Super Smash Bros. Brawl. (2008). Nintendo.
Interest Level: Ages 10+
A rousing battle between favorite characters from classic Nintendo games returns, this time with additional characters from other worlds in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. This Nintendo Wii game merges the use all four Nintendo controllers; the Wii controller, Wii controller with nunchuck, the Wii classic controller and the Game Cube controller in a way that any player will feel comfortable playing. Super Smash Bros. Brawl allows up to four players to challenge not only themselves, but also the computer in a battle for top position. Players can unlock items by battling and can choose from several stages both familiar and new, as well as create their own. Brawl also allows players to create their own battle rules and decide whether they want to work as a team and who to assign to which team. The fights challenge gravity and the weapons are out of this world, making this game a safe outlet for the infinite energy of teenage boys.
Personal Thoughts: I have seen tweens and teens play this game for hours on end. I think it is a good game for them to pretend fight with. The game includes some seriously scary moves, but all is set in a make believe world that creates a line between reality and fiction; beating up characters on the screen helps channel energy towards something other than misbehaving or hurting others.