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12E FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2008 THE TIMES - shreveporttimes.com T r ECHNOrUN Have a brawl with 'Super Smash Bros.' on Wii By Marc Saltzman Gannett News Service Ever wanted to see who would win in a fight between Nintendo's Mario and Sega's Sonic? Now you can in "Super Smash Bros. Brawl," a cartoon fighting game for the Nintendo Wii. As with the previous games in this popular series 1999's "Super Smash Bros." on the Nintendo 64 and 2001's "Super Smash Bros. Melee" on the Nintendo GameCube this new Wii brawler lets you duke it out with and against popular Nintendo mascots such as Mario, Link, Pikachu, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Wario and Zero Suit Samus, each with their own unique moves, abilities and special power attacks. But the latest version which sold more than 1.4 million units in the U.S. in the first week after its launch March 9 also lets you fight against characters from other popular video games including Solid Snake from Konami's "Metal Gear Solid" and Sonic from Sega's "Sonic the Hedgehog," as well as other Nintendo favorites such as Ike (from "Fire Emblem"), Wolf (from "Star Fox"), Diddy Kong (from "Donkey Kong Country") and Meta Knight (from the "Kirby" games). Having all of these familiar and beloved characters in one game is a treat, not to mention it's fun to unlock all the fighters by winning matches as not everyone is available right from the get-go. Depending on the mode you select, the game plays out as follows: You and a friend can select which character you'd like to play as and then pick a desired venue from the nearly two dozen choices. It's a last man or beast standing scenario, as you will fight, jump and block until one character falls off the edge of the screen. At the end of the round a winner is declared. That's the gist of it, but the many moves you can execute per character keeps things fun and frantic and with lots of colorful eye candy, too. Special moves include Yoshi's Super Dragon Smash (where the little green dinosaur can shoot fireballs), Wario's nasty Gas Attack (which releases deadly fumes out of his buttocks) and Diddy Kong's Rocketbarrel Barrage (where the monkey takes flight and shoots peanuts out of dual wooden pistols). Also new to the series is online play, so you can play against friends on another Wii in another city. It works surprisingly well, especially & aTv ..iS8 " Mario, Niftft-ncto's - toi. famous character, is one k of the stars of "Super Smash Bros.. Brawl" for the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo America 1-ileGNS Nintendo America FileGMS Wario, shown above chasing down Kirby, is a newcomer to the series in "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" from Nintendo of America for the Nintendo Wii. Review SUPER SMASH BROS. BRAWL PLATFORMS: Nintendo Wii. GENRE: Fighting. DEVELOPER: Game Arts. WEB SITE: www.smashbros. com. PRICE: $49.99. RATING: Teen. (Five-star rating system) considering the somewhat choppy Internet connectivity in "Mario Strikers Charged." Plus, there's a lengthy story-driven adventure mode called "The Subspace Emissary," which is essentially a full game. "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" is also fully customizable, allowing you to tweak everything from the character's special powers, weapons and moves to the musical score to how the game is controlled (whether you prefer Wii Remote, Wii Remote and Nunchuk, Classic Controller or the GameCube controller). This eagerly anticipated Wii game is great fun for those new to the franchise or long-standing followers. Its pick-up-and-play accessibility also makes it perfect for players of all ages that is, if you don't mind the cartoon violence and somewhat crude humor, such as Wario passing gas. In a word, "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" is a blast. Finally - Better Hearing In Noise Helping the world hear better We accept most Insurance providers. Beltone Marq. Designed to Diappear. HEARING SCREENING t Beltone i 2007 KcHur t-lccmna Buy one Get one Free on Batteries Beltone ytV Bolftif Hertnws 100 DIGITAL i THAT'S AFFORDABLE $998 i IWIfcw h (Ukrmf ihc Opfma Area (or $1 K atljuv Ktcniunce rvcch ci&ny .d manugech hkrnturKl ixc Krgubrprk-r $1,400. 1 3 eltone 1 Bossier City Office 450 Benton Road Suite D 318-629-4188 (nextto Azarue's) elief perts Accepting most insurances For treatment of acute illnesses For vaccines & school physicals Open 7 days a week Receive $49 discounted office visit when paid at time of service Deeply discounted lab Available to patients 2 & up De seen today Little or no wait Exceptional care IW$ID RELIEF 4428 Youree Drive Broadmoor Village Shopping Center 869-2297 www.rapidreliefxperts.com Mon-Fri 1 1 am 7pm Saturday 9 am-2pm Sunday lpm-6pm No ?ppo!ntroei5t ecess?ryl Walk-in for quality healthcare at an affordable cost! Accepting Host Major Insurances including Tricare & Medicare

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