Impressions

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

for Nintendo 3DS


Publisher:
Nintendo,
Developer:
Bandai Namco Games, Sora Ltd
Release:
October 03, 2014

Broadcasting Information

Start Date:
October 07, 2014
End Date:
Incomplete


Nintendo’s famous (and not so famous) characters smash things up wherever you go

Smash Bros. becomes portable for the first time with Nintendo releasing the popular fighting game title for the Nintendo 3DS. This title focuses heavily on trying to bring a title for those who enjoy a little Smash and those who are hardcore about the series. For a person like me, will Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS satisfy me as simple fan? Find out when I play the single player modes and give the viewers a chance to remind me how much I suck at games.

It’s good. That’s all you need to know. Having Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS wherever you go is great to have when you want something to quickly pass the time. You have games that you can pick up and go like Animal Crossing and Tomodachi Life but when you want something with a bit more action, this game is perfect. For when you’re on your own, you have Classic Mode and the more entertaining Smash Run to get you some cash to unlock trophies and items.

Though I enjoy Subspace Emissary from Brawl, Smash Run is an excellent replacement for, again, when you just want to solo. The game pits you into a maze of world with the goal of beating three computer controlled players in beating up enemies and building up various stats to buff your character. After a set time, it’s you versus those three computer controlled players in a match that could be all out fighting with a specific rule or even a race that has you dodging obstacles. It’s a nice change of pace but the mode can be rather brutal with the way enemies gang up on you.

Luckily Smash 3DS gives you the option to customize any character in the game to help buff them up and bring them into Smash Run or even other modes. That’s where Classic Mode comes in. In this mode you run across set paths collecting coins and reach a battle specific to that path. A roulette wheel determines what you will get if you win the battle such as more coins, items for your character customization, or absolutely nothing! You then continue until you reach one of the possible ends. This mode also allows you to set the difficulty for when you want a challenge. The higher you make it, the more you will be rewarded but of course the harder it gets.

Online mode is as you would expect it. You can choose to set up a lobby to go up against those on your Friends List or choose to face anyone at random. Bored of facing people online? The game also includes a spectator mode. Or if you’re in the gambling mood, choose Conquest Mode for a chance to increase your in-game wealth! Nintendo, teaching them kids to gamble at a young age! Family fun!

One of my gripes with the game is visibility. There were many times in which I found myself asking where my character is at, losing it from the chaos and the tiny screen. This is one of those games that can benefit from the 3DS XL but if you have bad vision, you may have trouble with the smaller, original 3DS model. Another part of the game that disappoints me the most is the lack of online play for Smash Run mode. I was hoping I could face friends no matter where I go but it sadly only supports local play if you want to go against others.

Overall, I’m happy with the game. It’s another game I can add to the list of titles I own on my 3DS that I can pick up and go for a little fun before I put it down again.