It’s been seven years since the last Super Smash Bros. game, and now Nintendo is not only releasing one Smash Bros. game, but two. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will arrive in Holiday 2014, and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS will arrive in North America on October 3rd.
If you happen to be a Club Nintendo Platinum member, you could get a chance to get four download codes for the new Super Smash Bros. for 3DS demo. Or you could do what I did and try to find codes that people are nice enough to post. If you don’t mind waiting, the demo will be up for everyone else on September 20th for 3DS. I was lucky enough to get a code and download the demo, and now here are my impressions of the new Smash Bros. game coming to 3DS.
While most of the features, arenas, and characters are locked out for the demo, there are five playable characters with one arena with two variations to fight in. The first thing you’ll notice is how stunning it looks. Looking at it from a YouTube video or a picture doesn’t do the game justice. It’s excellent. Because the screen is so small, it can be hard to find your character when things get hectic and the camera zooms out. Thankfully, each character has a palette swap so they are easier to find depending on what color you chose. There are five fighters to choose from and they are Mario, Link, Pikachu, Villager, and Mega Man.
Mario feels like the brawler. He can take heavy damage, but can barely do enough damage. That is where his assortment of weapons comes in. He’s got the F.L.U.D.D (Flash Liquidizer Ultra Dousing Device) from Super Mario Sunshine, the yellow flag from Mario Kart, and the super fireballs from the Flower power-up. While Mario can be slow, he is rather quick and his high double jump seems that it will take more effort to fight Mario off the arena.
Link, so far, is my favorite because he is the crowd clearing character. He does have an assortment of weapons, but nothing compares to the Master Sword. His spin attack can be devastating to all involved. He can’t jump as high as Mario, but the ability to use his spin attack mid-air makes up for it. The spin attack could be his secret weapon when in a Sudden Death scenario.
I’m not really feeling Pikachu. He does have a spin dash attack, but it’s risky to use because you can easily find yourself out of the ring. His lightning attacks are powerful enough, but you need to be close to your opponent to make a difference. To me, Pikachu is slow and his attacks don’t really do much. I consider Pikachu the risky character. If you happen to take time a learn how to use him, you can deal some devastating damage, but they require patience to properly use Pikachu.
Mega Man is the new fighter for the Smash Bros. series, and I think he is more of a zoning character. He has his master blaster from the first game as well as a sticky bomb that can latch on into opponents including himself. One of his moves is also the most helpful, he can take three leaves and surround himself in a shield and if someone gets too close they deal damage. It doesn’t take much, but the rotating leaves can do some damage if used properly.
The Villager is an item character. He can pick up items and put it in his pocket for later use. He has a devastating rocket he can use, but his fighting style is a brawler, just like Mario. He can dig out items to use and even cause other character to fall in a hole making them trapped for a short period. Much like Mega Man and Pikachu, he’ll take some getting used to.
So there is what I think of the characters included in the demo, but there are far more characters to play as. Here is the full list of fighters you can fight as or against:
- Rosalina & Luma
- Donkey Kong
- Diddy Kong
- Zero Suit Samus
- Toon Link
- King Dedede
- Meta Knight
- Little Mac
- Wii Fit Trainer
- Captain Falcon
- Mega Man
For the arenas there are two types; The Normal form and the Omega form. These are the arenas that is included:
- Final Destination
- 3D Land
- Golden Plains
- Rainbow Road
- Paper Mario
- Yoshi’s Island
- Spirit Train
- Gerudo Valley
- Jungle Japes
- Mushroomy Kingdom
- Unova Pokemon League
- Prism Tower
- Arena Ferox
- Reset Bomb Forest
- Distant Planet
- Tomodachi Life
- Find Mii
- Living Room
- Gaur Plain
- Boxing Ring
- Tortimer Island
- PictoChat 2
- Green Hill Zone
- Wily Castle
It’s not just solo and multiplayer as the only features. Nintendo went all out when it comes to features and they include:
- Smash: Allows you to play by yourself or with other players nearby using the Street Pass
- Online: Allows you to play the game with friends and strangers from around the world.
- Challenge: This will allow you to take on challenges and win in-game prizes.
- Smash Run: This one sounds like survival mode as you are in a labyrinth.
- There are also mini games where you can play classic mode and train to get your skills honed up for whatever you might face online.
- Custom: This will allow you to create your own Mii Fighter or customize existing characters.
- Vault: This is an area where you can look at trophies, pictures you have taken, replays you might have recorded, listen to the soundtrack, look at your records, or tips you might need to succeed in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS.
The demo for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is a lot of fun and I now can’t wait to see more of it. The controls could take a little getting used to, but it does offer training. If you are a fan of the series, then you might be a fan of this. I don’t know if this will match the insanity of its bigger brother, but it seems like a fun game to play on the go.
Super Mario Bros. for 3DS will arrive on October 3rd while Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will arrive sometime later this year.
Jesse Webster is a Senior Writer at MONG and wondering if Pikachu is still sad. You can find him on twitter.