I'd have to agree about weapons in Super Smash Bros Melee. It's part of the game, and it still takes skill to use items correctly. Although I do see the merit in competing without items as well. Makes it more intense usually. SSBM is definitely my favorite game, and I really do well at it. My friends love it too, but lately they get sick of playing, because I can often beat 3 of them vs. me. I'm usually Samus, because she's strong, fast, and has a few advanced moves that other players do not, like Bomb Dashing, Wall Jumping, Extended Grapple, Grapple Recover, Bomb Recovery...umm, a few more. I'm not that great at Wavedashing because I'm accustomed to jumping with the control stick...so it's a lot harder to wavedash. I generally don't need it though. I'm considering getting into some tournaments pretty soon, there's some in the area in a couple weeks.