As an added bonus, you'll be able to add in extra local players, which isn't the case when playing with strangers.

Battles are fast-paced, frenetic, fun, and often outrageous orgies of chaos, which makes Brawl a perfect party game.

But just because the game's mechanics are so simplified compared to traditional fighters doesn't mean that there isn't a lot of depth to be found for those willing to invest the time.

Some, such as the beam sword, are offensive in nature and augment your attack capabilities, whereas others are restorative and will lower your damage meter.

Many of these items are from the various games the characters originate from, such as the fire flower and the super mushroom from Super Mario Bros.

Also worthy of a mention are the various assist trophies, which summon non-playable characters such as Tingle from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker or the 8-bit racers from Excitebike to help or hinder you.

Some things--especially the hammer, bob-omb, and warp star--could be considered game-breaking due to their abilities to inflict fatal wounds nearly all of the time, but these items and any others can be toggled off in the options menu before a match begins.

The goal is to knock your enemies out of the arena with one of the aforementioned smash attacks.

The amount of damage each character has sustained is measured in a percentage, and the higher this percentage is, the farther he or she flies when hit.

Tournaments are a snap to set up due to a built-in mode that facilitates up to 32 players on a single Wii, and there's even a rotation mode to help up to 16 players figure out how to take turns.

In short, there are literally dozens of ways that you can battle in your living room.

Characters such as Ike from Fire Emblem, Meta Knight from Kirby, Fox Mc Cloud from Star Fox, Lucas from the unreleased-in-the-US Mother 3 (Earthbound 2), Pikachu from Pokémon, and many more are all on the roster in Brawl, boosting its size up to an impressive 35 total characters--14 of which are hidden and must be unlocked.