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Hands On With Super Smash Bros. Brawl+

And you thought mods for Wii games weren't possible.

If it wasn't totally obvious, this is a mod for the hardcore Smash Bros. enthusiasts only. Most players will be more than satisfied with the offering found in the original game, regardless of the perceived issues from members of the community.


While the term may be somewhat pretentious, this was clearly created to be a competition mod. It caters to a fan base who enjoys simpler levels, a lack of items, and a more finely-tuned roster.

I encourage everyone to at least try the mod if you have the ability. The Brawl+ page has a fantastic installer application that will automatically place all of the mod files in all of the proper places on a fresh SD card, making the mod highly accessible.


Though Sakurai and company created a fantastic game, Brawl+ has really dug down into the details and made sure that the game is balanced on all fronts. This allows players to enjoy a more diverse set of characters because not a single one feels as if they can't compete; a feeling that I didn't have after extensive play time with the original game.

In closing, I would like to thank the team behind Brawl+ for their fantastic work. They have helped breath new life into a game I had long forgotten in favor of its predecessor.

For more information on the Brawl+ mod, please visit
For a tutorial on modding your Wii, please visit

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Our Take

Jason Hillhouse Staff Alumnus

01/15/2010 at 08:46 AM

What's this? A balanced/fun version of Brawl?!?! I know what I'll be playing this weekend.

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

01/15/2010 at 11:24 AM

Does the mod do anything with the net code, like improve it?

Nick DiMola Director

01/17/2010 at 08:13 PM

To my knowledge, no changes have been made to improve the online play. That's not to say there won't ever be, but I'm guessing it's unlikely as Brawl+ online players can not partake in a match with non-Brawl+ players (according to the site).


06/14/2013 at 03:45 AM

Gonna give this a shot! New SD cards are really cheap right now, and the new E3 announcements have me excited. Since the original Brawl was designed to be more accessable and casual than Melee, I can't really fault them for that. Plus, the wait for the new title is going to be hard to wait for. This might keep me occupied until then.

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