Super Smash Bros. Melee review

One of the GameCube's first titles remains at the top of the list

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Beyond this, there's a one player adventure that takes you through the world of Nintendo, filled with even more in-jokes and shameless nostalgia. The crazy thing is, the versus mode fighting mechanics are done so well that they easily transfer into this side scrolling, platforming design. It's like getting an entirely different game for free.

Beating these throwback levels unlocks all kinds of fanboy schwag like even more mascot fighters and fully viewable character trophies. These informative idols spill the beans on characters' first appearance, historical significance and other irrelevant tidbits. But for fans all that data makes Melee the GameCube's tent pole release. Securing all these trophies, plus hidden characters and battlegrounds, will appeal on some level to even the staunchest anti-Nintendo gamer.

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DescriptionFrom beginning to unreachable end, this is one giant tribute to Nintendo and its fans.
US censor rating"Teen"
UK censor rating""
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)
Brett Elston

A fomer Executive Editor at GamesRadar, Brett also contributed content to many other Future gaming publications including Nintendo Power, PC Gamer and Official Xbox Magazine. Brett has worked at Capcom in several senior roles, is an experienced podcaster, and now works as a Senior Manager of Content Communications at PlayStation SIE.