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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, 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: 69 out of 74
  2. Negative: 0 out of 74
  1. Oct 14, 2014
    Super Smash Bros. for 3DS succeeds in everything it tries to do.
  2. Sep 26, 2014
    Super Smash Bros. has KO’d my assumptions and renewed my enthusiasm for the series.
  3. Oct 6, 2014
    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. Oct 7, 2014
    What's mind blowing is that Nintendo have somehow put Super Smash Bros into pockets without cutting corners. The game has a wealth of content to keep players busy for many, many hours. Fans will be well pleased and newcomers will be set down the path to Smash Bros addiction.
  5. 85
    Super Smash Bros. for 3DS doesn't try to change the formula in what made Smash Bros. great, but it keeps adding to the existing formula and in that, creates new experiences that continue to make the game worth investing time in.
  6. Oct 7, 2014
    This is a smashing return to form for one of Nintendo’s most popular franchises, endlessly energetic and electrifying.
  7. Sep 26, 2014
    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: 10 out of 142
  1. Oct 4, 2014
    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 options that will last for months! 10/10 - bring on the Wii U version! Expand
  2. Nov 3, 2014
    La primera versión portátil y en 3D de un Clásico de Nintendo llamado: Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS (nombre sencillo, se le perdona) es ESPECTACULAR!
    A pesar de que muchos lo consideran un "Demo" comparada con la versión de Wii U, esta versión para 3DS es excelente y lo que nos ofrece no nos decepcionara; Nintendo puede presumir de contar con el mejor juego portátil de todas las consolas portátiles del momento, pues jugar Smash en donde sea es una idea increíble!
    Gráficamente el juego luce muy bien, los pixeles no se notan mucho (salvo en algunos escenarios) pero en cuestion de personajes, Nintendo cuido mucho su aspecto y lo hizo de maravilla
    Su Gameplay es como cualquier otro Smash y funciona perfectamente en el 3DS, algunos aspectos en contra seria el Stick (que sin mencionar muchos lo destruyeron) la consola no fue "preparada para este tipo de juegos" en algunos modos como "smashventura" en donde tienes que brincar es algo incomodo pero aun asi se puede jugar bien.
    El balance de los personajes esta perfecto, cada uno tiene sus ventajas y desventajas y se siente mas fluido que cualquier otro Smash (por ahora)
    Smash Bros Para 3DS es el mejor juego de Nintendo 3DS del momento (lo siento a link between worlds) si tienes una 3DS debes tenerlo!!
  3. Oct 8, 2014
    So I bought the game, even though I am not the biggest Nintendo fan, nor fighting games enthusiast. I gotta say: WOW. So much content, so deep gameplay, so much to do... I'm amazed. This is truly one of the most polished games on Nintendo 3DS, and it's extremely fun. Just taking time to explore the possibilities gives me chills. This is easily 10/10, though I have to admit that the lack of some kind of story mode separate for every character is a downside for me, though given all the alternatives it's really easy to forgive. Especially that you can just fire a simple offline or online smash and have a blast, since there's a lot of fun, unpredictable situations that the game can spawn for you... especially when you're a beginner and choose to randomize everything. Again, WOW. Go buy it. Expand
  4. Oct 4, 2014
    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 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. NPC
    Nov 16, 2014
    It's Smash Bros, what do you expect?

    I was a bit worried at first about my favorite fighting game series becoming portable, but I think
    this is the best Smash yet (at least until the Wii U version comes out). It combines the best elements of both Melee and Brawl, such as the speed being slower than Melee, but faster than Brawl, resulting in the perfect speed for this game. Tripping was removed (thank god) unless you slip on a banana peel, but that's okay, and you can still disable that item.

    Speaking of items, all the new items introduced are great, except for one. The gust bellows is the cheapest Smash item ever. It acts like Mario's FLUDD move, except with a much longer charge. This allows you to pretty much destroy everyone on screen with pretty much no skill involved. Good thing there's always item switch.

    The controls are surprisingly great, you get used to them very quickly.

    There are TONS of both new and old stages, and I'm glad they still kept some stages from Melee. The characters are very balanced as well as being very unique. The new Classic mode is great, All-Star is pretty much the same, Smash Run is a good replacement for Adventure, there are tons of fun "Challenges" (aka achievements) and the Stadium events are fun. However, this game does have it's problems. Firstly, online. The single and local multiplayer runs very smoothly, except for a bit of lag during 4-player smashes. However, the online is when not stretching a 2 minute match into a 5 minute lagfest, a lucky guess on when your moves might connect with an opponent 2 seconds after you pressed the button. For a game like Smash, that's pretty unforgivable. I mean, Mario Kart 7 online was fine, why is this so bad? Second, the lack of single-player modes, or modes in general. Sure, you can Smash with AI opponents, but it isn't the same. There's Classic and All-Star, but even those can be played with another person. However, the modes it DOES have are very deep, and I can live without online play (though I do hope they patch that). You can create custom characters, which is cool, and I don't really know what Smash Conquest is (an online mode) so I can't comment on that. Overall, I highly recommend this game, and I'm gonna be sure to get the Wii U version when that comes out.
  6. Oct 29, 2014
    There's no reason I should explain why this game is so great. What you see is what you get.
    I'll talk more what I didn't like about the game
    and I wish that is had.
    - if you don't own the 3DS XL, It gets kind of overwhelming when there's 4 characters fighting. Sometimes it's hard to track yourself. Which is a big deal.
    - no option to use the directional pad instead of analog.
    - smash run could have been better. It's a start though, something that they should bring back.
  7. Nov 19, 2014
    Letting 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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