New Smash Bros. Game Finally Released — Is It As Good As The Others?

The highly anticipated new addition to the Super Smash Bros. series has finally been released for Nintendo 3DS. Six years have passed since the last Smash Bros. game, Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii. This Smash Bros. game marks the first time that the hit fighting franchise has migrated to handheld gaming platforms. How does Super Smash Bros. 3DS hold up compared to the other games in the series? Is it as good as everyone hoped?

Before delving into the reviews about the new Smash Bros. game, it might be useful to understand what the game is. Super Smash Bros. 3DS, like its predecessors, is a unique all-star fighting experience, featuring characters from all of Nintendo’s most popular games, including Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Kirby, and Pokemon. In addition, some major video game characters from outside franchises are thrown into the Smash Bros. roster as well, such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac-Man, and Megaman. The Super Smash Bros. games throw the video game super stars into a zany arena full of ridiculous items and force them to battle it out, trying to knock their opponents off the stage and be the last one standing.

According to Engadget, “‘Smash Bros.’ for 3DS is the richest addition to the franchise’s history in over 10 years.”

The game is jam packed full of content, including hundreds of unlockable trophies, tons of modes with customize-able settings, and even a create-your-own-fighter feature. According to Christian Post, there are 51 playable characters in Super Smash Bros. 3DS, with 12 that are unlocked as players progress through the game.

Some of the Smash Bros. modes include Classic, which allows you to fight your way to the final boss (the master hand); Smash Run (a mode exclusive to Smash Bros. 3DS), which has you venturing through a platform stage fighting enemies and powering up your character for a final challenge; All-Star mode, which has you fight every character in the game in chronological order of their franchise’s release.

But is Super Smash Bros. 3DS really worth your money? Reviews for the game have been overwhelmingly positive so far. Gamespot has compiled a list of reputable reviews for the new Smash Bros. title. Here is the list, with a few extra sites thrown in:

Gamespot 8/10

Eurogamer – 7/10

Joystiq – 4.5/5

IGN – 88/100

GamesBeat – 97/100

NintendoLife – 9/10

Kotaku: “So, yes, what we have here is a very good Smash game. A great
‘Smash’ game, even. What remains inconclusive is whether this will ultimately feel like a healthy complement to the console version.”

Another version of the latest Smash Bros. game will also be made available for the Wii U home console by the holiday season. If Super Smash Bros. seems to be your kind of game, be sure to pick it up for the 3DS today, or wait for Super Smash Bros. Wii U to get yourself or someone close to you a great holiday gift.

For more on Smash Bros., check out the college football tour starting this week for both the Wii U and 3DS.