The first publicly playable version of Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii was available to sample during Nintendo's media event in San Francisco, giving those on hand a chance to check out the next evolution of the franchise. While some headline characters were unavailable for hands-on play-Snake from Metal Gear Solid, for example-many newcomers to the series were featured, including the recently announced Sonic the Hedgehog. Limited to only two minute time battles, up to four players, Kotaku didn't get to experience portions of the game that hardcore fans are surely looking forward to, but did have enough time to become familiar with the varied control options. Plus, they saw some new, unannounced aspects.
Wii owners should be in store for frantic fun come February 2008.