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Mini Review: Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl (PS5) – Featuring Absolutely No Trace of Doug

Nicked from Nintendo.

This is the best Super Smash Bros. clone we have ever played. Let’s lead with that, because it’s absolutely true. Developer Ludosity has turned in a top party fighter with Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, and that’s an achievement that shouldn’t be sniffed at.

You hit hard and fast, with movement that’s snappy and responsive. Characters are beautifully rendered and animated, but in a way that doesn’t intrude on the fighting action. It’s enormous fun clocking all the gags: Patrick Star, for example, has his iconic “Is this the Krusty Krab?” “No, this is Patrick!” telephone slam as his side-heavy attack. This kind of fanservice is laced through the whole game, with each of the 20 stages laden with references – we loved Mr Horse space-jogging by in Ren and Stimpy’s ‘Space Madness’ arena. Unlike its inspiration, there are no items, but this isn’t a bad thing as it forces you to get better rather than rely on lucky drops.

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