Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 75 Critics

Critic 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
    100
    A wonderful demonstration of Nintendo's expertise, Super Smash Bros. is both accessible and deep. A refined formula that transcends the capabilities of the 3DS to offer an amazing game. A statement for lovers of pure gaming and a paradise for Nintendo fans.
  3. Sep 26, 2014
    98
    The game looks absolutely gorgeous on the 3DS. Maintaining 60FPS is the key to a wonderful Smash Bros. experience, and this game fits the bill.
  4. Sep 26, 2014
    97
    You can never tell how great a fighting game will really be until the public has time to master it, but Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has everything it needs to finally get the competitive community to move on from Melee. The new characters are excellent, and the gameplay is smooth, fast, and exciting.
  5. Not just a technological achievement, but a design one. There's never been a Smash Bros. with more see or do. How they've done it is anyone's guess. [Christmas 2014, p.74]
  6. Sep 26, 2014
    95
    Smash Bros for 3DS is a solid polish of everything that made Brawl great, but faster, tighter and with even more content.
  7. Sep 26, 2014
    95
    Phenomenal. Let any doubts about a handheld version of this game be put to rest- Super Smash Bros. 3DS pulls no punches and stands proud with its console predecessors.
  8. Sep 26, 2014
    95
    Even though it's played in a handheld, it is as good as any other game of the series. It works great on 3DS, and the fighting system has been improved, tweaked and revisited with new additions and objects. One of those games you shouldn't miss if you own a 3DS.
  9. Oct 22, 2014
    93
    Delivers big as a technical fighter and insane Nintendo block party. [Dec 2014, p.74]
  10. Sep 26, 2014
    93
    Super Smash Bros. has KO’d my assumptions and renewed my enthusiasm for the series.
  11. Oct 13, 2014
    91
    Smash Bros. has arrived, and it didn’t disappoint. I can’t stress enough that this needs to be in everyone’s 3DSes.
  12. Sep 30, 2014
    91
    A new, great episode for this great series. At first you will feel the downside in terms of graphics, but that's the only "issue" with this version of Smash Bros.
  13. Oct 18, 2014
    90
    Except for the chronic lack of balance, that is going to annoy the more technical players, the portable debut of Super Smash Bros. is a triumph in every point of view.
  14. Oct 15, 2014
    90
    Despite the size, Smash Bros. feels right at home on the 3DS.
  15. Oct 9, 2014
    90
    Mario, Link, Pikachu, Pac-Man, Sonic, Kirby and more come together in a game where they all beat each other up.
  16. Oct 7, 2014
    90
    Not many games can manage to do the same as Super Smash Bros: maintain itself fresh and fun after fifteen years.
  17. Oct 7, 2014
    90
    Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS succeeds in the art of taking the best elements from the previous installments and create a game that is just as good for the casual player as the hardcore gamer. The only real limitation comes in the form of the controls and smaller screen, but on the other hand, we have a portable Smash Bros now.
  18. Oct 7, 2014
    90
    While its online play is far from perfect, Super Smash Bros. 3DS is an impeccably polished package that proudly brings the series back to its best while fearlessly treading new ground.
  19. 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.
  20. 90
    Nintendo’s newest treasure lives up to its predecessors and improves upon the formula in well thought out and engaging new ways.
  21. Oct 6, 2014
    90
    The handheld debut of Super Smash Bros. is a successful one that stands proud alongside its predecessors on home consoles and is a must-have for Nintendo 3DS owners, with combat that feels more refined than Super Smash Bros. Brawl and can be enjoyed by casual and dedicated players alike.
  22. Oct 2, 2014
    90
    The first handheld version in the Super Smash Bros series is a great one. The action we know and love translates perfectly to a smaller screen, and the new fighters and game modes will keep you coming back for hours and hours on end.
  23. Sep 30, 2014
    90
    The portable version of Super Smash Bros. is technically impressive and really fun to play. Nintendo has done a great job shrinking this brawling game and turning it into an amazing 3DS title, despite the small screen of its handheld.
  24. Sep 29, 2014
    90
    Given the different game modes, the online and local matches, and the strong content in characters, settings and items, SSB is the largest gathering of Nintendo characters available for the Nintendo 3DS.
  25. Sep 29, 2014
    90
    With Super Smash. Bros 3DS, Nintendo gives a finger to all people who forgot what genius was required to make all those pretty IP's work together. We're not dealing with a Street Fighter or a KOF episode, and then, this new Smash Bros. gameplay is deeper than deep. More than that: it's beautiful and smooth, even online. The left stick is fragile and we can only regret the fact that you'll probably need an XL to fully enjoy the game, but this new entry is a true gem.
  26. Sep 26, 2014
    90
    Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS manages to feel like a complete and worthwhile step forward for the franchise, even though you might occasionally wish for the precision of a real controller.
  27. Sep 26, 2014
    90
    This is not a weaker version of what awaits us when the Wii U outing rolls around in a few weeks time. It's one of the best handheld games out there.
  28. Sep 26, 2014
    90
    One of the best reasons to acquire a 3DS system. Dozens of characters to choose from, game modes, options, secrets... A game for the ages.
  29. Sep 26, 2014
    90
    Remarkable production values combined with a staggering amount of content and fan service make Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS an entertaining, rewarding and downright addictive title that’s immensely hard to put down.
  30. Sep 26, 2014
    90
    Super Smash Bros is as fast, frenetic, and wonderfully satisfying on handheld. And this pint size version has more of everything - including fighters, trophies, and modes.
  31. Sep 26, 2014
    90
    Both single and multiplayer offerings giving you enough reason to spend hours upon hours simply collecting new uniforms and trophies. The 3DS-exclusive Smash Run offers something different from the rest, too, adding a five minute side-scrolling spree before a four-man brawl.
  32. Sep 26, 2014
    90
    While designed for your pocket, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS does not skimp on the features. A full-fledged Smash game, packed with stuff to discover, and boasting a roster of familiar and thoroughly inventive new characters, this is a beautiful fighting game than everyone can enjoy. Just a shame that the online isn't that hot.
  33. Sep 26, 2014
    90
    The fourth Super Smash Bros. is more than just brawling; a lot more, in fact. I've spent far more time collecting loot, doing Classic mode playthroughs, participating in Smash Runs and pushing my high scores in various minigames than I have actually fighting other people.
  34. Sep 26, 2014
    90
    While there are definite areas where Nintendo could improve on Super Smash Bros. in an inevitable sequel, this is the most feature-complete, compelling Super Smash Bros. entry to date. It stands right alongside Fire Emblem: Awakening and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds as a game that every 3DS owner should play.
  35. Sep 26, 2014
    90
    Delivered just about everything I wanted out of it, and then some. I've grown attached to a number of newcomers, I've played more online matches than I ever did with Brawl, and I'll be tackling all of the single-player content for weeks on end. I'm all in again thanks to Smash 3DS.
  36. Sep 28, 2014
    89
    Its impressive roster of almost fifty playable characters manages to draw in both newcomers and veteran players, and keeps them hooked through relevance, balance and sheer playability. The physical limitations of the 3DS system does hinder the experience somewhat, especially initially, and this game’s equivalent of the Adventure Mode (Smash Run) lacks the immediate fun of its two predecessors. But the multiplayer is as strong as ever, with the potential to become the series’ most celebrated yet.
  37. Oct 7, 2014
    88
    Super Smash Bros. is a worthy fighting game on the 3DS. The game hasn’t lost any of its depth. The arenas are smaller though, and the gameplay may not be optimal for the fanatic players. The lack of a singleplayer storymodus also irks. Still, this game is able to provide fun for hundred of hours.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. Sep 26, 2014
    88
    Super Smash Bros. hit handheld gaming after fifteen years, and it's as great as usual, even without a bulletproof single-player mode. This isn't a [90] just because offline multiplayer - with only one cartridge - has been omitted.
  41. Sep 26, 2014
    88
    Smash 3DS is impressive and, for the most part, feels right at home on 3DS. The multitude of ways to play and awesome customization gave me many reasons to keep fighting - and I’ve been at it for more than 45 hours already.
  42. Sep 26, 2014
    87
    Smash Bros also looks great on this handled system. Fluid and dynamic combat, a great character roster and a good variety of modes. However, nothing compares to best Brawl modes.
  43. Nov 15, 2014
    85
    The new Smash overcomes its biggest challenge by actually being very playable on the portable 3DS. The online side is mediocre at best, but there is nevertheless a lot of fun to be had here. [Nov 2014]
  44. Oct 6, 2014
    85
    What a monster! When it comes to content this is the mobile beat-em-up to get. A solid solo campaign is nowhere to be seen, but with all its modes, unlockables and varied gameplay it is hard to resist the 50+ fighters.
  45. Sep 26, 2014
    85
    Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is all things. A videogame soundtrack for the ages. A digital hoarder’s dream. A virtual cock-fighting ring. A magnifying glass from space. A do-it-yourself 3D diorama kit. That it’s a fun game too is almost frosting at this point.
  46. Sep 26, 2014
    85
    It's not the best Super Smash Bros so far, but it perfectly fits on the handheld and has an impressive amount of content.
  47. 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.
  48. Dec 2, 2014
    80
    On its own merits, it's an utter joy...but it's also pretty clearly a primer for the Wii U version. [Issue#255, p.68]
  49. 80
    Small in scope, large in fun it can deliver. Ideal for multiplayer brawling. [Issue#246]
  50. Nov 5, 2014
    80
    Irritations never last long in Smash 3DS, sandblasted away by the winningly varied combat and the sheer torrent of ways to enjoy it. [Dec 2014, p.122]
  51. Oct 17, 2014
    80
    Super Smash Bros. for 3DS does an immaculate job of bringing Nintendo’s beloved fighting game to the handheld system and has packs in the best character roster and feature list to date, but the shortfalls of its hardware prevent it from reaching greater heights. It’s the perfect Smash Bros. game on an imperfect console.
  52. Oct 15, 2014
    80
    Super Smash Bros. makes the leap to 3DS with aplomb. Its deep, addictive combat makes it the best fighting game on the system.
  53. Oct 14, 2014
    80
    The refinements to returning characters, while not quite revelatory, are notable for their ability to subtly tip the scales in favor of the dedicated player in a pinch.
  54. 80
    If we were too look at 3DS version in isolation, it does miss the point of why people play Smash Bros. in the first place.
  55. Oct 7, 2014
    80
    Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS often feels as good as previous entries in the series, but it takes time to master the controls on the handheld. Thanks to a lot of content and the possibility of refining your favorite characters, you can play the game endlessly.
  56. 80
    One of the best handheld fighters of all time.
  57. Oct 7, 2014
    80
    This is a smashing return to form for one of Nintendo’s most popular franchises, endlessly energetic and electrifying.
  58. Oct 2, 2014
    80
    For button-mashers and hardcore smashers alike.
  59. 80
    There are some inherent limitations with playing a four-player fighting game on a 3DS but this overcomes almost all of them, to become one of the portable’s definitive multiplayer games.
  60. Sep 26, 2014
    80
    Even if you're likely to move onto the console version or you don't play your 3DS much, this edition of the venerable brawling series offers everything you could want and will likely become a standard bearer for the platform.
  61. Sep 26, 2014
    80
    The greatest accomplishment of Super Smash Bros for 3DS is that the core battle system works so well on a handheld device. Once again Nintendo has demonstrated exactly how to bring a home console game to the small screen without compromising on concept and content.
  62. Sep 26, 2014
    80
    The roster is bigger and better, a large variety of fun stages has been added, and some cool tweaks like character customization make their debut. Spotty online offerings, the drawbacks of being on a portable console, and the lack of a substantial single-player mode hurt the overall experience, but not enough to tarnish the series’ name.
  63. Sep 26, 2014
    80
    It retains all the action, polish, and fun factor that makes the series wildly popular with a wide range of gamers. However, the game gains little and loses much on the small screen. As much fun as it is to play, it's going to be more fun, more attractive, easier to control, and hopefully more online-capable on the Wii U.
  64. Sep 26, 2014
    80
    At its core, Super Smash Bros. is both a loving tribute to Nintendo and a surprisingly deep fighter, and though it hasn't changed much over the years, its appeal is strong as ever on the Nintendo 3DS. The solo experience is admittedly lacking, but as a multiplayer game, it remains a delight.
  65. Sep 26, 2014
    80
    It goes a long way towards catering to both long-time fans of the series and casual newcomers with mechanics that are simple to grasp, while also adding some welcome new degrees of complexity.
  66. Sep 26, 2014
    80
    It would be easy to sit and reel off a list of things Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS doesn’t have, but it’s better to focus on what it is. And what it is, is a functionally excellent, portable version of Super Smash Bros.
  67. Sep 26, 2014
    80
    I found so much raw joy in my time with Super Smash Bros. 3DS. And even though I played to the point where I was literally in pain, I didn't have to keep playing Smash Bros. 3DS. I wanted to.
  68. Sep 26, 2014
    80
    The free-for-all fighting festival makes its entry in the 3DS with an excellent technical performance, a memorable soundtrack and a significant lifespan, all of which contribute to make this a very solid bet for Nintendo's portable machine.
  69. While holding hand on the sacred Mario cap we should admit that SSB is not the most suitable game for small screen 3DS, even for XXL versions. It is so difficult to follow flickering characters on the background of richly animated arenas. Especially when opponents flee in different corners and the camera drives away. [Nov 2014, p.104]
  70. Oct 8, 2014
    75
    As it is now, online play is virtually useless to me, which certainly negates a lot of the multiplayer fun on my side. Hopefully this will either improve, or be ironed out for the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros.
  71. Oct 3, 2014
    74
    Until Nintendo manages to nail all aspects of Smash’s multiplayer, it’s just another missed opportunity that has to rely heavily on its solid single player offerings.
  72. Oct 6, 2014
    70
    Being able to finally take the Super Smash Bros. games on the road is a welcome addition to the fighting game/party game hybrid series, and generally everything works well. Unfortunately, playing online is uneven at best, and the small screen can make things difficult to see, but the overall experience is still damned fun from start to finish.
  73. While [the] handheld game stands on its own and recreates the same fun, bombastic, brawling experience it does feel a little pared down.
  74. Sep 26, 2014
    70
    The handheld's d-pad cannot be used to move your character (instead it triggers taunts) and the analogue stick prevents precision inputs. Here, stripped of its fan service and joyful chaos the grim truth is revealed: Super Smash Bros. is a mediocre fighting game.
  75. 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.
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 412 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 153
  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! Full Review »
  2. Oct 8, 2014
    4
    Everything that was done right in previous installments Melee and Brawl has been either unnecessarily changed or removed, and the new featuresEverything that was done right in previous installments Melee and Brawl has been either unnecessarily changed or removed, and the new features are lackluster. Smash Run is boring, customizable loadouts have been done by plenty of other fighting games, the online is still a joke, and interesting characters like Snake, the Ice Climbers, Lucas and Wolf have been removed for characters nobody asked for (because I'd hate to imagine having to share the same planet as someone who wanted Dr. Mario back). Full Review »
  3. Oct 5, 2014
    2
    As a religious smash player I was very disappointed in this new chapter of the series. Nintendo took the competitive feel out of it and theAs a religious smash player I was very disappointed in this new chapter of the series. Nintendo took the competitive feel out of it and the game has lost its luster. What really lost me was the horrible controls and internet speed. The online play has the one of the slowest servers a game has ever had and one person can drag everyone down in a multi battle. You cannot move the characters fast and moves are harder to perform and chain for quick damage. Overall, this game is not worth it unless you want to buy the game just for playing level 3 computers for 2 hours. Full Review »