Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Japanese: 大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズＸGreat Fray Smash Brothers X) is the third installment of the Super Smash Bros. series, released on the Wii in early 2008. As with previous installments, characters from various Nintendo video games will do battle with each other. The game allows the use of the Nintendo GameCube controller, the Wii Remote alone, the Nunchuck + Remote control scheme, and the Wii Classic Controller. Non-Nintendo characters are also featured for the first time, namely Solid Snake and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Several game mechanics have been introduced into the sequel, like the ability to crawl, the existence of containers with wheels, and the introduction of the Final Smash, an extremely powerful signature move. The game also built on Melee's one-player modes, with the Adventure Mode being expanded into a complete side-scrolling game called The Subspace Emissary. This mode features a story told through cutscenes which were co-written by Kazushige Nojima, who is best known as the scenario writer for Final Fantasy VII.
The game has 39 playable characters, including transformations, 11 more than Melee. Pikachu and Jigglypuff return as playable Pokémon but Pichu and Mewtwo were both cut from the roster. Pikachu's Final Smash is Volt Tackle and Jigglypuff's Final Smash is Puff Up.
The other new playable Pokémon based character in the game is Lucario, who was accidentally revealed to be a playable character in a commercial released ten days before the game. When browsing through the sticker book, the icons at the bottom of the screen list the playable characters that can use it, so Groudon's sticker naturally showed Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Pokémon Trainer and Lucario. Lucario is unlocked by completing the five target tests, playing 100 VS matches, or meeting it in the Subspace Emissary. Lucario's Final Smash is Aura Storm.
The Poké Ball returns as an item, providing the debut of many Generation III and Generation IV Pokémon to the series. It is joined by the Assist Trophy, which uses the same concept to bring characters from other franchises into the fray.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl became the seventh game to ever receive a perfect score from Famitsu.
Ivysaur about to attack a Smash Ball
Bold denotes a Pokémon character. Italics denotes a newcomer.
Note: Random trophy drops denote that they may be obtained either from the Coin Launcher, during All-Star or Boss Battles Mode (between stages), in the Subspace Emissary (either by defeating enemies or obtaining them in item boxes), Home-Run Contest (by having Sandbag collide with them as it slides on the ground), or from Celebi drops.