Super Smash Bros Wii U
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Game Reviewed: Super Smash Bros Wii U
Developer: Bandai Namco Games Sora Ltd
Platform: Wii U
ESRB Rating: E10
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Alongside the first portable version of the series for the 3DS, Super Smash Bros. Wii U releases on… well, the Wii U. And it is glorious.
The series is basically an all-star celebration of Nintendo, featuring a gargantuan collection of Nintendo characters in a fast-paced and enjoyable fighting game. It’s colorful, it’s chaotic, and it’s supremely well-balanced so that all your favorite characters are here, and all legitimately fun to play.
The Wii U version offers the same basic gameplay of the series, but with a few innovations. There are new modes, like 8-player battles, Smash Tour (a board game mode; think Mario Party, except you fight each other instead of doing mini-games), a plethora of new events, and the same Mii-maker as the 3DS version. I’ve enjoyed making fighters based on people I know or fictional characters I love. The stage creator is also back, and far better than ever, using the Wii U touch pad to literally draw the map onto the battlefield.
The sheer amount of content in this one is pretty huge, and the combat is fun as always. And is it family-friendly as it always has been?
…well duh. But let’s take a look anyway.
What Parents Need to Know
There is, of course, tons of fighting. But it’s all cartoony and fun, and there’s no blood or anything; characters react to being hit by flinching and flying backward with a yelp.
Nothing to speak of. There’s barely even any dialogue.
Samus and Sheik have rather skin-tight clothing, but it’s not particularly sexualized.
There’s magic, but only in the sense that some characters have psychic or magical powers that result in shiny explosions or something. There’s no actual spirituality in the game, just magical sparkles on behalf of characters from fantasy games.
A Child’s Perspective: Kids love Super Smash Bros. Especially if they’re into Nintendo games to begin with, in which case they love playing as their favorite characters. You can’t go wrong with this one.
I haven’t had this much fun with Super Smash Bros. since I poured hundreds of hours into Melee as a kid. It’s the ultimate party game, with fast-paced and enjoyable action up to eight people can enjoy together.
To make it better, it’s not hard to play. The game is made to be easy to learn and difficult to master, so while there’s a lot of depth a beginner will not immediately catch on to, the basic ability to play it not beyond the reach of any parent, no matter how little gaming experience they may have.
My only disappointment is the exclusion of a story mode, since the Subspace Emissary in Brawl was actually a surprisingly engaging story, but the game has so much enjoyable content I find it hard to dock too many points for that.
If you want a fun, enjoyable, and appropriate game for your family to play together, this is probably the best currently out there.