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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: 12 out of 186
  1. Nov 9, 2014
    10
    Great game, I would have thought that such a big game like smash would not fair well on a portable console, but boy was i wrong, it is a goodGreat game, I would have thought that such a big game like smash would not fair well on a portable console, but boy was i wrong, it is a good as ever and i can't wait for Wii U release. Expand
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Jan 6, 2015
    9
    Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is better than most people say it is— yes, the controls are horrible but they can be changed easily, soSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is better than most people say it is— yes, the controls are horrible but they can be changed easily, so there's really no reason to criticize them. The character roster wasn't as impressive as it was supposed to be, but there's still great characters to fight with. I didn't see anything wrong with the character size—that's probably just me. I basically enjoyed it, and I can't say you will, but it is a fun game. Expand
  5. Oct 4, 2014
    8
    It's a fun game for 3DS. The single player modes are fun and rewarding, and you can get some good local multiplayer matches going if youIt's a fun game for 3DS. The single player modes are fun and rewarding, and you can get some good local multiplayer matches going if you haven't grown out of friends with 3DSs. If you like Smash, this lives up to everything you'd want out of it. Save for, the bad:

    1. Most of the online modes are unstable. The only mode you can get a reasonably non-laggy match is 1v1 For Glory mode. For Fun will mess up your day with its lag.

    2. The Circlepad is just not as satisfying or precise as a console joystick. Without that snap you get when you ram down the joystick in the console games, Smash attacks aren't very fun to pull off. And you'll find yourself doing tilt attacks in directions you didn't plan on.

    So it's a frustrating game if you want to get competitive with it, I'd imagine. I would just recommend playing this game casually; don't take it too seriously and just enjoy the silly-fun modes like Smash Run to tie you over until the Wii U version comes out. They are cool and the ridiculous amounts of gold and collectables you get from them make them worth playing more than once.

    The game is robust, the graphic design is great, but the design and power (mainly the online) of the 3DS hold it back from being truly awesome.
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  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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