Smash Bros Melee – James & Mike Mondays

Mike Matei / December 9th, 2013


  • Exustio

    December 9, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I wasted so many hours with my friends on this game.

  • SGold93

    December 9, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I have Brawl for Wii. I play Zelda/Sheik a lot.

    • SGold93

      December 9, 2013 at 9:52 am

      And yes I do have Mr. Game N Watch unlocked πŸ™‚

  • December 9, 2013 at 10:14 am

    oh lord not sonic 06

  • The Janitor

    December 9, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Did James ever pick up a pokeball? I don’t think he used any items.

    • Kieran St James

      December 10, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      Omg, you guys need practice. Lol. No, I understand it’s been years and your reviewing while playing, so I’ll cut you some slack. Still, it would be an honor kick your asses on either Gamecube or 64 XD
      I think 64 is better by far, the characters are more evenly matched. Except jigglypuff… wtf is up with that?
      Then again Melee has some pretty awesome stages…

  • St_Cerberus_Engel

    December 9, 2013 at 10:35 am

    From what I’ve seen of the new Killer Instinct, it’s not that impressive. It doesn’t have half of the characters and you have to pay extra for the rest of them. Not to mention, the combo system doesn’t seem near as much fun and the special moves seem less interesting. I say stick to KI on the SNES or an arcade ROM.

    • xZOMBIEx

      December 9, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Wow, you are COMPLETELY misinformed and because of it you are misinforming others. You DON’T have to pay extra for the other 2 characters that will be released early next year, they are included in the $20 or $40 bundles. Also the game is FREE to play with one character, Jago. You can play the ENTIRE game, even multiplayer online all for free, but you can only use that one character…

      $20 gets you the game with all the characters and right now there’s a total of 8 with 6 right now and 2 early next year which is Spinal and Fulgore. The $40 gets you the same as above, but I believe it also includes extra costumes AND the ORIGINAL Killer Instinct game arcade perfect port. There may also be a “second season” where they release another 6-8 characters later down the road. I’m not sure if those will be available for “free” with the $40 pack or if it’ll be an extra add-on charge when they’re released…

      The combo system and special moves are EXACTLY like the original, if anything they might even be easier to do because they’re of course trying to also appeal to the noobs and casual people as well (unfortunately)… So why don’t you actually LEARN the actual details before running your mouth on something you know NOTHING about… It sounds more like you’re just mad/jealous that Killer Instinct is an exclusive XB1 title and you either are a Sony fanboy and won’t get one (your loss) or you can’t afford one, but really want one… Either way, get a clue…

      • VGWN

        December 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm

        Get out of here. He was not nearly as off-base as you’re trying to make it seem, and you have no right calling him a fanboy when it’s clear as day that you’re a Microsoft fanboy. It’s pretentious people like you who are so full of themselves who are ruining this industry. Have fun thinking people are jealous of your 73 critic score game, and stop worrying so much about your tiny dick.

      • jasonjrf

        December 10, 2013 at 4:08 am

        Oh now now.. No need to put him down because he went with the Sony Brack Friday Bunduru.

      • jasonjrf

        December 10, 2013 at 4:10 am

        LoL and to VGWN wow your post is obviously as bad as his. Its also clear you went for the Sony Brack Friday Bunduru

      • j f

        December 10, 2013 at 4:23 am

        Defensive much?

      • St_Cerberus_Engel

        December 11, 2013 at 10:36 am

        Actually, I’m not that impressed with the PS4 as a whole. Looks better than the Xbone, but that’s just personal opinion. And by the way, You’ll also notice I qualified what I said with “From what I’ve seen”.

        Also, yes, recommending someone stick to a Super Nintendo game or an arcade rom is clearly a sign that I’m a SONY fanboy. Your logic is unassailable.

      • St_Cerberus_Engel

        December 11, 2013 at 10:41 am

        Also, Black Friday? No.

  • dcco

    December 9, 2013 at 10:47 am

    He’s gonna take you back to ’06.
    To play this shitty game that suck dicks.

    • DavySprocket

      December 9, 2013 at 11:37 am

      Haha, he should do a one-time theme song change next week so the lyrics say that.

      • dcco

        December 10, 2013 at 6:26 pm

        Just gotta include a line about Roadkill hedgehog and it’s golden.

  • CrushingC10996WM

    December 9, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Smash Bros. Melee I have so many memories about. It’s one of my most cherished games of all time.
    P.S. Sonic ’06 should be fun, I’ve never actually seen that much of that game

  • December 9, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Hahaha fuck, Sonic ’06 will be heaps funny

  • December 9, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Does James not buy new video game platforms or games? Mike was talking about how he got the new Mario and Zelda games, which I assumed he also was the one to be the one to pick up the newer Nintendo platforms. But in this video James was asking for Mike to get the Xbox One.

  • December 9, 2013 at 11:51 am

    My brother is really good as Mr Game & Watch too James!

  • December 9, 2013 at 11:51 am

    This game kicks ass like no other. I just wish the controls were better or that you could edit them. There are like 3 jump buttons and up makes you jump. It’s problematic when you want to simply attack up and not jump.

  • December 9, 2013 at 11:53 am

    …He’s gonna take you back to ’06. ..To try a glitchy game that sucks dicks!
    Also, did you know that to this day, Melee is still played competitively at National and Worldwide tournaments? I think it’s pretty awesome.

  • hoeskee

    December 9, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Oh man! You guys should do a four player video of this game or maybe the one on Wii! Get Kyle and Bootsy up in there! 4 players is the best! BTW I’m a long time fan and I hope you keep up the great work! Peace!

  • videogamehunter820

    December 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    My favorite video game series of all time. In total, I’ve probably played close to a year’s worth of these games. While I LOVE all of these games, my least favorite is actually, Melee (sorry, I still love it though) and I can’t decide between the the first one and Brawl as my favorite. As a kid, my best character was Fox. Now I’ve branched out and can play anybody pretty good (yeah even with that annoying bitch, Peach). Mr. Game & Watch was tricky at first, but with some practice, I’ve learned to kick some serious butt with him. Love this series, love these James and Mike play videos, and I can’t wait for Super Smash Brothers 4! MEGAMAN!!!!!!

    • December 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      I always loved this one over brawl. its a toss up between this and the first one for me. But the first game is no challenge to me anymore. Play with damage ratio at 0.5, level 9 computers, and no items.
      So many great characters. Brawl was a good game for the series, but i found they made the characters too, um, similar, if you get what im saying.

  • Moose Of Woe

    December 9, 2013 at 12:34 pm


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  • chio trou

    December 9, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Pls do me a favor next time you play SSBM: Disable the items. Cause this wasnt even really fighting, more like running into bombs and pokemon

    • December 9, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Smash is meant to be a party fighting game. Why do you think they included items? You can choose to play more seriously and competitively, and I’m sure they know they can turn off items, but they obviously didn’t want to.

  • Night-X

    December 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Don’t think anyone could forget this game. First game when got the Gamecube back when get good games with the system.

  • December 9, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Im sorry, but you guys kinda suck at that game.

  • Doobie Brother

    December 9, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I can see real disappointment in James eyes πŸ™ Hes probably doomed to play shitty games forever. Doomed i tells ya! πŸ˜€

  • Jackred89

    December 9, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    WOW Mike you must be crazy if you want James to play Sonic 06.

  • frostare

    December 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Jigglypuff all the way! Now that’s a character few would pick but I’m quite good using it

  • December 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I remember quote of the week! Nerd fan 4 lyfe

  • BTfireliu

    December 9, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Hey James. Maybe you can try the Namco’s tales series. It’s RPG. But in battle, you can actually control your characters to fight

  • SamLazer

    December 9, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    This game has more professional competition value than you could ever imagine. Just check out any competition videos online. I’d give that official shit-your-pants guarantee :DD

  • December 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Oo, an unskipable 1 min + ad to start things off..

  • Aaron1375

    December 9, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I’ve pretty much heard most of the newer Sonic games are a bit cringe worthy, the only decent ones being the ones for the Genesis.

  • John Eirik

    December 9, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I played this game alot, easily my favorite Smash Bros game. But my cousin broke the disk, so i couldt play it anymore!

  • December 9, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    You guys need to play Kirby Air Ride and play the mode city trail

  • Jaeger Newman

    December 9, 2013 at 3:50 pm


  • RichardE

    December 9, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I feel like there should be an AVGN episode covering the whole Mario vs Sonic war, checking out what the games were like back then and what happened to them when they went 3D.

  • K6CTX

    December 9, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Watching James and Mike play a fighting game got me thinking that I’d love to see an episode of James and Mike Mondays where they play either Street Fighter 2 (or one of its 50 million variations) or Mortal Kombat (any one from the 90s, but I’d prefer 2). I remember how back in those days you couldn’t like both games, you had to be a fanboy and pick one side while talking infinite trash about the other while at school. Let’s bring back some school yard rivalry, James and Mike.

  • taykel

    December 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Hey Mike, I play as Pikachu too! He is awesome and adorable. I know the weird blue pokemon you guys were poking fun at. That’s Wobbuffet. God I hated him so much! In the later episodes of the series he would appear out of nowhere shouting his name when Team Rocket are on screen. I loved the original series of Pokemon. I saw the first film in theaters as well. I could go on forever on this topic. Can’t wait for next week’s episode!

  • karel1

    December 9, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I’m sorry, but compared to other fighting games, this fighter is a pretty weak entry.

  • December 9, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I suck at this game, but its fun πŸ™‚

  • mcnerven

    December 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Game Crazy price sticker for the win!

  • December 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    With Smash Bros. or you go all items or no items, going only Pokèballs and Bombs is madness. xD

  • RedrumnCoke

    December 9, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I can relate to favoring the least played character. Back in college, when playing Tekken 3 vs mode, I played a lot of Dr Boskonovich.

  • Jesse Wood

    December 9, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    James plays as Game and Watch too!!!! That’s awesome, I’ve always used him and people gave me shit. Glad to see a fellow Game and Watcher.

  • December 9, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Actually james mike the whole concept of the entire mario universe is like the have take drugs,i dont know now if this is the reason we still playing all those games.But since i believe they have merged all the other universes as well in this game,including even snake from metal gear in wii we talking for some serious shit right?

  • December 9, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Damn. I love Smash Bros. Pikachu, Mario, Donkey Kong, Ness and Falco are my main characters.

    Good luck with Sonic ’06! No, seriously, good luck even playing that.

  • Michel_Angelo

    December 9, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    James, you look like you just woke up. Also, do you have to create a reddit account to leave a suggestion?

  • Don Skiver

    December 9, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    God I fucking love the gamecube. Such an awesome system with so many great games, and omfg the controller fits so perfectly in my hand…
    Sorry for the borderline orgasmic post, but I *really* love the gamecube. As Lucas would say, “It’s so bad.”

  • BladeRunner

    December 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    awesome video guys, cant wait till “Sonic 06” video.

  • December 9, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Very nice review guys! Looking forward to seeing the gameplay of Sonic. Ive been pondering and you know what system I haven’t seen you guys do yet or at least to my knowledge, Sega Saturn. You and James should play Virtual Cops down the road. That game was sweet. Maybe even a Nerd review or at least the Saturn. Good Job!

  • bobby brady

    December 10, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Well my name is Bobby Brady and im here to say i want you to do an avgn review on all Stallone games in a major way.

  • December 10, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Hell yeah, Pikachu is the best! I play as him or Luigi all the time, even though whenever I choose Pikachu, people give me shit. They call him a spam whore, but I honestly don’t see it. If you know how to use him, it’s fine.

  • Karoomay

    December 10, 2013 at 2:16 am

    I sucked at playing Super Smash, my brothers and friends would always kick my ass.

  • Bamahut

    December 10, 2013 at 3:00 am

    oh shit, it’s this Sonic. Having played it and not even bothered to finished it it’s bad.

  • December 10, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Mr. Game n’ Watch is great. Especially his final smash which covers half the screen whiles it’s active.

  • December 10, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Items? Noobs!

  • Andrew Opgenorth

    December 10, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Hes gonna take you back to 06. To play a shitty game that sucks dicks.

  • December 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Sorry to say, but damn you guys suck at this game. If you were as good as you said back in college, how could you forget even the basic moves? I guess its been a long time but still… damn

  • ryan janik

    December 10, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Oh shit Sonic 06?! I wonder how long you’ll last? Lol can we get a good long episode? Like 30 mins would be killer

  • Salculd

    December 10, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Wow, this is the first time I’ve ever seen someone else say they primarily use Mr. Game and Watch.

  • Rosti_NeoGAF

    December 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Awesome episode. That part when the Staryu started shooting Swift in the Hyrule Castle castle stage reminded me of the “black hole glitch” in melee. If you do any more glitch videos (which would be awesome), Mike, maybe you can do that one?

    Oh, and if you have time for it then, a video on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U would be nice. It’ll probably be out sometime next year.

  • December 10, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I love you guys, You guys are pretty much professional gamers; but my god you guys blow at SSB unless you are just too distracted by talking to each other lmao πŸ˜›
    Also james, it looks like you have a rough hangover lol
    Awesome vids guys! Mike and AVGN fan for life

  • Air Wolf

    December 11, 2013 at 1:35 am n watch reminds me of the tiger games… I think that’s where Nintendo was like what the hell lets add a wacky character from a tiger game…… Mr. Game n watch has a similarity between the tiger games … And the sound he makes…. Just reminds me of the tiger games….

  • December 11, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Sonic 06 single player/story sucks,
    but it’s amazing fun in multiplayer.
    all the crappiness of the game disappears
    and it’s all about winning.
    the only thing is Silver is a hell
    of a lot easier to win with because of his teleport.

  • December 11, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Fucking love this game.

    How do you not remember your characters from the original though? Lol. Samus and FALCONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN PUNCH (Yes, Capt. Falcon :D) for me.

    Melee was more about Zelda (more specifically, Shiek), Samus, and Marth.

    And when I liked to show off, I dominated with Jigglypuff. I was quite proud of myself for that feat.

    You guys should definitely (or just James or just Mike or whatever) horrible games from the not so distant past. Not as AVGN or even as any character, but… Tear apart bad games period.

    Can’t wait until you do Killer Instinct for XONE. Gonna be epic.

  • kenneth pedersen

    December 11, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    This reminded me of Tom and Jerry on ps1, it would be fun to see you guys play that game.

  • diegowar

    December 11, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I can hardly believe that you’ve forgotten what the numbers mean James, I mean… I must have played the game only once in my life, and I remember what they mean. Maybe you were saying that so Mike could explain to the viewers ? Anyway, good video πŸ™‚


    December 11, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    i always mix up my charracters.
    its more fun that way.

    but i always have 1 char that i like the most.
    and for the n64 it was pikachu.
    for the gamecube it was falco.
    and for the wii it is king dee dee.
    and probaly for the wii u it will be the wii fit trainer.

    loved this video.

  • Radelta

    December 11, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Uh oh. Criticism for earthbound. Get ready for 9 million angry comments since you said that.

    But dont worry, im in the same boat as you. Super over rated game. The world the game takes place in is great, but literally everything else about it sucks, if you ask me.

  • Daniel Young

    December 12, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Any day now James is going to release a video about the recent Godzilla movie trailer. I guarantee it.

  • sullyriffkin

    December 12, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    there going to take you back to 06′, to pay a shitty game that sucks dicks

  • December 13, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Hey fellas. Great show as always. Just want to bring your attention to this
    Will you guys be going to see it?

  • skwij

    December 19, 2013 at 5:42 am

    Thanks for the video and the preview of what’s next. Looking forward to it!

  • January 6, 2014 at 3:30 am

    james dont lose your avgn u need to be winning!!

  • Ben_from_G-town

    January 24, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I never was big into the Smash Bros. game. There didn’t seem to be a lot of strategy and a lot of it seemed like luck. Just a lot of mindless chaos. But then again, I never owned any of the games, so I didn’t really play them long enough to get good at them. Different strokes, I guess. Still, it was a good video, and I can’t wait for Sonic 06, oh man. πŸ˜€

  • Zachary Drass

    February 13, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    It always bothers me how James always holds modern controllers. He is holding it like a NES controller. Sometimes you will even see him look down to see which button he is trying to press. I know he grew up with NES and such, but so did I and I have adapted to all kinds of games. Try to play some more modern games. Don’t become the detached Dad who has no idea what his kids are playing. My dad is 50 and he plays all kinds of games all the time.

  • June 4, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    I’m sorry to say it guys, but after watching you play, I believe that you suck at Melee.

  • August 10, 2015 at 3:21 am

    why not played super smash bros brawl for nintendo wii

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