Project M is a project by Super Smash Bros. Fans to modify Super Smash Bros Brawl into a faster, better, more technical game. Its inspiration is to replicate Melee's gameplay and balance out the roster for a better more interesting selection of characters.
What is Melee?
Super Smash Bros Melee is the second game in the Super Smash Bros franchise and is currently the most popular among competitive fans. It was created by Hal Laboratires for the Nintendo Gamecube.
So why don't players just play Melee?
Well, there are plenty of reasons to play Melee, but there are more reasons to prefer Project M over Melee. The common accusation is that if Melee fans love Melee so much, they should just play Melee instead of trying to turn Brawl into Melee.
How it started
Super Smash Bros Brawl was instantly criticized for being slow. Players wanted to change the game to be faster and more competitive. Sakurai, the creator of the Smash Bros Series, stated that he wanted a game that both casual and hardcore fans would enjoy. He hit the nail with Super Smash Bros, and further perfected it with Super Smash Bros Melee. But, there just didn't seem to be anything for high level players in Brawl.
So Brawl players started to modify it. There came new versions including Brawl+, which simply speeds up Brawl and takes out its downfalls. Brawl- did the same, but also hyped up each character to be overpowered in a quick attempt to balance the game and make it fun for Brawl players.
Project M started as a derivative of Brawl+, and is now the biggest Brawl Modification Project in existence.
It's a very small point, but you can still use the Wii mote, nun-chuck, or classic controller in case you preferred those methods over the Gamecube controller.
9. Higher resolution textures.
Simple as that. Some people prefer the higher resolution textures, giving Project M a more hardcore look and feeling.
8. No Tripping.
This is a point for all Brawl modifications such as Brawl+, Brawl-, and Balanced Brawl. But it must be stated.
7. Insane A.I.
The computer players were never really that fun to play against, and couldn't really help you play against other human characters. But in Project M, that's been taken care of. Well, mostly.
6. More stages
Melee has about ten usable stages for tournament play. Project M has about 15 and more.
A lot of people love to see different textures and models on their characters. And a lot of players love certain stages that weren't in Brawl or Melee. Thanks to Brawl Vault, players can customize their game with stages, textures, and character models beyond that of a stage builder.
4. Larger Roster
Melee has a roster of 25 characters. Almost half of them were deemed unplayable in high level gameplay, leaving a repetitive cast of 13 characters to be overused. The first Demo of Project M only had 14 characters, but was still more diverse and compelling than Melee. Now, Demo 2.1 of Project M has 29 characters, which not only outdoes Melee, but has a cast brimming with high level gameplay, instead of just half full.
Note: Demo 2.5 is on it's way, and the roster is expanding with it.
Brawl was terribly unbalanced. Melee had better balance, but still wasn't quite there. To reiterate, Only half of Melee's roster is deemed worthy of high level play. When Project M is done, it will have over 35 characters ready for high level play.
2. Brawl + SD Card is less expensive than Melee
Melee, because of its popularity, is expensive. It can cost up to 100 United States dollars. So getting brawl for only 25 dollars and an SD card for about 10 dollars seems a lot more attractive for the cheap people out there.
Note: Project M requires a copy of Brawl and a 2GB SD Card.
1. It still appeals to casual players
Having a party? Want smash bros to be there? Want it to be fun and engaging? Want it with no tripping? But do you have noob friends who prefer Brawl for its higher graphics and roster rather than gameplay? Well then you need Project M. Project M makes Brawl into something that noobs and high level players both can enjoy so that you don't need two different games at your party. This is really a combination of every point I've made so far.