I saw the flood of "spoiler" material for Super Smash Brothers Brawl this past week, but I wanted to wait a bit and see if any of it was real or fake. Apparantly, it's all real - and what a surprise! The expectations had been that all the game's major surprises have been revealed. Now, suddenly, we have wind of many new characters and stages.
Games like this make the perfect argument for proper delays. If setting the release date back another few months means adding more material, then so be it. Nintendo has been setting Brawl up as the ultimate trip, hurling us through their entire videogame history. At this point, I'm surprised a pack of hanafuda cards isn't buried in the game somewhere.
It's great to see R.O.B. return again. He was one of the really fun surprises in Mario Kart DS. A weird little bit of nostalgia, really; those two R.O.B. games were just awful. But the robot itself looked pretty neat. This was back in the day when we were being promised our own Androbots for the home. What ever happened to that? What happened to our Jetson future?
So by now, I think it's safe to assume that Smash Brothers Brawl will become one of the Wii's greatest sellers, and probably the biggest hit among the hardcore fans. And I'm sure that once Nintendo actually bothers to make another Wii console....ahh, who am I kidding? The Nintendo Wii doesn't exist. It's an urban myth.