It may be a bit old, but it's one of the best fighting games of all time (and one of the best games for the Gamecube). That statement is not surprising, since this game is player's choice and renouned for it's great roster, superb graphics and sound, and beyond amazing Multiplayer mode. This review is my opinion on the game, and it's the typical fair, praising what it does right and commenting on what little flaws the game has.
Right of the bat, you're treated to a awesome cutscene, featuring all the main characters (not including the unlocked ones) in their glory and stunning music to go along with the great animation. There is alot to be done in the game and alot has to do with the trophies which can be unlocked from using coins for the lottery or from the various game modes.
The graphics are still amazing, even up to today. The framerate never drops and the details are noticable. The evnironments vary from the bright and colorful to the downright trippy. They all look amazing and beautiful at the same time. The character models are stunning and their moves even more so. From their special moves to the smash attacks, the game doesn't lack quality in this department.
The sound is another high point in this game, with the sound effects of the blows being dealt, the sound of the items when they're being used and the shouts of the characters when they're are being hit. Even those aspects of the sound can't compare to the soundtrack; it contains the classic themes Nintendo fans know and love and are heard in their untimate glory. They make the game better overall and the game excells because of it.
The gameplay is another phenomenal aspect, but even the gameplay has a few flaws in it. First of all, the fighting system is amazing and it's easy to get into. The characters are diverse even though a few have the same moves but it is still fulfilling when you master a character.
The single player is the weaker aspect, the event mode is quite possibally the best part, with missions the player has to accomplish and some events are more of a challenge, it encourages practice and is rewarding with new maps and trophies. The classic mode gets old a bit fast and the adventure mode is pretty good also. Overall, the single player isn't worth buying the game. What is, is the multiplayer mode.
The meat and potatoes, the multiplayer is one of the greatest in Nintendo history. With it's sheer addictiveness with the stock, time and bonus modes. And the 10 different "special" modes included. The game is at it's peak when 4 players are playing. It gets chaotic but in a good way. With 25 different characters, the game will keep gamers up all night playing the multiplayer mode.
The singleplayer is good up to a point and when that's over, there is still the multiplayer left. So get 3 other friends and 3 other controllers and waste the night away with Super Smash Bros. Melee. A must buy for any Gamecube owner.