Review: Super Smash Bros. 3DS
Written by The String Player Gamer
Title: Super Smash Bros. 3DS
Release Date: October 3, 2014
Plays like: Remember that time in your childhood when you would make up imaginary battles between your action figures from different franchises? This is the video game equivalent of that.
Why you should play: Because it’s an excellent fighting game, with tons and tons of fun content and almost unlimited replayability. It’s also the ultimate Nintendo fan service title, and then some!
Why you shouldn’t play: C’mon really? Well ok, if you’re not comfortable with the controls and screen size of the 3DS, you’re probably better off with the Wii U version coming out in a later date.
The Fighters – With 36 fighters unlocked from the get go, and dozens more to unlock as you play, you have a varied choice of fighters from Mario to Zelda to Peach and even a customizable Mii Fighter. Each fighter has different move sets that cater to your play style and strategies will differ with every opposing character. It will probably take weeks, or maybe months, if you plan to master every character. And then there’s online play.
The Fan Service – Everything Nintendo related is in this game. From battle stages, the excellent music, trophies, and of course the fighters themselves. But wait, there’s more! Smash Bros. 3DS also welcomes franchise crossover fighters such as Mega Man, Pacman and Sonic, who each has their own set of battle stages and music too!
The 3DS works great for Smash – When it was announced that Super Smash Bros. will come out on 3DS, everyone was worried if it will work in a small screen space. Worry not though, everything works great! Even the 3D effect helps a lot in navigating the more visually cluttered stages.
Lag during online play – Every veteran Smash player knows how important instant button reactions are during gameplay. Even with my above average 5mbps net connection, I still experience a few milliseconds of lag which totally destroys any strategic advantage you have when the opponent has already avoided you after your delayed Smash attack. Even Smash Bros. head developer Masahiro Sakurai released a statement which basically says “you need a better connection”. I hope they fix this in a future update.
The wait for Smash Bros. Wii U – Aside from that glaring online play flaw, everything else in this game is just really quality content and really a lot of fun to play, which makes waiting for the Wii U version even more unbearable for me. I want to play this excellent game in HD, in a bigger screen, and possibly a better Wii U network connection for online play. C’mon, c’mon!
Longevity: With dozens of characters to choose from, and possibly a lifetime to master each and every character, not to mention you can customize every character (in offline modes at least), hundreds of unlockables from new stages, extra music, and trophies, as well as endless party fun especially during local multiplayer, the possibilities are endless. The replayability of Super Smash Bros. 3DS lasts as long as you can stomach it. Even then, you can still always come back for more. And more. And more!
Random Fun moment: The first time I saw my own Mii win a battle. Things just became even more personal!
Music: Oh man! Where to begin? The music from Super Smash Bros. 3DS is exactly what you would expect: the ultimate Nintendo playlist. Though the music files have a certain lo-fi quality due to file over-compression, it’s understandable considering the quantity of music packed in the not so spacious 3DS cart, which is why I’m even more excited to hear the songs played in the Wii U version.
Aside from the usual big band or orchestral renditions of classic Nintendo music, such as Mario Bros. and Zelda themes, there are some left field choices with new arrangements that actually worked, such as this ska rendition of Kapp’n’s Song from the Animal Crossing series.
Also another great track is this 8-bit chiptunes meets rock arrangement of Dr. Wily’s Theme medley from Mega Man 2.
There’s so much more music to enjoy and unlock I’ll let you discover them yourself, so instead I leave you with my own orchestral rendition of the main themes from Smash Bros. Melee, Brawl and 3DS.
Nitpick: Did I tell you how this game makes waiting for the Wii U version even more unbearable? I did? Ok, move along.
Final Word: Super Smash Bros. 3DS is a well-made and fun game! Because the controls are easy to learn and very intuitive, this game has something not just for Nintendo fans, but for everyone. It is also an excellent action-packed action game.
SPG Score: 10/10! Not even the laggy online play can take this excellent game down!