SmashRadar: 10 things to do before Brawl dies

Like a piece of gum that’s lost its flavor and causes your jaw to ache more with every labored chew, Super Smash Bros. Brawl fever has cooled. Gamers have moved on to bigger, better things and are eagerly anticipating other Nintendo ventures (Mario Kart Wii, anyone?). But before you shelve Brawl for good, be sure to squeeze the last ounce of fun from this shiny game disc- savor every moment, every movement and every loading screen. Or, if you can’t bring yourself to do that, at least complete all 10 items on our list of Things to Do Before Brawl Dies.

10. Unlock all characters
There’s really no excuse if you haven’t done this yet. Despite all of Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw's bitching and moaning in hisZero Punctuation reviewof Super Smash Bros. Brawl about unlocking characters, it’s not asking more than a two hour time sink a night for a solid week, grinding through Subspace Emissary or completing the requisite multiplayer matches to unlock characters.

To refresh your memory, here are the different ways to get who where:

Captain Falcon
+70 Brawls
+Beat Classic Mode on Normal difficulty or higher under 12 minutes
+Complete Stage 20 in Subspace Emissary

+50 Brawls
+Beat 100 Man Brawl
+Complete Stage 18 in Subspace Emissary

+200 Brawls
+Clear Classic Mode on Hard with Link or Zelda
+Collect the Link and Zelda trophies during Stage 30 of Subspace Emissary

+350 Brawls
+Complete Subspace Emissary and then return to Stage 18 "The Swamp." Go to the part with the barrels over the water and swim to the right. Enter the first floating red door you see.
+Complete Events 1-20, (succeed or fail) and then defeat Jigglypuff.

+100 Brawls
+Complete the Target Smash on all difficulty levels (this can be done on 1 or 2 player mode)
+Complete Stage 21 in Subspace Emissary

+22 Brawls
+Beat Classic Mode without using continues
+Complete Stage 29 in Subspace Emissary

+10 Brawls
+Complete Classic mode on any difficulty
+Complete Stage 8 in Subspace Emissary

Mr. Game & Watch
+250 Brawls
+Clear Target Smash with 30 different characters on any single difficulty level
+Complete Stage 25 in Subspace Emissary

+5 Brawls
+Reflect 10 projectiles in a Brawl
+Complete Stage 29 in Subspace Emissary

+160 Brawls
+Get 250 different trophies
+Complete Stage 27 in Subspace Emissary

+130 Brawls
+Play 15 Brawls on Shadow Moses Island
+Complete Stage 23 in Subspace Emissary

+300 Brawls
+Beat Classic Mode with 10 different characters
+Brawl for 10 hours
+Complete Subspace Emissary (just the main story - you don't have to %100 it)

Toon Link
+400 Brawls
+Beat either Classic Mode with any character on any difficulty, or complete Subspace Emissary and sit through the credits.
+Complete Subspace Emissary's main story and go to Stage 9 "The Forest". Head to the right and enter the first floating red door you see.

+450 Brawls
+Complete the main story in Subspace Emissary, then go to Stage 14 "The Ruins". Skip the first door you pass when riding the second elevator down (with the purple spikes). Enter the second door at the bottom.
+With Boss Mode unlocked, finish Boss Mode as Fox or Falco