Nintendo's Fighting Success!
3.......2.......1......SMASH! Nintendo the family-friendly based game company where Mario, Fox, & Donkey Kong walk together in a grassy land all happy and then...WHAT THE....Mario just trips Donkey Kong with his foot and starts attacking him rapidly, Mario tries throwing fireballs at Fox however Fox uses his deflector shield and Mario is set on fire. Yes it's a Nintendo game where you beat up other Nintendo characters it was a surprise when it first game out as Nintendo was more of a family-based gaming company and not many Nintendo games were beat em ups. But one question still remained was this game any good as a fighting game Yes or No let's find out by starting this review.
Graphics: 7 out of 10
The graphics in this game aren't very eye catching like other games on the system such as Perfect Dark or Super Mario 64 however since this was Nintendo's first time making a Nintendo characters fighting game so I wouldn't rate this very low or very high either. If you were to look at it's sequels Melee and Brawl then you would see that the graphics are very improved over the N64 version. So 7 out of 10 is the rating I would give graphics since it was their first try at making this type of game.
Sound: 10 out of 10
Now the sound/music in this game definitely makes up for the graphics not being the best on the console, the music in this game is great from the Sector Z level to the Metal Mario level or even Kirby's level. It gives you that feel where you want to keep going no matter how low your chances may seem and you'll keep on fighting until the end of the game. Not only is the music great but the sounds that the characters make are very on par with a good rating especially with Captain Falcon's impossible to forget saying "Show me your moves" which has been used so much in videos online. So a very good and detailed job on the sound in this game 10 out of 10 is deserved here.
Addictiveness: 10 out of 10
The addictiveness level in this game is High as when you're playing alone it's mostly about playing through the classic mode in this game where you go through stages fighting and defeating all the characters in that level to move on to the next stage and progress to the final stage. Even after you're finish the Classic mode you still have some things to do as there are 4 hidden characters in the game that you can unlock and each of them require a certain requirement. Ness= Normal difficulty with 3 lives & no continuing, Luigi= Complete Bonus 1 with all 8 original characters, Jigglypuff= Any difficulty, any amount of lives, any amount of continues, Captain Falcon= Complete 1P mode in under 20 minutes, any difficulty, any amount of lives, any amount of continues (although not a wise choice since you only have 20 min). Now where the real addictiveness value comes in is the multiplayer mode as fighting against CPU's or with your friends is one of the best ways to spend time playing this game whether your fighting a computer, a 1 on 3 fight, or even a 2 on 2 fight. You will have lots of enjoyment playing this game with your friends it's a great game to pop into your N64 and play if you want to chill with your friends so 10 out of 10 is the score I'm giving addictiveness for this game.
Difficulty: 5 out of 10
This is gonna be a strange one to rate and review as the difficulty in this game really all depends on you or your friends as you can set the difficulty in the game and the difficulty between you and your friends just depends on which one of you is best at playing the game and that's not something that can be programmed to change.....unless you take their controller away. But even in the 1P mode you still can set the difficulty of the game from Very Easy to Very Hard so you have control over how hard you want the game to be so there really isn't any set difficulty in the game itself so since you program the difficulty and it depends on how well you play the game I'm gonna rate this 5 out of 10.
Depth: 7 out of 10
This game has many things to offer between it's great multiplayer action and it's 1P adventure which has 11 Regular fighting stages and 3 Bonus stages each having a different theme. 1st being - Break The Targets! where you have a time limit and must destroy all the targets before the timer runs out or before you fall down a pit and fail the game, 2nd is - Board The Platforms! Where it basically follow the same rules as the Break The Targets stage except instead of targets you have to land on all the platforms in the stage hence the name Board The Platforms, The final bonus stage is called - Race to the finish! and as the name implies you have to hurry and race to the exit before the time runs out while you have enemies trying to attack you and stop you from proceeding. Also as I mentioned in the addictiveness rating section there are 4 hidden characters in the game that you can unlock but there is still another secret in this game and that is a stage that you can unlock called "Mushroom Kingdom" where in able to unlock it you must be the 1P mode with all 8 original characters and then play all the multiplayer stages at least once to unlock this level. There are also 2 final hidden things inside the game but they aren't really important to the game which are and Item Switch menu and a Sound Test menu, the item switch is unlockable by playing 100 vs matches and to unlock the Sound Test you have to complete both Bonus Stages 1 & 2 with all 12 characters. So there is alot to do and unlock in the game but there could have been more so a 7 out of 10 is what I'm rating Depth.
There isn't really a story to this game that I know of but you can probably get a good idea of what the story is when you play the game. If I would explain a story to my knowledge it would be like this: You're Nintendo Characters and everything was peaceful one day until an evil villain named Master Hand came into the world to wreak havoc and control everything so you set of as Mario or Link or someone else to stop Master Hand however he has a few tricks up his sleeve and decides to send the other Nintendo characters to stop you from proceeding in your attempt to stop his reign. However since there is no story so I can't give it a rating so I have to leave this one blank.
So that is Super Smash Bros on Nintendo 64 a really great game for it's time and still a great game today. If you have an N64 and you can find this game cheap go ahead and pick this one up cause you won't be disappointed so what are you waiting for there is a match starting right now get in there and prepare to fight for your life 3.....2.....1.....TIME!....To end this review.