Gaming & Technology

Capsule reviews and news

Nintendo's long-awaitedSuper Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii debuted Sunday. The fighting game unites many of the console maker's ­legendary characters for a series of fights akin to Street Fighter. The third iteration in the series, Brawl is likely to be among the Wii's hottest games and has garnered excellent reviews.

First, though, a bit of news. Nintendo has acknowledged on its Web site that a ”very small percentage“ of Brawl discs have suffered errors caused by a laser used in the Wii. Users can request free repairs, which require shipping the console to Nintendo, by filling out a form at

On to the reviews:

GamePro: 5 out of 5. ”From the fighting mechanics to roster of players, Brawl is a well-rounded game that I just couldn't put down,“ Todd Melick writes. ”The only downside to Brawl is that it doesn't do anything to reinvent the series.“

Destructoid: 9.5 out of 10. e_SDLqBrawl is Nintendo's love letter to itself, along with ­everyone who ever picked up a controller and embraced any number of its ­franchises. It's a vibrant compendium-in-motion, a ­playable encyclopedia from which you can draw a wealth of knowledge of the ­company's history,“ Aaron Linde writes.

IGN: 9.5 out of 10: ”Nintendo's epic 3-D fighter series arrives on Wii as the best ­iteration yet,“ Matt Casamassina writes. ”There are a few minor quibbles to be made about the sometimes-repetitive single-­player mode, unexplored third-party character additions, lacking online communication ­options, or the largely familiar content inherent to sequels. But the moment you gather together with friends for a multi­player match only to find, several minutes later, that you still haven't blinked, you'll have taken your first step into the digital drug that is Super Smash Bros. Brawl.“