Nintendo Wi-Fi Disconnection: Super Smash Bros. Brawl Week 2

Last week I launched a brand new weekly blog series about playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl in the final weeks of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, and this week I bring you a new episode. Because it's weekly.

Let's recap. Last week I played some online, beat Classic mode with several characters, played Subspace Emissary, built some custom stages, and basically wasted a bunch of time until I finally unlocked Sonic. Now let's talk week 2.

Day 8: Friends Don't Let Friends Spindash

Today I decide to bring Sonic through Classic mode. Sonic vs. Team Sonic is a confusing fight for some reason, even though I'm sure I've done similar fights before. Sonic's "Congratulations" screen depicts the destined battle between Sonic and Mario. This is what we've been waiting seventeen years for.

However, that is not what I wanted to discuss today. Today I want to talk to you about the dangers of spindashing. You may have seen your friends spindash and thought it looked cool. You may have considered doing it yourself. But I am here to tell you that it is not, you should not, and you're an idiot. Just this evening I saw a gigantic hedgehog, so hopped up on spindashes, it was awful. He attempted to spindash in my direction, and just shot right off the screen and died. A real tragedy. Kids, don't spindash. You will regret it, if you're lucky enough to live that long.

Day 9: The Greedy King

Wario is gleefully collecting trophies when King Dedede tricks him and steals all his trophies. What a dick. I never trusted that guy.

But hang on. Does this mean all the villains are working on their own, and not as a team? Why? What do they hope to accomplish individually? I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Day 10: Actual Online Stuff

I spectated a lot today. When spectating online matches you can bet coins on who you think will win, and earn more coins and stickers if you're right. You can't see the names of the players, so it helps if you have an idea of who the best characters are.

This is a mode that works well on the Wii U GamePad. You can be watching TV or whatever and not pay any attention to the matches. The matches happen whether you pay attention to them or not, and it makes a specific noise when it's time to bid on the next match. I'm earning stickers without even playing.

After doing this for a little bit, I end up with 21 brand new stickers that I've never had before and I didn't even have to play the game. This is really easy!

I also decide to play one online match to verify that I am actually improving. I choose Ike, and I end up getting three KOs and only one fall. For this match, that's enough to win. Yes! Only took ten days.

Day 11: Events and Targets

Today I play through some of the events. These are unique situations that don't exist in Classic mode. Stages and characters are preset, and the goal is to complete some task without dying.

In one event, I take the role of Link and must defeat Dark Link. In this event Dark Link has HP that must be fully depleted, like with Master Hand in Classic mode. The goal isn't to knock him out of the stage. Just... defeat him.

I get to the Wario Bros. event. Playing as Wario in a stage based on Mario Bros., I have to defeat both brothers. There's nothing outstanding about the event itself, but completing it unlocks the Mario Bros. stage for use outside of this mode.

I reach event 20 and beat it, but it just stops there. It seems like there should be more. I guess I haven't unlocked them all.

I finish the day by clearing Target Smash level 5 with Kirby, which gets me Lucario. If I want to clear this level with any other character, I probably will need to plan a route properly.

Day 12: Research

Today is all about the Subspace Emissary.

Link is in a forest and pulls out the Master Sword from its pedestal. Are we in the Lost Woods? Yoshi's also here, sleeping. He helps when the Primids show up. A cardboard box is spotted.

Samus breaks into a research facility and rescues Pikachu from some sort of electricity extraction machine. Who is responsible for this? Certainly not Team Rocket. Those guys never accomplish anything.

We rejoin Link and Yoshi. Bowser has finally succeeded in trophying Peach and recruiting her to fight on his side. Link and Yoshi defeat her, but when Mario and Pit show up they are not happy to see her as a trophy.

Mario and Pit are defeated. They turn into trophies. King Dedede comes to collect his prizes. But Kirby will have none of that. He frees Mario and Pit, everyone forgives each other, and now they are a team of five.

The other ongoing plot thread is a mission to become the very best like no one ever was. While attempting to catch 'em all, Pokémon Trainer and Lucas run into Wario and manage to turn him into a trophy. Whatever. That guy had nothing left to lose.

Day 13: Snaaaaaake!

After a brawl on Shadow Moses Island, Snake finally decides to show up. Where were you the other fourteen times I fought here? I activate my Final Smash and show him my pokemans, and that's that.

Snake uses a lot of projectile and explosive-based attacks, and his forward smash has significant knockback. Me likey.

Day 14: 50cc

"Gee, it sure is great for a day of kart racing, eh Daisy?" Peach commented as she slapped Daisy on the butt.

— Fanfiction_txt (@fanfiction_txt) May 12, 2014

Today I tackle each of the available 50cc cups, unlocking the rest as I go. Once I beat the Lightning Cup, the credits roll. Now I can play 50cc with bikes as well.

I jump into the online, and do decently well. Unfortunately, I am not immune to disconnects and these cause my VR to go down. It's never going to increase if this keeps up. Oh well.

Next week: More Super Smash Bros. Brawl!

Edited by bobafettjm

I have actually never played the game online despite playing it for probably close to 100 hours.

Posted by eccentrix

I bought the game and never really touched it. Now I want to play it while I can.

Posted by LordAndrew

@bobafettjm: Yep. Even though the WFC shutdown is the reason I finally bought the game, I've been playing it offline way more than online.

It's still a good excuse for playing a game and blogging about it though.

Edited by Legend

Never played this game online either. Interesting to see what I've missed.

Posted by Generic_username

Good read!

Posted by divergence

I played this a little when it came out. But at that time online was totally broken. Never played a single online match. I take it they finally fixed it at some point?

Posted by LordAndrew

@divergence: Broken in what way? I've found it really laggy, but I'm not sure if that's a problem on my end or not. I don't have the greatest connectivity in general.

Of course, it's gone offline now.