To play "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" online, choose the Online Multiplayer option when entering the game. This pairs you against random players queued online, with up to three other players in a match.
Like all games in the "Super Smash Bros." series, "Brawl" requires you to choose a character and fight against other players using special abilities and items. Characters come from crossover series in the Nintendo world, ranging from Mario and Pikmin to Donkey Kong and Kirby.
"Smash Bros. Brawl" features both veteran characters from earlier games and newcomers. Veteran characters include Pikachu, Mario and Peach, while newcomer characters include Wario, Diddy Kong and Meta Knight. Players unlock advanced characters by winning matches. Unlockables include Toon Link, Sonic and Lucario.
Players start at 0 percent damage and reach 100 percent or higher as they take attacks. The higher the damage meter goes, the easier it is for other players to punt the character off the map. Once a player is punted off the map, he loses the match.
Maps have different characteristics making them easier for different characters. For instance, a map with a lot of platforms is ideal for Kirby because his power lets him eat other players. Platforms let him ambush other players and eat them from above before they can escape.