JEFFREY T. PAINE
Arts & Life Correspondent
After a long wait, the latest installment in Nintendo’s “Super Smash Bros”series is finally available on 3DS. Despite being the first game in the series released on a handheld system, it lives up to the series’ tradition of being full of content, having deep gameplay and being a blast to play.
Past “Smash Bros” games have pulled characters from a wide variety of Nintendo games, bringing them all together in a grand, cross-series battle royale. “Smash 3DS” is no exception, featuring a roster of 51 different characters from loads of Nintendo franchises. Besides the series’ regulars like Mario, Kirby, Samus and Link, “Smash 3DS” features 14 newcomers such as Lucina and Robin from “Fire Emblem: Awakening” and Little Mac from “Punch-Out!” There are also several characters from non-Nintendo games, like Megaman, Pac-Man and Shulk from “Xenoblade Chronicles.” The roster is huge, varied and each character has a unique set of moves and powers to put the hurt on enemies.
“Smash 3DS” also features a host of new game modes. Smash Run puts players into a huge labyrinth where they race to collect power-ups and treasure and then cap off the race with a four-way battle. Players can now customize their fighters with new attacks and moves, which are unlockable through Smash Run.
In online play, Nintendo gives competitive players For Glory mode where stats are recorded and the focus is on competitive play. Players who prefer a more relaxed game are given For Fun, where custom moves are allowed and no stats are recorded. Story mode, however, is notably absent. Considering that The Subspace Emissary mode in “Super Smash Bros Brawl” was not especially popular, it’s understandable.
In fact, comparing “Brawl” and “Smash 3DS”is a great way to show what direction the series has gone. Cutscenes and cinematics are conspicuously absent from “Smash 3DS”; even the opening movie, which has been ubiquitous in previous games, is nowhere to be found. In general “Smash 3DS” is more focused on the gameplay of “Smash” than a cinematic experience.
Many have been greatly looking forward to “Smash 3DS” and with good reason. It delivers on the quality Nintendo is known for in this franchise, and will provide a great time for newcomers and veterans alike. “Super Smash Bros” is available at game retailers everywhere and the Nintendo eShop.