hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Six Days to Smash Bros. Brawl: Top Five Smash Bros alternatives

10:52 PM on 03.03.2008 // Jonathan Holmes

According to Garfield, Mondays are always terrible. This particular Monday is especially bad for many, as it's the last Monday ever before Super Smash Bros. Brawl is finally released in the United States. We Nintendo Fanboys have to wait through an entire business week of work, school, and awful daytime television (depending on our chosen form of day structure), and somehow do it with the added agitating knowledge that Brawl is done and already shipped to many stores, but not to be released for another six days.

In a perfect world, we could just down some WaitMate and coma ourselves to Sunday. Unfortunately, the drug has not yet been approved by the FDA. As a consolation, please accept this top five list of Brawl-like alternate experiences. I guarantee these suckers will dull that heightened sense of Brawl desire you've built up in your soul.

#5 Kirby Super Star

An early work by Masahiro Sakurai, the mastermind behind the Smash Bros. series, Kirby Super Star is both an interesting semi-prequel to the Smash Bros. series and a fun game in its own right. Like Brawl and Melee, Kirby Super Star is actually many smaller games compiled together into one big experience. There are games here that anyone could play, like the Megaton Punch competition, and other much more in-depth and challenging portions like Revenge of Meta Knight game. Take that level of inherent variety this multi-game cartridge offers, add over 30 transformations for Kirby to power-up into, 35 bosses, and 60 "treasures" based on items from other Nintendo franchises like F-Zero, Earthbound, Zelda, Metroid, and Mario, and you get a total package that feels remarkably deep and satisfying.

An especially ass-kicking moment in Kirby Super Star happens in level two of the Spring Breeze game when Lolo and Lala from the NES classic The Adventures of Lolo suddenly show up and try and kill you. It's just one of the many unexpected cross-over moments that Kirby Super Star has going for it.  

Incidentally, the DS remake of Kirby Super Star will (hopefully) hit some time this year. So if your SNES is collecting dust and you have no optimism for a Wii VC release, you can just wait for the DS to come to your rescue.

#4 Marvel Vs Capcom 2

So, as you probably know, I've played Brawl. I haven't finished it, but me and that WPI chef guy put in at least an hour on Subspace Emissary, and an additional two hours just in multi-player mode. So I at least sort of know what I'm talking about when I say that Marvel Vs Capcom 2 may still be the greatest cross-over fighting game ever made, even better than Brawl

A lot of Destructoid readers were not even teenagers yet when Marvel Vs Capcom 2 was in arcades, and the PS2 port of the game had an extremely low print run. It's highly possible that some of you have never even heard of the game, let alone played it. If you are a member of the "Marvel Vs Capcom 2 virgins club", I urge you to change that about yourself. Now. Marvel Vs Capcom 2 game features characters from every corner of both the Marvel and Capcom universes. From Mega Man to Shuma-Gorath (no relation to World Famous), from Jill Valentine to Cable, Marvel Vs Capcom 2 features just about every Capcom and/or Marvel character that has ever meant anything to anybody. I mean, the game features Adamantium-claw Wolverine and Bone-claw Wolverine. How much more thorough can you get?

The game is incredibly complicated to play, much more so than any Smash Bros. title. As such, it may be a turnoff for the softcore Smash fans out there. However, if your favorite aspects of Smash Bros. series are the fast-paced, anything-goes martial arts battles and its huge cast of unlikely competitors, Marvel Vs Capcom 2 just may be for you.

#3 Captain N: The Game Master

This show is completely nuts. It gets almost everything wrong, to the point where it almost seems like the show's writers were trying to make us feel uncomfortable. Mother Brain is voiced by a Little Richard impersonator. Mega Man is green, deep-throated, and has a visor. Simon Belmont is metrosexual. It's all like a bad dream.

I love it.

If they ever made a Super Smash Bros. TV show, this is probably what it would be like. Isn't that sad? Watching this show for a couple hours may actually make you want Brawl less, depending on your taste for horrid '80s cartoons. Either way, watching this show will in some way satiate your need to devour a huge video game cross-over. Only thing is, devouring this one may just make you sick afterwards.   

#2 DreamMix TV

Only one cross-over experience can claim to be more nauseatingly awesome than Captain N. That experience is none other than DreamMix TV, the Japan-only PS2 and GameCube game that did its best to ride Melee's coattails straight to the bank. The game's cast featured toys from the Takara company and game characters from Konami and Hudson. The entire cast of the game is as follows: Simon Belmont, TwinBee, Power Pro-kun, Solid Snake, Moai (Gradius series), Bomberman, Master Higgins, Yugo the Wolf, Momotarō, Sengoku Manjimaru, Bimbōgami, Optimus Prime, Tyson Granger, Microman, Licca-chan, Aska, and Megatron.

That's right, folks: thanks to this game, our own Mr. Destructoid is only one degree of separation from both Optimus Prime and Solid Snake. That makes him just two degrees of separation from Shia LaBeouf, and three from Darth Vader. For that reason alone, DreamMix TV deserves a place in every Destructoid faithful's library.   

One warning, though: the game is nowhere near as well-crafted as any of the Smash Bros. games. The only reason DreamMix TV is ranked so high on this list is the high likelihood that you haven't played it yet, or even heard of it before. If Melee is a delicious steak, then DreamMix TV is a McDonald's cheeseburger. Sure, they are both technically made of beef, but they taste so radically different they may as well have come from separate planets. 

For a more in-depth review of the game, check out Siliconera. They did a bang-up job describing the thing.  

#1 OutFoxies

This game made it to the top spot for many reasons. First and foremost, it's awesome. Secondly, it's the only arcade game I have ever played that actually feels a lot like a Smash Bros. title. It's rumored that the Outfoxies team went to Nintendo right before the first Smash Bros. game went into production, and that they used Outfoxies as a template for creating their particular brand of 2D fighting.

The third reason this game made it to number one is that you probably never played it before. When it was released in arcades, the 2D scene was on its way out, and those few players still loyal to 2D fighters were firmly stuck in the Capcom/SNK corner of gaming. OutFoxies is a completely different animal than Street Fighter or King of Fighters. Its eccentric cast — including a monkey in a suit with a machine gun, two creepy twin children who some how fight in tandem, and a wheelchair-bound master of technology — was far from conventional. No muscle-bound fighters here, just a bunch of Bond villain-like weirdos with a death wish.

Actually, those aforementioned weirdos are actually assassins, prepared to not only defeat their opponents, but murder them as well. Anything and everything in the environment may potentially be used as a weapon. The only rule is you must kill, and by any means necessary. When it comes to both weirdness and non-stop violence, even Suda51 ain't got nothing on Outfoxies

If you are a savvy traveler of the intertubes, you will quickly and easily find a way to play this game. I highly recommend you do so, especially during this last stretch until Brawl arrives. I guarantee that if you fire up OutFoxies with a friend, the minutes until Sunday will literally fly by.

Or, you could just spend another six days tourturing yourself by watching these vids of the Smash Bros. Brawl tourney at WPI from part one of this series. Either way, the wait is almost over. 

Photo Gallery: (3 images)
Click to zoom - browse by swipe, or use arrow keys

Jonathan Holmes, Bad Joke Uncle
 Follow Blog + disclosure Tips
"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Ju... more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

Status updates from C-bloggers

TheAngriestCarp avatarTheAngriestCarp
I hate when people say crap like "I admit that [thing] in games is problematic, but I still enjoy it" because it's an underhanded way of contradicting your own views while convincing yourself that you aren't a hypocrite.
ChillyBilly avatarChillyBilly
Well shit. I knew I was more than likely going to enjoy Star Wars Battlefront (cause you know, giant Star Wars nerd and all) but holy cow, the beta is fucking great! I need the full game like, now.
SpielerDad avatarSpielerDad
Anyone here going to NYC Comic Con? Always wanted to go and lived so close, but alas, it wasn't meant to be.
Mark Plechaty avatarMark Plechaty
Well I haven't seen any levels like this on mario maker so maybe it's unique the I'd is 55BD000000961CBA GIVE IT A GO and let me know what you think
Jiraya avatarJiraya
Hey Stranger ... wadda you buying ? Want some crack ? Here ya go... [youtube][/youtube]
Sr Churros avatarSr Churros
My brother caught me this Pokémon in our room yesterday. How should I name it? [img][/img]
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Yay, I got off of work early and may have Friday off! I have a sinking feeling I'm going to work 10 hours on Saturday as a result, though :/ We ran out of stuff to make stuff with so they must ship us stuff so we can ship stuff.
SeymourDuncan17 avatarSeymourDuncan17
Yo yo I'm Marie and I got dat gangsta flow. High scores ain't no trip, cuz I whip that shit like Sonic quick. I-I mean no! I didn't say anything! Stupidrecordbreakingcombodolt. [img][/img]
Mike Martin avatarMike Martin
I'm watching you.
FlanxLycanth avatarFlanxLycanth
SkarKrow avatarSkarKrow
Work noooooooooooooooooo D:
The Dyslexic Laywer avatarThe Dyslexic Laywer
I had such a awkward time playing Catherine because it shared the same name as my mother....
JayDGee avatarJayDGee
Broforce is coming out of early access on the 15th. I had no Idea it was an early access game.
James Internet Ego avatarJames Internet Ego
I have now played all 3 Witcher games. My verdict: Witcher 1 - alright, aged badly, lots of sex. Witcher 2 - good, very short, not much sex at all. Witcher 3 - Excellent in every way.
ikiryou avatarikiryou
I really wish MGO had been implemented with free-roam gameplay PMC (clan) setup instead of the standard matchmaking. Imagine roaming bands of PMC's opposing each other on the battlefield. How sexy would that be?
SkarKrow avatarSkarKrow
Playing Shantae & The Pirates Curse, must say I'm loving it for the most part, barring the odd WHERE AM I D: moment
JayDGee avatarJayDGee
Added a humble code to my steam account when I already had the game. Purely because the soundtrack was attached. Now I see it on 2 friends wishlists. They must never know.
SkarKrow avatarSkarKrow
Okay so what 2, 3, 4 years later I bothered to finish. Now to write up that blog on why FFXIV lost my love by never challenging me and see if it's actually interesting...
FlanxLycanth avatarFlanxLycanth
What's up with taking your phone or a magazine to the toilet? Y'all need more fibre in your diet, why should a toilet visit take more than 2 minutes? What are you people doing with your asses.
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Finished Momohime/Jinkuro's story in Muramasa last night. I always liked that ending. I didn't know there were more endings, though. On to Kisuke's story!
more quickposts



Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -