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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published by: Nintendo
Developed by: Nintendo
Genre: Fighting
Rated: RP (Rated Pending
Release Date: TBA 2007
Written By: DarthGohan1

With the release of the Nintendo's next home console coming later this year, it is no surprise that the hype for many of the announced games for Wii is incredible. Super Smash Bros. Brawl continues the Super Smash Bros. franchise, after Super Smash Bros. on N64 and Super Smash Bros. Melee, the #1 selling Gamecube game. The franchise has evolved since Super Smash Bros. was released on N64 way back in the early part of 1999, starring the likes of Mario, Luigi, Samus, Link, Pikachu, and a few others. After the days of only being able to play as 12 characters in Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee, released during holiday season of 2001, allowed gamers to play as over double as many characters from Nintendo's famed franchises, with new additions including Mewtwo, the Ice Climbers duo, Mr. Game & Watch and Dr. Mario.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl's graphics truly are spectacular.

The first noticeable difference when comparing Super Smash Bros. Brawl to Super Smash Bros. Melee is the improvement in the graphics department. Both the characters, as seen above and below, as well as the arenas they duke it out in, look beautiful, at the very least. There has been lots of talk about the Nintendo Wii being a disappointment when it comes to allowing true "next-gen" graphics in its games, but Super Smash Bros. Brawl alone could prove the critics wrong. The details, especially on the characters, are terrific. In the screenshot below of Mario, SSBB-style, it seems as if every thread on his blue jean suspenders can be seen.

The details on each character are astounding.

Of course, a great game could not be great if it was not fun to play. Masahiro Sakurai, one of Super Smash Bros. Brawl's lead developers, said this, "...we're focusing on bringing multiple people together to play simultaneously in perhaps new and different ways," when commenting on the online experience. This shows that the development team is not as worried as much about the online intricacies, such as rankings and the like, but more about creating an online gaming experience like none before. The Super Smash Bros. franchise is not new to doing things differently; Super Smash Bros. on N64 was the first game ever to throw a bunch of characters from all different game series in a single game to fight battles in more ways than anyone ever imagined possible. No official online gameplay modes have been announced, but there is a good chance 4 player battle might be the only way to play online. Do remember nothing is confirmed though, there could be lots more.

Newcomers, like Pit and Meta, and the "Golden Oldies" sure are generating lots of hype.

One of the main additions everyone is looking forward to in Super Smash Bros. Brawl is the new characters. At E3 in May, Solid Snake from the Metal Gear franchise, Meta Knight from the Kirby series, Pit from the classic Kid Icarus, Wario from the Mushroom Kingdom, and Samus will now be Zero Suit Samus. Fans of these characters' games could not be happier with the additions, and once the game releases, everyone will enjoy using the new playable characters in their epic battles.

Along with new characters, there will be new arenas for these battles to be fought in. No new battlefields have been confirmed, but the possibilities truly are endless. There will most likely be new arenas inspired both by the old characters' games, as well as the new characters' games. Who wouldn't want to knock someone out with a fart attack from Wario in Wario's Woods? Of course a classic level from one a classic game such as Wario's Woods, Metal Gear, or Kid Icarus would be "touched up" to a "next-gen" level graphics-wise.

The Wii controller is brought up right when any game is mentioned.

Right when one of the Wii's games is mentioned, the controller is somehow brought up. Although no specific control scheme has been announced, Sakurai has said Super Smash Bros. Brawl will not go too far with the controller, allowing the game to be not too difficult to play. Like with online play, the development team made a choice allowing for simplicity, instead of going for something that might turn down a lot of potential players.

Right now, Super Smash Bros. Brawl looks like it could "pull a Melee", and become Wii's #1 selling game. It is not expected to release with the Wii at launch, but rather sometime in early 2007; nothing is definite though, except that Super Smash Brawl is bound to be a must-have game for any person who owns a Wii.

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