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  • Summary: Return to a world of exciting battles with Super Smash Bros. as you fight your way through a host of fan-favorite opponents. Make your way through memorable stages inspired by the most notorious classic Nintendo games. Challenge a myriad of familiar faces to battle, including Mario, Link,Return to a world of exciting battles with Super Smash Bros. as you fight your way through a host of fan-favorite opponents. Make your way through memorable stages inspired by the most notorious classic Nintendo games. Challenge a myriad of familiar faces to battle, including Mario, Link, Samus and Pikachu, or take on new contenders, such as Mega Man, Little Mac and Palutena, the Goddess of Light from the Kid Icarus games. Leap into battle as your own personalized Mii characters. Dive into a thrilling new mode, exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS, Smash Run. Fight solo through a battlefield of enemies, and snatch up their dropped powerups before the clock runs out — and the real battle begins. Customize your fighter for when you're playing locally or online. Experience all the stunning beauty of the Super Smash Bros. world rendered in immersive 3D. Challenge family and friends locally or online, or seek out new competition from around the globe in online For Fun or For Glory matches. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 76
  2. Negative: 0 out of 76
  1. Oct 14, 2014
    100
    Super Smash Bros. for 3DS succeeds in everything it tries to do.
  2. Sep 26, 2014
    93
    Super Smash Bros. has KO’d my assumptions and renewed my enthusiasm for the series.
  3. Oct 6, 2014
    90
    Whether you’re a longtime fan of the series like me, or a curious newcomer, you owe it to yourself to buy this game if you have a 3DS.
  4. Sep 30, 2014
    88
    A fantastic portable version of the ultimate Nintendo brawler, Super Smash Bros. 3DS gives the player the complete experience of the beloved franchise, despite control shortcomings related more to platform limitations than to game design flaws.
  5. Jan 9, 2015
    80
    If you’re a fan of Nintendo, you will be delighted with Super Smash Bros. [13/2014, p.69]
  6. 80
    One of the best handheld fighters of all time.
  7. Sep 26, 2014
    60
    A highly polished iteration of Smash Bros. that plays great on its own. But when you're afflicted by latency problems in local multiplayer, you'll suddenly become painfully aware of the 3DS version's critical shortcomings.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 170
  1. Oct 4, 2014
    10
    This truly is the most "FUN" you will have with a video game this year! I highly recommend this game for all ages! A great game with optionsThis truly is the most "FUN" you will have with a video game this year! I highly recommend this game for all ages! A great game with options that will last for months! 10/10 - bring on the Wii U version! Expand
  2. Nov 11, 2014
    10
    Until the wii u version comes out, this is my favourite smash bros game. Such amazing and unique characters thrown into a battle royale. WhatUntil the wii u version comes out, this is my favourite smash bros game. Such amazing and unique characters thrown into a battle royale. What more could you want? Expand
  3. Oct 3, 2014
    10
    I was a bit skeptical about Smash coming to the 3DS, but those doubts were instantly put aside when playing against a few friends in ourI was a bit skeptical about Smash coming to the 3DS, but those doubts were instantly put aside when playing against a few friends in our living room. The 3DS manages to maintain 60fps without a hitch, and the game looks & feels stunning because of it.

    The roster is the best we've seen in a Smash so far, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how the Wii U version turns out.
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  4. Oct 4, 2014
    9
    Game play wise, this is pretty much what you expect. In true Nintendo fashion, there's nothing really new here, but that's not really what weGame play wise, this is pretty much what you expect. In true Nintendo fashion, there's nothing really new here, but that's not really what we wanted anyway. More importantly, the game translates to the 3DS great, which was a big fear of mine. Also, the level of online integration they put on this game is AMAZING, particularly for Nintendo. Online play that works great and is super smooth, the ability to link up with a WiiU for use as a controller, and the ability to incorporate your own Miis into the game is fantastic. I had to give the game a bonus point just for all of that since that's something Nintendo is usually super scared of. A definite must own for any Smash Bros. fan and DS owner. Expand
  5. Jan 3, 2015
    9
    This is the best smash bros nintendo has made. i appreciate them going all out on the 3ds and wii u. Smash Bros is extremely fun and online isThis is the best smash bros nintendo has made. i appreciate them going all out on the 3ds and wii u. Smash Bros is extremely fun and online is extremely competitive. Like fight game people troll the same movies over and over but Smash Bros they try, but you can use your mind to get past that and beat the hell out of them trolling bastards and its more satisfying than the last. Many developers can learn a leasson from the people who mad this game, and im not saying nintendo. im talking about the actual people that put and effort in making this game. This game is a must have if you have a 3ds. And my favorite thing about this game is the retroness they added in the 3ds version was an incredibly smart idea on so many levels. Any character can beat any character dont let the bad reviews fool you. They did not take anything away that matter. and there is plenty of content and dlc in the future. Who ever gave this game a low review sucked at playing it. i mean i beat almost impossible odds online with Bowser. some over powered characters but skill overpowers an overpowered character. 9 out of 10 Expand
  6. Oct 30, 2014
    8
    A year of hype most certainly had quite the satisfying payoff indeed. It honestly feels great to have the ability to play a game such as SmashA year of hype most certainly had quite the satisfying payoff indeed. It honestly feels great to have the ability to play a game such as Smash in its handheld form, being able to (as cliche as it sounds) take it wherever you go. True, of course, it doesn't have nearly as many features as the WiiU version has been revealed to have, but this makes perfect sense seeing as it is still a handheld version. Anything wrong or troublesome about almost all of the veteran characters has been fixed and balanced, and most of the newcomers have proven quite fun to play as too. Dr. Mario and Dark Pit, however, have absolutely no reason to be in this game whatsoever and I honestly wish they would leave and never come back. Lucina could've simply replaced Marth, and, again, Dr. Mario and Dark Pit easily could've been alternate skins for Mario and Pit because that is quite literally all they are. Oh, except for the fact that Dark Pit's Final Smash is worse than Pit's. All that aside, though, Smash 4 has proven to be quite a superb game indeed, guaranteed to provide many an hour of fun. True, however, the online gameplay is quite atrocious indeed, but it does make sense seeing as it's a fast-paced game trying to communicate over the internet in between two handheld consoles. That being said, however, pretty much means the online could've been cut out. Well, worldwide online at least. I've played with friends online that live within the same city and it worked perfectly fine, but whilst playing with a friend in the UK, it was lagging like nuts. In my personal opinion, the only fighter that was dropped for this game that I actually cared about was the Ice Climbers. That's just me though. Smash Run, the new mode being introduced in this game and being exclusive to the platform, proved to be quite fun as well. Honestly, I was just kinda listing things about the game with no transitions or structure. Man, do I suck at writing reviews. Expand
  7. Nov 19, 2014
    0
    Letting Namco develop this is the biggest mistake ever made for the Smash Bros franchise oh and Sakurai is a terrible director as well becauseLetting Namco develop this is the biggest mistake ever made for the Smash Bros franchise oh and Sakurai is a terrible director as well because all he is doing is promoting his mediocre overrated Kirby series. Seriously. Kirby got more screen time than Rosalina in her OWN trailer and was even shown last. Anyway the blast zones are too big, ledge mechanic sucks (I prefer tripping over this crap and I am serious) and it's the most unbalanced character roster in the franchise because of how many playable characters there are this time and just when you think it can't get any worse they're adding Mewtwo! The fact this game is getting balance patches already proves my point. The Wii U could be the best game but the 3DS version is more unplayable then Sonic 2006 and your Circle Pad will break too if you play this game competitively. Smash Run is a stupid gimmick and custom move sets are dumb because Sonic doesn't have Tails as a recovery, Toon Link doesn't have the leaf as a recovery from the Wind Waker as a recovery and Olimar doesn't have Pikmin from Pikmin 3! Get with the program Sakurai! Don't buy this game. Just wait for the Wii U version. Please. Oh and if you own this game. Sell it and use that money for the Mewtwo DLC for the Wii U version. Expand

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