This is much better than I expected, honestly. I already know Nintendo's online typically is sub-par, but I didn't expect a game like Smash to even have online because Smash is such a precise game that lag would mess it up. I thought they'd just scrap the online. Now I can setup a game and play friends online (who have hard wired their Wii to the internet).
Also, I hate how every Nintendo topic on this site ends up with everyone just bashing it. It pisses me off that topics about something that members enjoy and like to discuss is raided by people who say the same thing every time. It is true in Mac topics, PC topics, Nintendo topics, Halo topics, etc. etc. etc. I am just sick of it. Some people are ruining almost every topic on this site. I can hardly enjoy some topics on here because of this.
So far the Wii has been a tad disappointing. Metroid Prime 3, Mario Galaxy, Smash Bros. Brawl, Twilight Princess, the Opera browser, and some others have made it worth my money though. Melee was more than a game to me. To me it was really a hobby. I am pumped for Brawl.
@Pooky: You clearly haven't been following http://smashbros.com
and I'm not saying that you should, but this game is much more than just Melee with new features. Single player stuff is completely revamped and there are tons of new improvements and features (I can't go over all of them here.) I'm mainly looking forward to the multiplayer with new characters, stages, modes, etc. with online capabilities. They aren't going to completely change the gameplay of multiplayer, so what else can they really do to multiplayer besides tweak it and make more/more different characters and a lot of new stages and some fun additional modes and customizability? Since you aren't and avid Melee player, you probably won't appreciate the game as much if at all, but you can't argue that it hasn't changed.
On Nintendo needing to be more innovative and fun: I agree, to a point. From a business standpoint, they aren't going to just scratch all their hit, well-selling franchises. But revolutionary gameplay changes, like Mario Galaxy for example, are being done to these franchises. People seem to a expect a hell of a lot from just one developer. When they try something new like Pikmin (which is generally accepted as a fantastically fun game), it typically flops, or isn't as successful as their franchise games. Though they are spitting out less and less new stuff, but their traditional stuff is still fantastic.
Honestly though, Nintendo seems to be getting less good 3rd and 2nd party support for their consoles. When people look at the Wii the immediately think of all the Nintendo games. When you think back to the Nintendo 64, my mind jumps to Banjo games, Rogue Squadron, Goldeneye, Jet Force Gemini, etc. There aren't too many games (so far) on the Wii that will go down as classics that are 2nd/3rd party titles. But either give Nintendo a break or don't jump on every topic, especially one as specific as a Smash Bros. topic. I could find 5 topics where Atom, for example, posted his same complaints in a Nintendo topic that wasn't initially posted as a debate topic.
Also, cousin, congrats on 3 years here.