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In Pictures: Super Mario Smash Brothers Brawl

  • Pikachu, Link and Mario face off
    For many it’s a chance to let loose some pent up irritation at princess-chasing nancy-boys in green elf suits. Others are finally able to prove that yellow Chihuahuas can indeed be both adorable and deadly. For some it’s just a chance to establish that nothing beats a bowl of pasta and a steady diet of mushrooms before a fight.
  • Choose your weapon
    Whatever your flavour of character you’ll enjoy the new selections, which – for the first time – include non-Nintendo characters like our favourite blue-haired hedgehog, Sonic, and Metal Gear Solid’s Solid Snake. A total of 35 characters are now available to choose from.
  • Ready…fight!
    Combat allows four players to duke it out together on screen. As per tradition, the aim of the game is to send your opponents flying out of the arena with one of your potent smash attacks. There is a variety of controller options. Old-school fans can even use the cube controller with the original Smash Brother’s controls.
  • It’s back!
    It’s been nine years since gamers around the world were first handed a Nintendo cube controller and set forth to beat the living bejesus out of each other using some of gaming’s most famous, cute and, let’s face it, non-threatening characters. It was fun then and nothing has changed. This year’s release of Super Mario Smash Brothers Brawl brings back the beef and pitches an even larger group of lovable gaming personalities against each other in a fight to the death.
  • Mario lets loose
    It’s not all about pure brawn. Battle modes include a wide variety of collectable items. Favourites such as the Mario Kart banana (you know the one that always got you just before the finish line) and the deadly Bob-omb, which, needless to say, still does irreparable damage.
  • Reeeeeeeoooooowwwww!
    Each of the stages represents a video game’s theme, such as the Mario Kart racetrack, a Pokemon arena or Yoshi’s Island. Each represents a different topography and introduces its own special brand of challenges. The Wii version also allows online multiplayer games and even a single-player adventure mode. Matches are highly customisable and it’s even possible to create your own custom maps.
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