Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS: Game Review!
In Super Smash Bros., players select a character and fight, upping the damage percentage of their enemies and attempting to knock them offstage or send them flying!
Unlike a lot of other fighting games, SSB doesn't emphasize combos that require tricky button maneuvering. Instead, it's about really mastering characters and having lightning-fast reactions to your opponents, and since the game has so many characters to pick from, fans can easily switch between dozens of their favorite characters!
The first Super Smash Bros. game debuted in 1999 on Nintendo 64 and featured just 12 characters. In the new game, 37 players are available from the get-go, and 12 more can be unlocked through gameplay, representing characters from all of Nintendo's biggest series, plus old classics like Pac-Man and Mega Man. The series has certainly come a long way!
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS features a few different game modes, bringing back a new version of Classic Mode that resembles a board game, where players battle through stages of varying intensity to snag coins, trophies and other prizes. It also brings back All-Star mode from previous games, plus Target Smash and Home Run Contest mini games.
The brand new Smash Run mode places characters in a massive open area, battling characters from various Nintendo games to collect power-ups to aid them in a final battle or race!
One of the coolest new additions to the series is the ability to play as a customized Nintendo Mii, allowing you to play as a character that looks just like you! Miis can become a Brawler, Gunner or Swordfighter, with moves that you select and customizable costumes, with pieces you collect through gameplay!
The other characters can also collect alternate moves and great power-ups to alter their stats. A boost in one statistic leads to a fall in another, and players can decide for themselves which qualities to enhance.
Throughout the game, you can also collect hundreds of trophies based on characters and props from Nintendo games, learning trivia tidbits and gaining knowledge along the way!
The new Super Smash Bros. game looks amazing. Characters are perfectly rendered and battle arenas are massive, with a huge attention to detail. Some stages, like the ones belonging to Kirby and Mr. Game and Watch, perfectly replicate game screens from those eras, and the music is as beautiful as ever.
However, on the Nintendo 3DS, the characters can sometimes get lost in the gorgeously expansive levels, even with the thick cell-shading outlines around them. This can be especially troublesome when more than one person is playing as the same character, and can persist event on the larger 3DS XL system.
But overall, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is a worthwhile investment for both die-hard Nintendo fans who will love the nostalgia of beloved characters and new fans looking forward to days and days of engaging and challenging gameplay. Fans of the series will not be disappointed with this latest release!
Disclaimer: Sweety High received a free copy of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS for review.