Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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Game InfoBox
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North American box art
Details
Developer(s) Sora Ltd.
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Masahiro Sakurai
Release date(s)
North America March 9, 2008
Japan January 31, 2008
Europe June 27, 2008
Australia June 26, 2008

Game Chronology
<-- Super Smash Bros. Melee Super Smash Bros. 4 -->
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The title screen.
Meta Knight fighting with Kirby in the Pink Ball Repulsion event.
Jigglypuff in the all-star rest area.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl (known in Japan as 大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズX - Dairantō Sumasshu Burazāzu Ekkusu, Great Fray Smash Brothers X) is a fighting game for the Wii and the third game in the Super Smash Bros. series. Like the other games in the series, it is a cross-over between various video game franchises and involves three playable characters from the Kirby series in a side-scrolling platformer-fighting game where the goal is to knock opponents off the stage.

Characters

Super Smash Bros. Brawl features 35 playable characters, not including transformations, keeping all but four characters from the previous game and adding many newcomers.

Picture Character Series
Bowser SSBB.jpg Bowser Mario
Captain Falcon SSBB.jpg Captain Falcon F-Zero
Olimar SSBB.jpg Captain Olimar (with Pikmin) Pikmin
Diddy Kong SSBB.jpg Diddy Kong Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong SSBB.jpg Donkey Kong Donkey Kong
Falco SSBB.jpg Falco Star Fox
Fox SSBB.jpg Fox Star Fox
Ganondorf SSBB.jpg Ganondorf The Legend of Zelda
Ice Climbers SSBB.jpg Ice Climbers (Popo and Nana) Ice Climbers
Ike SSBB.jpg Ike Fire Emblem
Jigglypuff SSBB.jpg Jigglypuff Pokémon
KingDedede.png King Dedede Kirby
Kirby.jpg Kirby Kirby
Link SSBB.jpg Link The Legend of Zelda
Lucario SSBB.jpg Lucario Pokémon
Lucas SSBB.jpg Lucas Earthbound/Mother
Luigi SSBB.jpg Luigi Mario
Mario SSBB.jpg Mario Mario
Marth SSBB.jpg Marth Fire Emblem
Meta Knight SSBB.jpg Meta Knight Kirby
Mr. Game & Watch SSBB.jpg Mr. Game & Watch Game & Watch
Ness SSBB.jpg Ness Earthbound/Mother
Peach SSBB.jpg Peach Mario
Pikachu SSBB.jpg Pikachu Pokémon
Pit SSBB.jpg Pit Kid Icarus
Pokémon Trainer SSBB.jpg Pokémon Trainer
(commanding Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard)
Pokémon
R.O.B. SSBB.jpg R.O.B. Gyromite/Stack-Up
Samus SSBB.jpg

Zero Suit Samus SSBB.jpg

Samus/Zero Suit Samus Metroid
Snake SSBB.jpg Snake Metal Gear
Sonic SSBB.jpg Sonic Sonic the Hedgehog
Toon Link SSBB.jpg Toon Link The Legend of Zelda
Wario SSBB.jpg Wario Wario
Wolf SSBB.jpg Wolf Star Fox
Yoshi SSBB.jpg Yoshi Yoshi
Zelda SSBB.jpg

Sheik SSBB.jpg

Zelda/Sheik The Legend of Zelda

Kirby (as a fighter)

Kirby's artwork from Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Kirby is one of the starter characters in this game. He is notable for his small stature, light weight, and multiple mid-air jumps. His versatility makes him good for beginners, and he can copy the neutral special moves of all the other fighters.

Move-set

Most of Kirby's attacks come from his appearance in Melee, with many of those based on moves from the Kirby series, though some have changed between Melee and Brawl. Kirby's attacks are as follows:

Standard Ground

  • Neutral - Kirby jabs his opponent rapidly, similar to Vulcan Jab.
  • Forward tilt - Kirby does a spinning kick forward - with decent range.
  • Up tilt - Kirby kicks upward behind him.
  • Down tilt - Kirby kicks forward while crouching, sweeping the floor. May trip opponents.
  • Dash attack - Kirby does a Break Spin while moving forward.
  • Forward smash - Kirby does a strong kick as he steps forward. Based on Spin Kick.
  • Up smash - Kirby performs a bicycle kick, doing a back-flip in the process.
  • Down smash - Kirby spins with his feet out, hitting on both sides.

Standard Aerial

  • Neutral aerial - Kirby performs the 'Twinkle Star' move, spinning with arms and feet extended outward.
  • Forward aerial - Kirby kicks forward three times in succession, with the last hit dealing the most knockback.
  • Back aerial - Kirby kicks out with both feet behind, dealing a quick hit.
  • Up aerial - Kirby flip-kicks upward in mid-air, dealing good knockback.
  • Down aerial - Kirby drills with both feet downward, which can be used to send foes down.

Throws

  • Forward - Kirby flips with his opponent in the air, then pile-drives them into the ground. Based on the Pile Driver move.
  • Back - Kirby performs a backward suplex on his enemy. Based on the Backdrop ability.
  • Up - Kirby flies up off-screen with his foe, then crashes back down. This move is based on the Air Drop technique.
  • Down - Kirby throws his opponent to the ground and pummels them with his feet, similar to the Quick Stamping technique.

Special

  • Inhale - Kirby inhales, which will allow him to swallow up fighters who are close-by (within range of a grab). From there, Kirby can either spit them back out as a temporary Star Bullet, or 'swallow' them to copy their neutral special move (and gain a hat based on the fighter swallowed). Kirby can discard this move by taunting, or will lose it if he is hit by a strong attack (at random).
  • Hammer - Kirby pulls out his hammer, and swings it after some delay, causing good damage and knockback. Kirby hits twice in the air.
  • Final Cutter - Based on the last hit of the Cutter combo, Kirby takes out a blade, rises into the air, then crashes back down, releasing a shock wave on landing. Kirby can use this move to gain some height when recovering, and can grab the ledge with it, but it can be easy to intercept. When falling downward, Kirby can send his opponent flying downward with the blade if timed right.
  • Stone - Kirby transforms into a stone and crashes downward. He is invulnerable to all attacks except for grabs while in this form, and will damage opponents he collides with while falling.

Final Smash

Kirby becomes Cook Kirby, dons his hat and pulls out a cooking pot. All nearby fighters and items are pulled in, simmered for a time, then launched out, creating Food items in the process.

Tournament Standing

Kirby is currently ranked 20th on the Super Smash Bros. Brawl tier list - in D rank, as produced by the Smashboards community. While he has many strengths, especially in his combo game, Kirby has great difficulty approaching his foes, especially those who can rely heavily on projectiles. Despite the below-average ranking, Kirby has a decent average chance against the rest of the cast, easily beating most of the lower tier fighters, but easily beaten by the higher tier ones.

King Dedede (as a fighter)

King Dedede's artwork from Super Smash Bros. Brawl

King Dedede is one of the starter characters in this game, making his first appearance as a fighter here. He is a very heavy fighter, with slow but strong attacks and a powerful grab-game. Despite his size, King Dedede has a very high recovery, with 4 mid-air jumps and his Super Dedede Jump to pick up the slack.

Move-set

A great deal of King Dedede's attacks were made up for this game, though a few bear reference to his moves in the Kirby series. King Dedede's attacks are as follows:

Standard Ground

  • Neutral - King Dedede swipes up to two times with his hammer, then proceeds into a spinning hammer move which acts as a rapid jab.
  • Forward tilt - King Dedede thrusts his hammer forward and spins it. This move has incredible range.
  • Up tilt - King Dedede thrusts his head upward, covering a surprising amount of space.
  • Down tilt - King Dedede swipes the ground with his foot.
  • Dash attack - King Dedede trips and falls on his face, in a move with slow start-up but great knockback. This move is based on his body slam attack from the Kirby series.
  • Forward smash - King Dedede lifts his hammer up slowly, then sends it crashing down in front of him, dealing huge knockback if it connects.
  • Up smash - King Dedede swipes his hammer over his head in an arc.
  • Down smash - King Dedede spins his hammer around himself on the floor, hitting one side, then the other.

Standard Aerial

  • Neutral aerial - King Dedede puffs up and extends his limbs, hitting foes that make contact.
  • Forward aerial - King Dedede swings his hammer in front of himself.
  • Back aerial - King Dedede throws one foot behind him to kick opponents.
  • Up aerial - King Dedede thrusts his hammer upward, spinning it like a drill.
  • Down aerial - King Dedede falls while he spins his hammer beneath like a drill.

Throws

  • Forward - King Dedede smacks his opponent with the hammer, sending them forward.
  • Back - King Dedede tosses his opponent behind then smacks them with his hammer.
  • Up - King Dedede tosses his opponent into the air by jabbing them with his hands.
  • Down - King Dedede slams his opponent into the ground, then sits on them. Can be chained in certain situations.

Special

  • Inhale - King Dedede inhales, sucking in opponents who are fairly close to him. He cannot swallow like Kirby, but he can spit them out as a Star Bullet which deals more damage and goes further.
  • Waddle Dee Toss - King Dedede pulls out either a Waddle Dee, a Waddle Doo or a Gordo and tosses them at his opponent. If they land on the ground, they will linger, with Waddle Doo occasionally shooting beams.
  • Super Dedede Jump - Based on his jump attack from the Kirby series, King Dedede rises high into the air, then comes crashing back down, causing Recoil Stars to appear on each side of him when he lands. It can be used for recovery, but cannot grab ledges on the way down unless cancelled.
  • Jet Hammer - Based on his Jet Hammer as Masked Dedede, King Dedede's hammer sprouts an engine, and begins charging up. King Dedede can then release a powerful hammer swipe. It will start hurting him if he charges too long, though.

Final Smash

King Dedede calls his army of Waddle Dees and other baddies, then starts dancing while they storm the stage, damaging any enemy fighters they touch.

Tournament Standing

King Dedede is ranked 12th on the Super Smash Bros. Brawl tier list, in C+ rank. His positives include his long disjointed attacks, and his great grab game, along with his good recovery and heavy weight. His downsides include his large size and his inability to keep up with faster characters. His match-ups are a bit more polarized than Kirby's, with great advantage against other big slow characters like Bowser, but massive disadvantage against Meta Knight and Ice Climbers.

Meta Knight (as a fighter)

Meta Knight's artwork from Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Meta Knight is one of the starter characters in this game. He is characterized by his unrivaled mobility and the quickness of his attacks, making him a very formidable fighter. His recovery is the best in the game, with 5 mid-air jumps and a recovery move that allows him to glide further still. His other special moves also allow him to recover, in one form or another.

Move-set

A great deal of Meta Knight's attacks were made up for this game, though a few bear reference to his moves in the Kirby series. Meta Knight's attacks are as follows:

Standard Ground

  • Neutral - Meta Knight begins rapidly slashing about with his sword, covering himself on both sides.
  • Forward tilt - Meta Knight can perform up to three distinct slashes in front of him.
  • Up tilt - Meta Knight stabs straight upward, in a similar vain to the Master ability.
  • Down tilt - Meta Knight stabs forward close to the ground. Has deceptive range and can trip opponents.
  • Dash attack - Meta Knight kicks forward, coming to a stop afterward.
  • Forward smash - Meta Knight pulls back, then releases an extremely quick swipe with his sword. Slow to start-up, but releases instantly after charging.
  • Up smash - Meta Knight swipes three times upward with his sword in rapid succession. The last hit will launch.
  • Down smash - Meta Knight slashes in front, then behind himself in quick succession.

Standard Aerial

  • Neutral aerial - Meta Knight spins in a circle with his sword out, similarly to Sword Kirby's spinning maneuver.
  • Forward aerial - Meta Knight slashes three times with his sword in front of him.
  • Back aerial - Meta Knight slashes three times behind himself, with the last hit being more powerful.
  • Up aerial - Meta Knight makes one very quick slash above his head. He can do this many times without landing.
  • Down aerial - Meta Knight slashes below himself quickly. Good off-stage.

Throws

  • Forward - Meta Knight kicks his opponent forward.
  • Back - Meta Knight warps behind his opponent, then slashes them away.
  • Up - Meta Knight flies up with his opponent off-screen, then crashes back down, similarly to Kirby's up-throw.
  • Down - Meta Knight tosses his opponent to the ground, then stomps them repeatedly, similarly to Kirby's down throw.

Special

  • Mach Tornado - Meta Knight spins around, creating a vortex that can catch opponents and drag them about. This move is similar to the Tornado ability.
  • Drill Rush - Meta Knight winds up, then spins forward in the air like a drill. He can be steered while doing this, but he should not go offstage with it.
  • Shuttle Loop - Meta Knight does a quick loop in the air, then glides forward. Similar to the Wing ability.
  • Dimensional Cape - Meta Knight disappears behind his cape for a moment, then reappears somewhere close by. He can either strike or not strike, but he should not go offstage with this move.

Final Smash

Known as Galaxia Darkness, Meta Knight pulls out his cape, and throws it over his opponent. If he connects with this, the screen goes dark a moment, then Meta Knight makes a huge slash, sending his opponent, and any other bystanders flying.

Tournament Standing

Meta Knight is currently ranked first on the Super Smash Bros. Brawl tier list - in SS rank. This is due to his unmatched mobility, his quick attacks, and his deadly presence offstage. He outclasses all other opponents, with no equal matchups to anyone other than himself and Pikachu.

Stages

Brawl features 46 stages - some of which are carry-overs from Melee. They are as follows:

Brawl stages

  • Battlefield
  • Final Destination
  • Delfino Plaza
  • Mushroomy Kingdom
  • Mario Circuit
  • Luigi's Mansion
  • Mario Bros.
  • Yoshi's Island
  • Rumble Falls
  • 75m
  • Bridge of Eldin
  • Pirate Ship
  • Norfair
  • Frigate Orpheon
  • Halberd
  • Lylat Cruise
  • Pokémon Stadium 2
  • Spear Pillar
  • Port Town Aero Drive
  • New Pork City
  • Summit
  • Castle Siege
  • Flat Zone 2
  • Skyworld
  • WarioWare, Inc.
  • Distant Planet
  • Smashville
  • PictoChat
  • Hanenbow
  • Shadow Moses Island
  • Green Hill Zone

Melee stages

  • Rainbow Cruise
  • Yoshi's Island
  • Jungle Japes
  • Temple
  • Brinstar
  • Green Greens
  • Corneria
  • Pokémon Stadium
  • Big Blue
  • Onett

In addition, the player has the option of building custom stages using pre-determined pieces.

Kirby Stages

There are two stages based on Kirby games. They are the Halberd and Green Greens.

The Halberd is, naturally, a stage that takes place on and around the Battleship Halberd from Kirby Super Star. The stage begins in a docking area, then takes place on a floating platform that follows the Halberd about. Then it docks on the deck of the Halberd, where the fighters can be subject to the attacks of the Combo Cannon. This includes the giant main laser gun, bombs that fall from the top of the screen, and an extending arm that might strike a random fighter.

Green Greens is a stage based on Kirby's Dream Land which features Whispy Woods, and two columns of falling Star Blocks with the occasional Bomb Blocks. Whispy acts as an obstacle by blowing at the characters, and dropping apples onto the stage once in a while. The background of the stage has what appears to be an ocean with star-shaped islands, and a rainbow behind the stage. The music is a remix of the first level in Kirby's Dream Land, and the victory theme at the end of Milky Way Wishes in Kirby Super Star.

The Subspace Emissary

This special adventure mode can be played with one or two players. It has a self-contained story that features likenesses of the fighters, though in actuality they are animated trophies that inherit personality traits from the characters they are based on. All three Kirby series fighters play a major role in the plot, with King Dedede in particular being instrumental in the success of the heroes against the main villain. The Halberd also plays a major role, being the ship which the Subspace Army uses to spread its minions about the place. Meta Knight spends most of the story pursuing, then recapturing his flagship, before steering it into certain doom in the last assault. It is also during this assault, that Kirby flies his Dragoon through the main Subspace cannon fortress, crippling it.

A more complete summary of the plot can be found on SmashWiki, on this page.

Gameplay-wise, The Subspace Emissary is very similar to a typical Kirby game, most prominently Kirby Super Star. It has its fighters traversing many levels of varying platforming areas, separated into sections with doors, fighting enemies that will reappear once off-stage and fighting bosses that attack in various patterns and do not flinch.

Items

Many items from the Kirby series can appear during standard gameplay. These include:

  • Apple - Dropped by Whispy Woods on the 'Green Greens' stage, and can also appear elsewhere. Will act either as a Food item or as a projectile weapon. Has a small chance of exploding if the latter.
  • Dragoon - Like its appearance in Kirby Air Ride, it comes in three separate pieces, which the fighters must grapple with each-other to collect. Once someone has all three pieces, the Dragoon assembles and that fighter flies off on it. They can then crash through the stage in a targeted assault, dealing huge knockback to anyone in its path.
  • Maxim Tomato - Reduces up to 50% damage.
  • Star Rod - A battering item that also fires out up to 16 stars if swung hard. Some fighters can fire more than one at a time with certain moves.
  • Superspicy Curry - When a fighter eats it, they will continuously shoot fireballs out of their mouth, and cannot move slowly. The fire can combo with their normal attacks.
  • Warp Star - When a fighter mounts it, they will fly haphazardly upward, then crash down, dealing big explosive damage to any enemy caught in its path. The landing site can be altered slightly.

In addition, Knuckle Joe may appear from an assist trophy. He will jump about, and attempt to pummel any enemy fighter he encounters. His Rising Break is very deadly.

Trophies

Among the collectable trophies in Brawl, there are several depicting characters and objects from the Kirby series. These include:

Masterpieces

Super Smash Bros. Brawl introduced Masterpieces, a game mode which allowed gamers to play past games for small amounts of time. Included from the Kirby series was Kirby's Adventure.

Legacy

Many elements in Brawl would go on to influence future Kirby titles. The following details would eventually find their way into the Kirby series: