Sunday, September 23, 2007

website structure - 2/3

Smash Bros. Dojo
This site provides the visitor with daily updates - weekdays, anyway - with news on the upcoming Wii game, Super Smash Brothers: Brawl. On each day a new aspect of the game is released - whether it's a new character or new items that will be present in the game.

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The game's logo is present at the top of the screen - it's gold/black, creating a sharp contrast to the blue sky-tones on the banner beneath it.
The main page contains all the updates in chronogolical order with the newest, naturally, being at the top. The updates/text is contained in an offwhite table over the white background - to make it easier for the visitor to read. There is a simple navigation table to the left hand side - black with white text, each link has a different colour, as well, to emphasize the different categories.
The characters page contains two headings - Newcomers, and Veteran Fighters. The playable characters of the game are organized into these two headings. I thought this was neat, as well, because personally, as a fan of the game, I saw the Newcomers first, got really pumped at the characters included, then saw the Veteran Fighters and got even /more/ excited because they've been newly rendered for this game and look awesome. :D Each pictures links to the character's page ..
The character's indiviual pages follow the same layout - the table containing all the information and the black link table to the right. Each page contains a fully CG'd render of the character and a description, followed by a series of in-game screenshots of the character 'in action'.
They've done something similar with the 'Stages' page. There's a series of thumbnails linking to a page for each of the stages - providing the visitor with larger screenshots and a description of the area.

I think this is a great concept for a site; most game site show very limited content before the game is released. With Smash Bros. Dojo, however, learning a bit about the game every update excites the fans - a great marketing ploy, I think. : D I'm definately going to pick this up when it's out.

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