It isn't often that video games based on cartoons get a lot of traction, but every once in a while a licensed cartoon game will come out with aspirations to be more than a cash grab. Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl looks like it could be one such game, as it plans to take many of the Nickelodeon characters fans know and love and pit them against one another in a colorful Super Smash Bros. clone. This certainly isn't the first time a game has tried to mimic the massive success of Nintendo's party-fighting game, but it looks like the most interesting one in a long time.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl has been giving gamers a steady stream of updates since it was revealed back in July, showing how the game is combining the best of Nickelodeon with the best of the fighting game genre. The game's latest updates have come in the form of moveset announcements for a handful of characters, and they've been telling. In the spirit of the cartoons it's utilizing, it appears that Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl's movesets will make it so just about anyone can enjoy its gameplay.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl's Movesets Have A Sense Of Humor
Nickelodeon cartoons have always had a unique sense of humor, but in recent years that humor has gotten a boost thanks to dozens of Internet memes. Spongebob Squarepants has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of this, and the movesets in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl are not afraid to embrace that reputation. Spongebob, Patrick Star, and Sandy Cheeks are the game's three movesets that have been revealed as of this writing, and they're rife with references to some of Spongebob's most popular memes over the years.
These references are fun on their own, but they also give hesitant gamers a reason to consider jumping into the game. Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl's current roster may appeal to a wide range of cartoon fans, but for those that only have a surface-level knowledge, these meme references can give them something to relate to. Even for those who aren't familiar with gaming in general, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl's relatability could get a lot of people interested and help with the game's standing among other fighting games.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl's Movesets Have Depth
On top of its memes, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl's movesets show a surprising amount of depth. The game's Super Smash Bros. comparisons don't stop at its party game structure, as the movesets appear to have a similar blend of light, heavy, and special attacks. This could give hardcore fighting game fans something to enjoy by letting them play All-Star Brawl like they would Super Smash Bros. If the gameplay and movesets prove to be particularly popular, All-Star Brawl could even build its own community and blossom into a serious contender in the fighting game genre.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl seems like it's going to be a true celebration of everything Nickelodeon. The game's roster has only been expanding since it was announced, with CatDog and April O'Neil being revealed recently. Now that gamers have an idea of some movesets, All-Star Brawl has even more potential by making meme references and providing a wealth of attacks for each fighter. Time will tell if Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl sticks the landing and offers an experience that everyone can enjoy.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl releases on October 5 for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.