This is a hexalogy, and we're barely halfway through. I recommend you go and read the first three parts here, here and here.
Hello again, for a fourth time! I'm nearly done covering everything that SSBB has to offer! It's almost over, so I'll jump into what's probably the most boring part of the game: The options and the Data section. But before any of that, I must cover what's left in the Vault!
Alright, so after the Challenges, what is there left in there? Well, there's the Replays. Whenever you play a match that has taken two minutes or less, you can choose to record it. The fight will appear in this section. The battles take more space than the pictures, obviously; but let's say you accomplished something incredible during a brawl, you want to immortalize it, and pictures just aren't enough to explain, then this may be an option to consider.
Oh, but wait! You have been playing Brawl for hours, maybe days now (curse you, “Play 100 hours of brawls” challenge!), and you might be telling yourself: “Wait, I'm playing with the Ice Climbers, with Pit, even with Samus or Fox! But I never got around to playing games from their series!” Well... Complain no more, as Brawl has another handy little feature (the bajillionth, huh?) called Masterpieces. In it, you're allowed to play for many seconds – and even a few minutes – to a Nintendo game.
The demos are all quite short (with
the longest one giving you just five minutes of play time), but
sometimes just a little test is what you need to find out if you'd
like the game. Seven Masterpieces are available from the start (nine
in Japan; again, they keep all the better stuff to themselves! How
uncool!) and five can be unlocked through the Challenges or as you
unlock characters. Also, while the Masterpieces do feature some games
from lesser-known characters, it still tends to go towards the more
popular franchises, like Mario or Link. Four Masterpieces feature
Mario games (though Peach is the default character in the SMB2 Masterpiece). Oh,
also, you need a Classic Controller or a GameCube controller for some
|If you hate Mario Kart... F-Zero is not to be played.|
|Ooh, look at all the fancy titles! Not like those we got today...|
That was all for the Vault. How am I going to write another 500 words... How... How... I know! I'll take a last look at the game through the Options and the Data Sections!
The Options section is where you go when you feel that the game as a whole should be tweaked a little. Just a quick look:
-Change the screen from 16:9 to 4:3 or the opposite. In case the characters seem to have long faces.
-Deflicker, which will make the game's entire graphics smoother and blurrier, or sharper and jagged.
-Rumble, whether or not you want the remotes to shake on critical moments.
-Controls, where you can literally play God with the game and the remotes by completely changing how each remote works. Perfect mode if you want to play a nasty, nasty, nasty trick to someone.
-Sound, which is just whether you want to increase or decrease the sound. Be careful though, increasing the music's volume will decrease the sound effects' volume, and vice versa. Kinda stupid. Shouldn't they have different options, one for the music, one for the sound?
-My Music, in which you can literally set a percentage on how frequently you want songs to play on all the stages. Seriously! So you can hear rare songs more often, or on the opposite, hear the more used song on a stage a little less often. Nice little feature.
-Last but not least, Erase Data. Just to be sure you don't screw up, the game will ask you THRICE if you're sure you want to erase all your data. No mistake there, they sure want you to be sure when you press the button! You can also delete parts like the Adventure Mode save file.
And finally, at last, the very final mode to end it all. Data contains three options:
-Movies, in which you can watch all the cutscenes from the Subspace Emissary (a useful feature for people like me who like to riff on that kind of thing), and even some promotional videos like the reveals of Sonic and Snake's addition to the Brawl roster, and the trailers.
-Records, which, well, lists your records. If you like numbers, this is the place for you. It can also help you keep track of which character you've used most, the number of KOs you've achieved, the number of times you've beaten each mode, and so on. There's Group Records, Brawl Records, and even notices, in case you want to re-read the witty comments the game makes whenever you unlock something or a significant event happens.
-And finally, Sound Test, in which you can listen to every single sound effect (the characters' voices, the sound of their attacks, the sound made by the objects) and song used in the game. That means 258 songs! This is a fun mode if you are looking for music to add to your collection and feel for some video game music. It's nice, very nice.
Oh, there was also the Wi-Fi Connection section, but since it's been closed last May 20th... Well, I have no reason to cover that part.
Well, I guess this is all I had to say this time. Tune in for Part 5 this Friday, but don't leave just yet! No, you gotta stay around for...
The Subspace Emissary Episode 4: New Heroes
(and therefore new hopes)
|Guys, don't battle in front of the kids!|
Things aren't much better down there as the other four are attacked by a pack of Primids! But, oh surprise! Mario, Pit, Link, Yoshi and Kirby arrive to help! They help in defeating the mini-army. Wow, that was a quick level.
|"Super, more brawlers are coming to help us!"|
"No, they're helping US. You are not a brawler. You let
your animals do all the work."
|By the way, Snake, don't forget that exclamation mark at Tapper's.|
|Oh hey, Puppet Zelda from Twilight Princess! ....Wait...|
|This scene doesn't need funny comments. It's already funny.|
|Duon has like a split personality; half of him is a knife nut,|
the second half is a trigger happy. Both sides are equally
annoying in battle, however.
|Whoa, that's quite an army he got there.|
|Robots, listen to the giant man in red!|
Or he'll turn into a pig and smash you into oblivion!
|I, don't, want, to set the world, on, fire...|
Just an Ancient Minister...
|Picture from Level 30 Psychiatry. Just in case you cannot|
read what's written on the pic: THIS NOT SENSE MAKES!
|"You know this is a video game because I'd be a lot more|
realistic in a film! ...Oh God, I'm so meta."
This is one hard fight, as Meta Ridley keeps flying in and out of the screen to prepare his attacks! Also, he always stays close to the ship but hardly ever on the ship, which makes it hard as Hell to catch him with a Trophy Stand! Anyway, once Ridley is defeated – or caught if you were VERY lucky – the Falcon Flyer escapes in the nick of time, as the giant explosion causes the entire island to disappear into Subspace. The Falcon Flyer and the Halberd go get the others who were still in the canyon. Now, almost everyone is there! That's awesome.
From the large ball of Subspace, a HUGE gunship appears. Holy crud! This thing makes the Death Star's cannon look puny! ...Are you compensating for something, Ganondorf? The cannon creates other subspace rifts wherever it shoots. Ah, so that's what Ganondorf wanted to do by causing all the bombs to go off in the factory: Bring out his great destroyer! Ganondorf, you magnificent bastard, I really hope you get the rug pulled under your feet for once, instead of being the one to pull the rug under your underlings! I will stop playing if this plot has truly been Ganonized!
|Now THAT'S what I call a thorough destruction!|
Think Meta Knight will be able to repair this thing?
|The Dragoon is some cutting-edge technology.|
Ask any of the brawlers.
|Still, even if it should have hurt during landing,|
all the characters seem to do fine. For now...
|Wait, a puppeteer controlling a hand? God, more meta imagery.|
|Fear the mighty wings.|
How did he get that ability? Nobody knows.
Wen you return to the level selection screen, there is no level left. It's all gone. You have no access to the Stickers option. When you save, there is absolutely NO ONE on your save file. Everyone's dead... everything is gone... EVERYTHING. HAS. VANISHED. THERE IS NOTHING LEFT. This... this is the darkest moment in all of Nintendo.
|No... no comment. I'm just... I'm not able to make a joke about this.|
It would either be unfunny, evil black comedy, or you'd hate me.
Consider this moment the one that made me speechless...
And leave it at that. No joke here. At all. Impossible.
Tune... tune in... for... for... for Part... Part 5... Urgh...