Nintendo World Report writes:
"As the sequel to Melee, it had a hell of a lot to live up to. In most areas, it exceeded expectations. However, in the areas that matter, Brawl only feels like a moderate upgrade, and not a complete overhaul like some people would have liked. But if it isn't broken, why fix it? Brawl is more than worthy enough to carry the Smash Bros. name into the current generation. The core gameplay has remained largely unchanged since the N64 days, meaning we've essentially been playing the same game for nine years, and we'll be playing the same game for another five or six years, at least. Get it, appreciate it, and enjoy it."