When it comes to licensed games, new releases from children’s entertainment networks such as Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network tend to raise a red flag for us: More often than not, they end up as rushed, uninspired cash-grabs that will make sales regardless of their quality because the characters on the cover will appeal to younger gamers and parents who don’t know better. Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, however, appears to come dangerously close to bucking that trend, if only it weren’t for one major flaw.

The game is a Super Smash Bros. clone that features many of Nickelodeon’s most iconic characters from popular shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. While it may not sound like the most original gameplay experience, everything in it appears surprisingly polished, with beautiful stages, imaginative movesets, and fluid gameplay. Unfortunately, the game appears completely devoid of voice acting and is incredibly lacking in its range of sound effects, making what could have been a surprise hit feel rather lifeless.

You can see for yourself in the video below, which sees SpongeBob and Patrick throw down against Leonardo and April O’Neill. It feels so close, yet so far.

 

 

Still, the game may still have potential. Check out SpongeBob’s move list below for an example of the game’s surprisingly deep combat. Sakurai would be proud!

 

 

We’re still hoping for the best when Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl arrives on Nintendo Switch and other systems in Fall 2021.

 

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Written by Reece Heather

A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!

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