Editor Art Green gave it a "rent" rating, and had this to say about the title:
"Brawl isn't just a fighting or party game; it is a celebration of Nintendo games and Nintendo characters. It's easy to be mesmerized into thinking that Brawl is amazing just by the sheer number of fantastic characters available to play as. (Anyone else scream out a "hell yeah!" when Falco appeared in the Subspace Emissary mode?) Yet, throughout all of my time playing Brawl, I could never shake the feeling that the game clasped onto nostalgia to shield itself from the fact that it is, at best, a good party game."