Super Smash Bros. for 3DS Review


October 6, 2014 by

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Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is, as its name suggests, the Nintendo 3DS version of the latest Super Smash Bros. game. It is a very solid fighting game that has everything that fans enjoy from the franchises as well as new features to keep the game fresh. It should be noted that players who play this game pushes the Nintendo 3DSfs capabilities to their limits quite far and that players using the current Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL will not be able to use the Internet browser or Miiverse; players who have the currently Japan-only New Nintendo 3DS or New Nintendo 3DS XL will be able to use those features.

The cast of this game is varied and filled with characters with more unique playing styles in order to keep combat interesting. New playable characters include Little Mac from the Punch Out! games who fights much better on ground and can use powerful KO punches after dealing or taking enough damage, Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles who can buff up certain stats at the expense of others, Rosalina from the Super Mario Bros. franchise who can summon a partner to fight alongside her, both male and female Robin from Fire Emblem Awakening whose magic tomes become unusable after a certain number of uses, Palutena from the Kid Icarus franchise whose move pool has many customization options, Mii fighters that can be customized by players but cannot be used in online mode, and those are just some of the characters with unique play styles. The wide number of characters means that players have a lot of choices and can experiment to their heartfs content to find the right one; each character can also have their special moves customized.

The stages in this game also bring new unique features. The biggest main feature is that the stages have two forms: a normal form, and an omega form for players who enjoy fighting on stages like Final Destination. Several stages come with several gimmicks to make battles much more interesting. For instance, Dr. Wilyfs Castle features the Yellow Devil who attacks players and explodes when defeated, injuring all except the one who struck the killing blow. The WarioWare stage occasionally makes players play little mini-games, granting bonuses to those who do well and penalizing those who donft. The Dark Emperor of the Find Mii stage wreaks havoc, powering and depowering characters and attacking them as well. The stages all show off the beautiful worlds of Nintendo and also force players to keep on their toes as they slug it out with each other.

The extra features are very enjoyable as well. Trophies are back and players can once again enjoy the rich history of Nintendo while collecting as many trophies as they can. Players can gain more trophies through a mini-game where players attempt to destroy many blocks as they can in a certain amount of time; the time can be increased by spending in-game coins. Another new feature, this one exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS, is Smash Run. Smash Run has players fighting hordes of Nintendo monsters such as Kremlings, Pokemon, the Underworld Army, and many others to gain power-ups, after which they fight against each other. While not as epic in scope as the Subspace Emissary from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it is a nice mode where players not only have to gain power-ups, they need to do it as fast as they can and also make sure that they get enough to stand a chance against their upcoming opponents.

There are a few little things that does hold the game back. The game takes a while to start up, probably due to the game pushing the limits of the Nintendo 3DS. There have also been reports of lagging in the multiplayer mode, which will probably be one of the biggest complaints players have of the game due to multiplayer being a major part of the whole game. The other modes do not have as many problems, so players who prefer to play solo will probably not run into too many problems. However, even with the above problems, the game still remains a very solid and enjoyable one.

This is a game that any fan of Super Smash Bros. or Nintendo franchises in general needs to pick up. It provides many ways to play and can cater to all sorts of different players. It is also a great way to introduce players to games that they might never have checked out before. It once again shows the franchisefs strength of not only offering exciting and interesting ways to battle but also celebrating the great amounts of imagination and innovation put into their games. Players will not regret picking this game up, whether it is for the Nintendo 3DS or the Wii U.

Rating: 9.5/10

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