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Platform: Gamecube | Publisher: Nintendo of America


Titles rated T (Teen) have content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older. Titles in this category may contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and/or infrequent use of strong language.

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Super Smash Bros. Melee

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At first glance Super Smash Bros. Melee seems like a typical fighting game. Players can choose a warrior to wail on rivals, whether they be friends, family or a computer-controlled opponent. However, a closer look reveals that Super Smash Bros. Melee actually follows a much different set of rules from a standard fighting game like Street Fighter. The game is the Gamecube follow up to the original Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo64.

The game's most defining characteristic is its Nintendo-centric character roster. Each fighter has been made famous through previous Nintendo games. Some are easily recognizable, such as Mario and Pikachu. Others are not as well known, including a swordsman named Marth from Fire Emblem, a strategy game series that's popular in Japan. Each character attacks according to his physical make-up and powers. For example, Mario can attack opponents with fireballs. His dragon-like nemesis, Bowser, makes good use of his enormous strength and spiked shell.

Unlike most fighting games, players don't need to learn and execute intricate controller movements to perform a "special attack" (a signature move that damages opponents). Pressing the buttons on the Gamecube's controller (sometimes combined with simultaneously pressing the controller up, down left or right) makes the character perform one of several specialized moves. The player must decide which moves suit his purposes best, since a match in Super Smash Bros. Melee doesn't simply end when one fighter runs out of energy. Instead, the object is to "push" the opponent out of the ring by weakening him. Whomever has the least amount of "outs" after a set time limit is the winner of the match. Items also appear randomly on the field, ranging from weapons like swords and bats to healing items like food. Four players can fight at once.


With such a nostalgic premise and a successful predecessor on Nintendo64, the game became a massive hit for the Gamecube, selling 6 million units worldwide-- the most ever sold on the system. In addition to commercial success, the game received many video game press accolades and top honors as a fan favorite. A new version of the game is coming out on the Wii in 2008, entitled Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Super Smash Bros. Melee is rated "T" for "Teen" and is marked for "Comic Mischief" and "Mild Violence." The game does involve fighting, moreover it puts family-friendly characters like Mario in a seemingly violent pastime. However, the violence in the game is presented much like a cartoon. There's no blood, and characters fly off-screen when they're defeated. At the end of the match, everyone appears unharmed in the ranking ceremony, and the losers even clap for the winner.

Comments on Super Smash Bros. Melee (2)
By vicky309 - June 24, 2008

my lil bro luvs the game , although i think that children uner 10 souldnt play it, he is 2 violent because of it. he is only 4.

By ShadowMan - May 26, 2008

I may be 14 but I know about sex,drug,beer,etc.but this game does NOT diserve this rating!Halo 1 got a T rating.HALO!!!Super smash bros. does not in any way relate in nature to halo!!!And another thing,if they rated this game and brawl T,Why not the original?Sure,They say it is because it puts loveable characters like pichu or kirby in danger,but what other game doesnt??

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