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E3 06: Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Sneaky Nintendo. They didn't utter a single syllable about the Wii entry in the Super Smash Brothers franchise. Yet, tonight, in a special event for a select few lucky souls, we got our first look at it. And Nintendo even gave us video.

Many of the details of the new game, titled Super Smash Bros. Brawl, are still vague: the release date is just "2007", and while we're promised online modes and a more robust single-player experience, there's no word on how that will actually be achieved.

However, one video, not even three minutes long, has us putting down preorder deposits anyhow. There are slick visuals, obviously, and a crazy selection of new characters, taken from Nintendo's greatest hits. We'll get Pit from Kid Icarus, Metaknight from Kirby, a puppy from Nintendogs, Solid Snake from Metal Gear (more third-party characters may be on the way, too) and Wario, complete with what looks like an atomic fart. Finally, there's Zero Suit Samus, a variation of the Metroid series heroine wearing a tight jumpsuit and no helmet - we'll just say it now and get it over with: she's hot.

The only downside we see so far is that it's not planned to be a launch title. But even that's not so bad. That'll give us time to play through all the other launch titles before this takes over our lives.

What are you waiting for? Watch the video by clicking the movies tab above.

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