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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: 70 out of 75
  2. Negative: 0 out of 75
  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. Oct 7, 2014
    88
    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. 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: 10 out of 154
  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 8, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. And so the addiction returns...
    The graphics are the best I've seen on the 3DS, and my word does this game sound good. I seriously use this instead of my MP3 player now.
    The gameplay is the most balanced ever, with some characters being toned down a bit (looks at metaknight). I've played for over 40 hours and only lost one match because of circle pad problems.
    All the unlockable characters are great, and most have a unique gimmick like little mac's KO meter, or Rosalina and Luma's ability to separate, and actually make it work, unlike Ice climbers, who were broken as hell in Brawl.
    Smash run is SOOOOOOO addictive, and I would have bought the game just for this. There have been 1 or 2 online problems, but most are because of my bad internet, so I don't find myself frustrated.
    Even if it's left once the Wii U version comes out, I think it should be a criminal offence not to own and love this game.
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  3. Oct 5, 2014
    10
    Normally I wait until I've beaten a game to write a review, but Smash Brothers is not a game that you "beat". It's a game that you come backNormally I wait until I've beaten a game to write a review, but Smash Brothers is not a game that you "beat". It's a game that you come back to, time after time, because you find the concept itself appealing, such that you don't need dramatic characters or a complex storyline to supplement the game. Smash Brothers is a brawler, and nothing else. The reason I give this game a 10 is because it absolutely delivers on everything that is promised. I wanted a Smash Brothers game that I could carry in my pocket and this game certainly provides that. Nothing has been ticked back in order to bring the game to the handheld- the graphics are stellar, the framerate is stellar, and the sheer overwhelming number of combatants can almost be considered to be "too many". What I've enjoyed most so far in my 8+ hours of gameplay is that there are so many different single player modes. You have the classic mode, vs. mode, All Star Mode, bomb challenges, and others. Plus, the sheer amount of custom changes you can make to this game all but ensures that you will never, ever, experience all that Smash Brothers has to offer. If you consider that between the 50+ fighters and the 4 different types of moves with 3 different moves for each type, you could theoretically never play the same fighter twice. There is absolutely no reason why every 3DS owner should not purchase a copy of this game. It sincerely delivers on every level. Expand
  4. Oct 4, 2014
    9
    An excellent game and easily one of the best games on the 3DS.

    The game feels and plays exactly like a Smash game on a console (except for
    An excellent game and easily one of the best games on the 3DS.

    The game feels and plays exactly like a Smash game on a console (except for C-Stick). The controls are extremely easy to get into and are very intuitive. The character roster is great despite some odd additions (Dark Pit) and it has probably the hardest boss in the history of Smash.

    The gameplay is good old Smash, which is short term for excellent. You will spend hours upon hours playing this game either playing with your buddies, with the AI (it's competent) or unlocking characters throughout the game. Smash Run is a very fun mode as you can pretty much lose yourself in this huge map while powering up your character and is utter chaos with friends. The ability to create your own Mii Fighter with custom moves is awesome as well as customizing existing characters to your liking (at least when it comes to special moves).

    However, it does have some iffy parts. The single player experience is slightly nerfed from the previous two game when it comes to content or length. Classic Mode is very short and Smash Run alone can get boring after awhile and Smash Run not being able to play online does not help things. The multiplayer experience has also seen a decrease. Special Brawl is nowhere to be seen and Tournament Mode is also missing. The stages are a downgrade from Brawl and Melee as there only a few stages that are legit chaos.

    Despite those issues, Smash Bros for 3DS is definitely worth your time and is one of the best games on the 3DS hands down.
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  5. Nov 16, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. They took everything good from the past games and expanded on those things immensely. They took out everything that people hated in Brawl (tripping and Meta Knight being OP). Unfortunately, there is till a bit of character unbalance in the roster. If I were to give this a precise review, I would give this game a 9.6/10. Expand
  6. Oct 29, 2014
    8
    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
    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.
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  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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