Our score: 3.5 out of 5 stars
In what feels like a weird (but delicious) hodgepodge of Super Smash Bros with Nicktoons Unite comes Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, which is … pretty self-explanatory, actually! For no narrative reason, all your favorite Nicktoons, both new and old, are pitted against each other for a good fight. There’s really no backlog of these fights or difficulty trajectories that I could muster while playing the game, but I had a lot of fun having SpongeBob slam Nigel Thornberry into a building. Sometimes simplicity really comes in handy!
There isn’t much variety when it comes to fighting locations and characters are limited to headliners like SpongeBob, Patrick Star, Aang, Reptar (my personal favorite character to play), etc., but the game does a good job. job. on using each character while playing as them and giving them unique fighting moves that are specific to their characters. I can’t properly articulate how delicious it is to play as Reptar and shoot fireballs at a character like Danny Phantom or Catdog.
The game doesn’t attempt to do anything visually impressive in terms of scope or even just character designs, but honestly, considering the game is nothing more than a nostalgic Nickelodeon arcade riff on Super Smash, Tekken, Mortal Kombat, etc., it makes sense. keep everything simplistic and don’t extend the concept beyond what is necessary.
Even with that said, and how I think the game is a lot of fun within the context of what it is, there is a certain limit to this game and it is not very high by design. Yes, these characters are a lot of fun to play with and watch these crazy character reunions, but there’s not much else under the surface that makes you want to grab your Switch and play it again for something else. Once you’ve finished most of the fights, played as most of the characters, and unlocked some of the secret extras, you may just need to move on to the next game instead of playing a second or third time.
It all depends on what you expect from your fighting games. If you want nothing but recognizable characters from your childhood to pit against each other, you will have a good time and it will be a fun addition to your collection. Just don’t expect much more than the general concept they are selling you.