Super Smash Bros. BrawlReady to Brawl? - Super Smash Bros. Brawl
The Good: '¢ 35 or so characters '¢ a variety of stages adding for a different experience each time you power the game on '¢ online capabilities '¢ tons of cooperative play '¢ 4 different control schemes '¢ an ENTIRE story, which is called "The Subspace Emissary"
The Bad: (yes, this is a rather long section, but that is because it points out the bad flaws in the game)
The bad about WiFi: I'm sorry to say this, but the WiFi on this game isn't that great. That is one of the key reasons I gave the game a 4.0 out of 5.0.
First of all, it's laggy! The lag online is enough to get you screaming at your television, almost. Sometimes you cannot even see where your character is, or you could be getting attacked by some "unseen force", mainly projectile attacks. Lag in this game causes a large amount of your attacks to miss. Lag can cause characters to appear to be in an entirely different place, and they could be right behind you!
However, there is two good things about the WiFi in this game.
Unlocking Characters: Yes, you can use any character you have unlocked online. If there is a character you don't have, and you beat the user, you unlock that character! If you are good at the game, this can be a much faster alternative than having to play through the Subspace Emissary, or other alternative methods.
Playing with Friends: Aww, who doesn't love battling your friends online? Showing your friends the skills you possess can be fun, and you can also do a variety of different modes, such as Stamina, where you fight to the death. Once again, online play with friends is also somewhat laggy, and NO, you cannot unlock characters by playing with friends.
Detailed Comments: Ah, onto the good part of the review, I presume...
 What's new in Super Smash Bros. Brawl? '¢ Control schemes '¢ Characters '¢ Levels '¢ Music '¢ Masterpieces '¢ Stage Builder  Subspace Emissary '¢ What is the Subspace Emissary?  Cooperative Play '¢ What is cooperative play? '¢ What modes offer cooperative play? '¢ Does cooperative play lead to more gameplay?  Final Words '¢ Why you should buy Super Smash Bros. Brawl '¢ Closing statement
 What's new in Super Smash Bros. Brawl?
Well, what is new in Super Smash Bros. Brawl?
First of all, all the graphics were entirely redone, other than the Melee stages! No more choppy graphics, they're all clear now.
Techniques from Melee, such as wavedashing, were removed, and it is rather unfortunate. Gameplay is much slower now, and is more offense based than defense based. This may or may not be a good thing, depending on your style of battle.
WiFi, or Nintendo WiFi Connection, was introduced from Melee, as stated in my "The Bad" section. It should hold all the information about Nintendo WiFi Connection that you will need.
Second of all, the characters, which leads to to our next section!
Most of Nintendo's all stars have returned, which is not surprising. Here is a list, and some pictures, of Nintendo's returning all stars who happened to end up in the starting crew:
That is the only image I can find of levels, but Planet Brinstar, and many others will also appear in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Music is a HUGE part in this game. There are tons of songs, to start with. There's guaranteed to be a song in here that will fit your tastes. Some songs have been redone, and others are the originals from games.
In Melee, there was about 2 songs per stage. There are from 1-7 or so on every stage now, and you can control how frequently a certain song comes up.
Go to the "MyMusic" section in Vault. Here you can adjust how commonly certain songs come on. You can even make it so only one song will play on a certain stage.
To unlock more songs, find CDs. CDs will show up randomly while doing VS matches, or in set spots in the story mode.
There is a new mode called "Masterpieces". Here you can participate in demos of games that the classic fighters appeared in, such as Super Mario World, Starfox 64, and the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Part of the fun in Brawl is going back and seeing where your favorite character originated.
One of the great things in Brawl is the new Stage Builder mode. Here you can build your own stages and play on them! Another cool thing is that you can send them to your friends, and they can send theirs to you. Isn't that awesome?
 Subspace Emissary '¢ What is the Subspace Emissary?
What is the Subspace Emissary, you ask?
Simple! It's the adventure mode in Brawl. Instead of you just going through levels, like in Melee, you actually have an ENTIRE story mode to complete this time.
Subspace Emissary is used to unlock characters, stages, stickers, and trophies! Unlocking a certain character can lead to more characters, stages, assist trophies, or maybe even additional trophies.
Subspace Emissary takes a fair share of time to complete, approximately 8-10 hours on "Easy" mode.
 Cooperative Play '¢ What is cooperative play? '¢ What modes offer cooperative play? '¢ Does cooperative play lead to more gameplay?
First of all, what is cooperative play? Cooperative play is the ability to link up two controllers, and play with your friends. This is not like a standard versus mode, you'll actually be playing with your friends, and cooperating, in order to clear Events, Target Smash, and other unlockable modes.
What modes offer cooperative play? Well, for starters, there is events. There are about twenty Events where you can tag team with a friend to complete. Second of all, Target Smash, also known as "break the targets". Work with a teammate and destroy the targets while also trying to get the lowest amount of time. Home Run Contest also offers the ability to work with a friend to smash Sandbag as far as you possibly can.
Does cooperative play lead to more gameplay? Of course! Working with friends makes it so you have to work double as hard as you normally would, meaning that it will mean you need to play more. Having about 20 additional events, the ability to try and score the best length you possibly can in Home Run Contest, and trying to score (and clear) Target Smash makes it so you need to play the game twice as much.
 Final Words '¢ Why you should buy Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Why should you buy Super Smash Bros. Brawl? Well, first of all, it's an amazing game, even without Wifi play. The ability to smash with friends, or against controlled AI (artificial intelligence) allows you to prove who the best smasher truly is. Having being completely remodeled from Melee makes it even better than it's prequel. Buy Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and let the true battle over the best smasher begin!