Super Smash Bros. (Series) Review

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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 6 months ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Super Smash Bros. in its various versions offers real-time brawling battles. The tens of characters are drawn from other video games and each has bespoke moves to learn and perfect.

It looks like a cartoony kids game, but each character takes time and practice to learn. They all have different attacks and ways to move around. This can mean that those with more experience do better in family battles, but there's always a chance for everyone to win.

A big part of the appeal is the lighthearted fun, along with the huge range of characters drawn from other video games including Super Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Star Fox, Kirby, Yoshi and Pokémon.
  • Super Smash Bros. is on Super Nintendo
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee is on Nintendo 64
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl is on GameCube
  • Super Smash Bros. in on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is on Nintendo Switch

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 21/01/1999, updated in 2018

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U.

Genres: Action and Fighting.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 23 hours and 30 hours to complete.
 
Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online. Along with playing the campaign battles, players will spend many more hours battling each other. To play with 8 people on Smash Ultimate each needs their own Joy-Con half. Some players prefer the Pro controller.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

This game supports Nintendo's amiibo, figurines and cards that can be purchased separately to unlock in-game items.

You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is rated PEGI 12 with frequent mild violence. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: 2D arcade-style fighting game. Violence consists of kicks, punches and the use of some weapons. There is no blood or visible injury. The characters reactions to the violence are over-exaggerated with bright flashes and smoke effects on impact. Players can square off in direct hand-to-hand combat battles using human-like characters.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.


Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio... read more about system accessibility settings.


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