If you have a Wii and you don't have this game, you're missing out. Severely.
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Gameplay: (There are actually four ways to play this but I'm sticking with one and it is the setting wherein the Wiimote is tilted sideways to resemble an old NES controller)
Controls are very basic that even a non-experienced person can get the hang of it. There are basically two buttons to attack and you just have to combine those two buttons with directional buttons to do more moves. The block button (which is located at the back of the Wiimote) is surprisingly very accessible. The object of the game is to knock the other player out of the screen. Unlike other fighting games, there is no life bar here. Instead, you get a percentage system. The higher your percentage, the higher the chance you get knocked out of the screen. This game has a lot of game modes. There's Classic which is basically the Story mode of other fighters. There's All-Star wherein you are pitted against all the characters in Brawl. There's Event that are like challenges and are preset matches. There's Target Smash where you need to break the targets. There's Home Run Contest where you try to hit Sandbag as far as you can with a baseball bat. There's Multi-Man Brawl where you are bombarded with enemies. It is also divided into another set of modes. There's Boss Battles where you can relive the battles you had in the Subspace Emissary. There's Tournament in where up to 32 players can play. It's a really neat feature if you plan to host tournaments. There's Rotation if you're more than four people brawling. There's Special Brawl where you can set specific status's on and there's the normal Brawl mode where you and your buddies can have a very fun time at.
There's also a stage editor where you can create your own stages and share them online. Sadly though, you cannot brawl online with your custom stages.
There are three brawl modes in this game namely Survival, KO Fest and Coin Collector. Survival gives you limited lives. The objective of the mode is to be the last player standing. KO Fest is a timed mode wherein you can brawl your heart out and try to knock out your opponents in a limited time. The player with the most KOs at the end of the match wins. Coin Collector is another timed event wherein you collect coins dropped by opponents when you hit them. You get more coins by knocking opponents out. The player with the most coins win.
The Subspace Emissary is the adventure mode in this game, you can play either by yourself or with a buddy. The boss fights here are very nice and interesting and require a bit of strategy and skill to get past. The platforming however can get a bit repetitive and boring. Good thing they put awesome cutscenes in it or you'd be rather bored of it in less than 10 minutes. Playing through SSE is also the quickest way to get all the characters.
Now, to the actual gameplay. It is phenomenal! It's basically a no holds barred brawl. Friends will really come in handy when playing this game because 4-man brawls are just so fun that you and your friends might have a hard time stopping! It's that fun! What's great about it is that it is friendly for everyone to play and that just gives it plus points. As the saying goes, the more the merrier! But that doesn't mean playing alone is meaningless. There is the Classic and All-Star mode for that. You can also go online and battle with your friends or anonymous people.
Sound: This game has one of the best soundtracks ever. There's so many songs in the soundtrack that it's just jaw-dropping. Each stage has at least five or so songs in it and the best part is that you can set what plays more often and what doesn't. Some of the songs will give you nostalgia for they are the original 8-bit songs you hear back when you were young. Some of them have been redone and sound great. Sound effects are killer too. They really bring life to the stage and the character. Voices are also killer. It's too bad though that they don't talk in SSE.
Lifespan: The fact is that this game does not get old. Brawling is so addictive that you might have a hard time putting the controller down especially if you're brawling with friends. There are tons of unlockables ranging from trophies to stickers that will keep you occupied for many hours.
Overall: One of the best games out there. This game alone is a reason to buy the Wii.