Sheik (voice)
Hikaru Midorikawa ...
Marth (voice)
Sanae Kobayashi ...
Popo / Nana (voice)
Jun Fukuyama ...
Roy (voice)


As the game continues, we meet characters and new bosses to defeat.

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Did You Know?


Yuji Naka said that Sonic the Hedgehog was originally set to appear in this game but couldn't be added in time. Sonic did make it into the followup game Dairantô Sumasshu Burazâzu ekkusu (2008). See more »


The intro movie shows Samus using a Missile against Ridely. Since Samus's portion of the intro is based on Super Metroid, she wouldn't have Missiles at that point in the game. See more »


Fox McCloud: All ships report in!
Slippy Toad: This is Slippy! I'm all right! I'm all right!
Peppy Hare: Peppy here! I'm a little shaken, but I'm OK. Sorry... I've always wanted to say that.
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Crazy Credits

You are able to shoot the credits in the same way as an on-rails space shooter, like "Star Fox". Each name, item, or company in the credits is worth one point, and the game tallies up your points at the end of the credits when the copyrights are shown. See more »


References Pikimin (2001) See more »


Balloon Fighter/Balloon Flight
From Balloon Fight (1984)
Written by Hirokazu Tanaka
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The best fighting game... EVER!
25 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

Mario and the gang have returned for another bout. Only this time, they have new moves, items, places to battle... and of course, several new Nintendo stars to battle with.

The characters have never looked better. There's a lot of nice texture work here--you can see even very minor details like the stitching on Mario's overalls or the scales on Bowser's skin. The game constantly runs at 60 FPS, or frames per second (really, really smoothly), and load time is anywhere from one-and-a-half seconds to almost none at all.

Thankfully, Nintendo has not decided to edit the sound effects for the English version, unlike what they did for the first title. (Grr...) The music is very nicely done. Most of the tunes are orchestrated, and they even included the DK Rap from Donkey Kong 64!

Controls are also very similar to the first game. Players jump with the Y Button, use regular attacks with the A button, use special attacks with the B button, shield with the L or R buttons, and grab other players with the awkwardly placed Z Button. I recommend practicing to get the hang of it all.

The arenas are a lot more unique this time around, too. For instance, in the F-Zero Mute City stage, the arena constantly moves, and you can even get hit by the F-Zero cars zooming by. (This has to be seen to be believed.) Or in the Pokémon Stadium level, the landscape changes at random. All of the stages have little obstacles and traps like these.

The game is LOADED with all sorts of modes, even in single-player. Adventure mode, for instance, takes you through all sorts of cool stages based on Nintendo games. Players have several battle options, and players can also fight in tournaments with up to 64 players.

What about secrets? Well, I won't disclose much, but there are many characters to be unlocked, like Pichu, Ganondorf, and Prince Marth (from the Japanese RPG Fire Emblem). The only one I would change is Jigglypuff, who doesn't do much of anything. You can even earn many new arenas.

With all these options, modes, and secrets, this game is sure to keep players busy for a long, long time.

My score: 10 out of 10

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