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Preview: Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

The Super Smash Bros franchise is a legendary franchise. Since the very first game on Nintendo 64, it brings everything you know and love about Nintendo in one special place. Only one Smash game releases on every console, but this year we’ll be able to play the game on two different consoles. Today we tell you more about the fantastic 3DS version.

Although we just played the demo of this anticipated 3DS game, we can already say for sure that this first portable Smash experience won’t disappoint. The demo offers 5 different playable characters and one arena to go all out. It isn’t much but it’s enough to give you a taste of what’s coming next.

The playable characters in the demo are veteran fighters Mario, Link and Pikachu, joined by two new fighters Mega Man and the Villager of Animal Crossing. Each character has some alternative costumes to give them another look during the battles. The way they look won’t have an impact on how the game plays but it’s fun to have some variation on the battle scene thanks to those alternative costumes.

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The only playable stage in the demo is called Battlefield and offers a rather straightforward arena. The Battlefield stage isn’t spectacular or special at all but it’s the perfect stage to train you Smash skills. Since this is the first portable Smash game, you’ll really need to train your skills. No longer will you be able to play Smash with your beloved GameCube or Wii controller, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is controlled with the circle pad and action buttons. This means you’ll really have to adapt on the new controls in order to end first in a battle. At first, the controls felt like a step in the wrong direction but after spending some time with it, I can truly say that the controls work just fine. Within no time you’ll be able to jump, defend, attack and dodge like you always did in Smash games.

Just like in previous Smash games, every character has its own unique attacks. It must be said, the developers really went all out to deliver the true experience in the palm of your hands. The animations of the characters and the attacks all look incredibly good. Smash Bros. is by far one of the best-looking games for the system and this also benefits the gameplay. Since everything is so good looking, you’ll have no problem in controlling the fast paced combat on your screen. All attacks happen without the slightest hesitation even while there’s an item exploding in the background.

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All five playable characters have their own look and feel thanks to the graphics. Finding out with characters is best for you, will demand time. Personally I liked playing as Link since I’m used to the character thanks to older Smash games but both the Villager and Mega Man proved worthy additions to the impressive roster of enemies. No matter whom you’ll choose to fight with, they’ll all have their variation of the normal and special attacks. Each playable character felt like a complete new one and that’s truly why this game is so much fun to play.

Aside of the characters, the battlefield is also filled with tons of items that you can use. During the demo we came across regular items such as the crates and bombs but also discovered some new ones such as the Cuccos of the Legend of Zelda. Some items are very powerful while others give you an extra boost. Just like in previous Smash games, you can also collect certain pieces to activate a very powerful item to take down your enemies.

Beside the regular items, the game is also filed with Pokéballs and Assist Trophies. It’s always a surprise, which Pokémon or Nintendo character will help you and that’s why you’ll automatically want to activate the Pokéball or Assist Trophy once they’re on stage. There’s truly a great amount of Pokémon and Assist Trophies to discover while fighting your opponents.

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The Pokéballs and Assist Trophies are must-have items but nothing compares to the power of the Smash Ball. When this ball appears on stage, the battle to activate it can start. By hitting the ball several times, you’ll have the power to activate your powerful Final Smash attack. Each character has its own Smash Attack but they all have one thing in common… When it hits, you’ll probably loose a life.

Those items and Smash Balls are great but can be a bit too chaotic for some. If so, you’ll be able to play the game on ‘normal’ settings. When you turn the settings on normal, there won’t be items falling down from the sky. On normal settings, it’s only the skill of your fighter that will determine the victory. This is the perfect mode if you want to compare your fighting skills with your friends.

Conclusion:

All I can conclude at this point is that the demo shows us why this is the most anticipated 3DS game out there. It looks good and plays like a true Super Smash Bros. game in the palm of your hands. It has an impressive roster of fighters and enough stages and items to keep you going for a long time to come. If you’re a fan or just have a lot of love for Nintendo, than this is the game you need to own and play this year.

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Got interested in games since I could read. Started with Nintendo but evolved into an all-round gamer. I love all kind of games; triple A games to Indie. If the vibe is right, I'll enjoy playing it.