Super Smash Bros

It’s been six, long years since Super Smash Bros Brawl. When the Wii U came out in 2012, we all knew this day was coming. Nintendo fans everywhere could feel it in their bones. A new console could only mean one thing, and now it’s finally here (almost)… A NEW SUPER SMASH BROS GAME!

And not just one, but two. Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros for Wii U. The Wii U version isn’t out until winter, but the 3DS version finally reached UK stores on October 3rd.

First of all, if you’ve never played Super Smash Bros then what have you been doing with your life besides, you know… going outside? Smash Bros is a fighting game that pits a whole host of Nintendo characters, and even some guest appearances, against each other on a crazy, unpredictable battlefield.

Have you ever wanted to kick the crap out of Link with Pikachu? You can do that. Want to see Princess Peach get her own back and send Bowser flying to his doom? Feel free. Have you ever wanted to see the dog from Duck Hunt face off in a boxing ring against Little Mac from Punch Out, with the Wii Fit Trainer and Sonic the Hedgehog? If so, you’re gonna love this game.

Smash Bros has always been a console game; a case of inviting the mates over to battle it out with a controller each on the same screen. However, Smash Bros 3DS makes the transfer flawlessly. It doesn’t feel like a crappy 3DS game, it feels like a fully-fledged Super Smash Bros game, just in the palm of your hand. As for whaling on your mates, as long as they have a copy of the game you can connect to each other locally with up to four players. Or, get connected to the internet and battle people from around the world in both ranked and unranked matches.

Everything that makes Smash Bros great is there: solo play in Classic Mode and All Star Mode which face you off against characters one after the other; mini games like Target Blast, Multi-Man Smash and the Home-Run Contest; and of course the main Smash mode where you can fight to your heart’s content in both timed and stocked lives Smash fests.

The 3DS version also offers a new mode in Smash Run. During a Smash Run you run around a maze with your chosen fighter defeating enemies from various Nintendo games. There’s Goombas, Koopas, Waddle Dees and more. When you defeat them they drop power ups for you that increase your Attack, Defence, Speed, Jump, Arms and Special. Then after exploring the maze for five minutes you and the other three fighters, who have been doing the same, get pitted against each other in a random ruled, one minute long battle with all those buffs added to your skills. You could basically end up with Ganondorf and Ike being super-fast, or Sonic having insanely high attack power – which naturally means you’re gonna wreck some faces.

Although Smash Run is an interesting way to shake things up a bit and add some spice and variety to the game, it is for the most part quite boring. Not to mention you can get a load of tricky to deal with enemies all bunched up coming at you at once.  That’s fine if you’ve got the power behind you, but characters like Mega Man who need to rack up damage bit by bit before going in for the kill can find this hard. That said, it’s still a cool little feature unique to the 3DS version, giving it something different to its Wii U counterpart – besides different stages to battle on. It’s also a great way to collect trophies and customisable moves for your fighters.

Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS is everything you’d want from the Smash Bros franchise and more. The character roster could be a little better since there’s a few cloned characters like Dark Pit and Lucina (she’s just Marth… even in Fire Emblem Awakening she literally disguises herself as Marth). Ganondorf is STILL just a heavier Captain Falcon and even everyone’s favourite PHD in Butt Kicking, Dr Mario, is back from the days of Melee.

But at least the Ice Climbers got axed, and there’s still the possibility of DLC characters for the Wii U version (to find out which DLC characters we’d like to see here at Audio Addict, check out our feature). The controls can be annoying to get used to at first since the circle pad isn’t the best thing in the world, but these are all just minor details. Smash Bros 3DS is easily the best 3DS game we’ve had in a long time and it’s one that definitely needs to be owned by any self-respecting Nintendo fan.

Andrew Yates

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