"Super Smash Bros. Brawl: a great game-and another fiasco for the Nintendo Wii's pitiful online gaming service.
The current gold standard of online gaming services is Microsoft's Xbox Live. Xbox owners can download classics like Paperboy and Street Fighter II, games that include the option to compete against other players online or compare high scores. It's easy to keep track of your friends via their "gamertags," online identities that include a profile photo and a list of game-related achievements. The Xbox 360 also has a wireless headset that lets players communicate before, during, and after every online match.
Nothing can replace playing against someone on the same couch, but Xbox Live comes close.
Nintendo actively discourages its fans from enjoying each other's company. Hop online to play along with your Wii-owning friends, and you're guaranteed to be disappointed." writes slate.com