Punch-drunk love
TomChick - News - 03/09/08 - Link

Most mash-ups are money grabs. For instance, The Incredible Hulk teaming up with Wonder Woman to fight Dr. Doom and The Joker is just a bald ploy to bilk comic fans. Plus, it's totally unrealistic. And don't get me started on Kingdom Hearts! Donald Duck going into TRON-land? Is nothing sacred?

I feel the same way about most of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. When Nintendo assembles all their characters into one great big happy punching family, it compromises their creative integrity in order to make a buck. I mean, come on. When is Mario ever going to actually fight Princess Peach. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but isn't that borderline domestic abuse? One of these days, Princess, pow! Straight to the moon! Literally.

But the silliness reaches a point where it's so silly that it wraps around into being awesome. When Pikachu beats the everylovin' crap out of Ridley from the Metroid games, it's almost enough to make me consider playing a Pokemon RPG. And when Captain Falcon from F-Zero arrives and accidentally crushes to death all of Olimar's little Pikmin, I can't deny that I smile a little. Just a little. Because those are the kinds of moments you'll get playing the story mode in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. And when I'm done smiling -- just a little, mind you -- I get back to the business of blithely punching the daylights out of everyone who has ever appeared in a Nintendo game.

You hear that, Nintendogs? I'm coming for you!

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