Fighting games often require countless hours of dedication in order for players to become some semblance of ‘not shit’. The beauty of Smash Bros. is that this doesn't apply - within seconds you receive the instant gratification of punching Diddy Kong in the face.
There’s complexity in its mechanics, certainly, but for those who want to jump straight into a game that offers immediate insanity with some of the most intense and fun fighting available, Smash Bros. for 3DS is not only the best in the Smash series, but probably the best in the genre.
Every character brings something different to the table, meaning few feel like filler. Veterans will revert to type, jumping straight to the likes of Fox, Link and Zero Suit Samus, but the entire roster is worth experimenting with as you’ll likely stumble across some new favourites.
Unlike previous Smash Bros. games, players can now customise every character with new moves and stat boosters. These can affect a fighter’s attack, speed and defence. The new moves unlocked by simply playing one of the many modes can also modify things like mobility of attack damage. For example, Link’s spin attack receives an electric charge while Donkey Kong slides further across with his.
There’s more than enough ways to beat Nintendo’s back catalogue to a pulp here, too. 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.
The only real concern is with the hardware itself. Despite playing on the larger 3DS XL, there were still times when the action become overwhelming, and getting lost in the melee can be frequent. Regular 3DS-ers will know from the demo if this is an issue however, and the game does a good job of zooming in single-player.
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is certainly a surprise package. Packing a substantial amount of content and the same fantastic gameplay as its home console siblings, it gives the forthcoming Wii U version an awful lot to live up to.
9 / 10
- Every character offers something different
- Combat is excellent
- So much content
- People with a small 3DS might have trouble keeping up