There are 35 characters in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but in the end, all players seem to find a few characters that suit them best. My best characters are Fox, Marth, Ike and Pit. What it comes down to it, I just need a fast character with a weapon.  Speed seems to be the more dominant factor as I seem to be proficient with both ranged and melee weapons. As much as I like to throw things, hitting someone with a sword can be just as satisfying.

I’ve gotten particularly good with Fox over time because I have been playing with him since the original iteration of the series. However, I have been playing him less in Brawl due to his decreased weight. I love using fox’s blaster, and although I used to be better, can still lay down long stints of fire. The other thing I like best about Fox is his aerial attacks as I tend to fight in the air…a lot. There have been many matches where I spend more time in the air than on the ground.

After playing Fox for a long time, I decided to use another character towards the run of Melee. That character was Marth, the one and only. Marth’s aerial attacks are great, and his speed made the transition from Fox easy. Marth had the added bonus of the tip for making serious smash attacks. However, one of Marth’s best attributes is his down special: counter. Marth can counter anything (except final smashes), takes no damage from the attack and makes a powerful counterattack.

Brawl brought back Marth in force and also gave us a slew of odd characters. My favorite of this new group was pit. Fast and armed, Pit gave me everything I needed in a character including a projectile weapon and a reflector. Add in the fact that he can fly, and Pit is one odd and awesome package. Learning to aim his arrows is a bit difficult but really throws the other players off during a game.

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