Developer: HAL Laboratory
NA Release date: Dec. 3, 2001
Media: 1 optical game disc
Nintendo first presented Super Smash Bros. Melee at E3 in 2001 as a playable demo. It was one of the first games released on the Nintendo Gamecube. The famous opening sequence of the game was used to highlight Gamecube’s advanced graphics while trying to gain system popularity after the mediocre N64. It was released later that year in December and immediately gained popularity upon release. The thought of being able to fight with different Nintendo characters in updated graphics excited video game fans everywhere. The game is similar to the previous game Super Smash Bros. for N64 but also adds some new elements of gameplay.
In the game, popular Nintendo characters such as characters from Super Mario Bros., Earthbound and Legend of Zelda fight each other in over 20 stages of action. Also, each level resembles that of a popular Nintendo game. For example in a Mario level, players fight in what resembles a level from Super Mario Bros. with question block, pipes and other similar elements found in that game. Instead of having a health bar like in usual fighter games like Street Fighter, this game has a Percentage counter that shows how much damage has been done to a character. Another element that makes this game different is that instead of winning by having your opponent lose all their health, the opponent must be pushed off the stage. The more damage done to the opponent, the easier to push the opponent off the stage and win. Sometimes items relating to Nintendo games fall into play for additional fun.
The graphics in the game are strong and unique. They are three-dimensional graphics but the player of the game can only control their character as on a two-dimensional platform. There are two modes of play, Single player and Multi-player. Like with most game multi-player mode is more fun but single player is still a blast. There are also other modes and mini-games that help add to the replay value. In all, there are 15 characters at first and 11 unlockable for a total of 26 characters. The music featured in the game is similar music to what you’d hear in popular Nintendo games.
In January 2003, Super Smash Bros Melee became part of the Player’s Choice, which was a category of the best-selling games on the GameCube that had been reduced in price. In August 2005, Nintendo bundled the game with the GameCube for $99.99. It is the GameCube’s best-selling game with over six million copies sold worldwide as of November 17, 2006.
Regular Characters: Mario Mario, King Bowser Koopa, Princess Toadstool, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Captain Falcon, Fox McCloud, Ness, The Ice Climbers (Nana and Popo), The Ice Climber (Popo), Kirby, Samus Aran, Princess Zelda/Sheik, Link, Pikachu
Secret Characters: Doctor Mario Mario, Luigi Mario, Ganondorf , Falco Lombardi, Young Link, Pichu, Jigglypuff, Mewtwo, Mister Game And Watch, Prince Marth, Roy