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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
SmashNintendo3DSBoxart
North American boxart.
Developer(s) Bandai Namco
Sora Ltd.
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Masahiro Sakurai
Engine Havok
Released September 13, 2014 Flag of Japan
October 2, 2014 Flag of Germany
October 3, 2014 Flag of the United States Flag of Europe
October 4, 2014 Flag of Australia
July 24, 2015 Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Taiwan
September 10, 2015 Flag of South Korea
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer, Online multiplayer
Ratings ESRB: E10+[1]
PEGI: 12+ (provisional)
Media 3DS card
Digital download (9108 blocks Flag of the United States, 2.1GB Flag of Japan)[2]
Version 1.1.6

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ for Nintendo 3DS, Great Fray Smash Brothers for Nintendo 3DS) is one of two games in the Super Smash Bros. series released as part of the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U pair, and the handheld counterpart to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Although most gameplay elements are shared between the two versions, there are several elements which distinguish the two.

The game is playable on the Nintendo 3DS in full stereoscopic 3D. It is the first Smash title to be released on a handheld.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS was released on September 13, 2014 in Japan, and was released in most other parts of the world on October 3, 2014. The game was released in stores one day earlier in Germany on October 2, one day later in Australia on October 4, in Hong Kong and Taiwan on July 24, 2015, and in South Korea on September 10, 2015.

Content

Characters

The playable roster is the same between both versions of SSBWU/3DS.

Veterans
Mario SSB4
Mario
MarioSymbol
Luigi SSB4
Luigi
MarioSymbol
Peach SSB4
Peach
MarioSymbol
Bowser SSB4
Bowser
MarioSymbol
Dr. Mario SSB4
Dr. Mario
MarioSymbol
Yoshi SSB4
Yoshi
YoshiSymbol
Donkey Kong SSB4
Donkey Kong
DKSymbol
Diddy Kong SSB4
Diddy Kong
DKSymbol
Link SSB4
Link
ZeldaSymbol
Zelda SSB4
Zelda
ZeldaSymbol
Sheik SSB4
Sheik
ZeldaSymbol
Ganondorf SSB4
Ganondorf
ZeldaSymbol
Toon Link SSB4
Toon Link
ZeldaSymbol
Samus SSB4
Samus
MetroidSymbol
Zero Suit Samus SSB4
Zero Suit Samus
MetroidSymbol
Kirby SSB4
Kirby
KirbySymbol
Meta Knight SSB4
Meta Knight
KirbySymbol
King Dedede SSB4
King Dedede
KirbySymbol
Fox SSB4
Fox
StarFoxSymbol
Falco SSB4
Falco
StarFoxSymbol
Pikachu SSB4
Pikachu
PokemonSymbol
Jigglypuff SSB4
Jigglypuff
PokemonSymbol
Charizard SSB4
Charizard
PokemonSymbol
Lucario SSB4
Lucario
PokemonSymbol
Captain Falcon SSB4
Captain Falcon
FZeroSymbol
Ness SSB4
Ness
EarthboundSymbol
Marth SSB4
Marth
FireEmblemSymbol
Ike SSB4
Ike
FireEmblemSymbol
Mr. Game & Watch SSB4
Mr. Game & Watch
Game&WatchSymbol
Pit SSB4
Pit
KidIcarusSymbol
Wario SSB4
Wario
WarioSymbol
Olimar SSB4
Olimar
PikminSymbol
R.O.B. SSB4
R.O.B.
ROBSymbol
Sonic SSB4
Sonic
SonicSymbol
Newcomers
Rosalina & Luma SSB4
Rosalina & Luma
MarioSymbol
Bowser Jr. SSB4
Bowser Jr.
MarioSymbol
Greninja SSB4
Greninja
PokemonSymbol
Robin SSB4
Robin
FireEmblemSymbol
Lucina SSB4
Lucina
FireEmblemSymbol
Palutena SSB4
Palutena
KidIcarusSymbol
Dark Pit SSB4
Dark Pit
KidIcarusSymbol
Villager SSB4
Villager
AnimalCrossingSymbol
Wii Fit Trainer SSB4
Wii Fit Trainer
WiiFitSymbol
Little Mac SSB4
Little Mac
PunchOutSymbol
Shulk SSB4
Shulk
XenobladeSymbol
Duck Hunt SSB4
Duck Hunt
DuckHuntSymbol
Mega Man SSB4
Mega Man
MegaManSymbol
Pac-Man SSB4
Pac-Man
PacManSymbol
Mii Brawler SSB4
Mii Brawler
SmashBrosSymbol
Mii Swordfighter SSB4
Mii Swordfighter
SmashBrosSymbol
Mii Gunner SSB4
Mii Gunner
SmashBrosSymbol
Downloadable
Mewtwo SSB4
Mewtwo
PokemonSymbol
Lucas SSB4
Lucas
EarthboundSymbol
Roy SSB4
Roy
FireEmblemSymbol
Ryu SSB4
Ryu
StreetFighterSymbol
Cloud SSB4
Cloud
FinalFantasySymbol
Corrin SSB4
Corrin
FireEmblemSymbol
Bayonetta SSB4
Bayonetta
BayonettaSymbol

Bold denotes unlockable characters in both versions. Bolded italics denote characters that are unlockable in the 3DS version, but default in the Wii U version.

Palette Swap Characters
AlphSSB4
Alph
PikminSymbol
LarrySSB4
Larry Koopa
MarioSymbol
RoySSB4
Roy Koopa
MarioSymbol
WendySSB4
Wendy O. Koopa
MarioSymbol
IggySSB4
Iggy Koopa
MarioSymbol
MortonSSB4
Morton Koopa Jr.
MarioSymbol
LemmySSB4
Lemmy Koopa
MarioSymbol
LudwigSSB4
Ludwig von Koopa
MarioSymbol

Multi-player stages

The two versions of SSBWU/3DS have separate sets of available stages; only 12 stages appear in both the Wii U and 3DS versions. The 3DS version's stages are based more heavily on handheld games. The 3DS version features a total of 41 stages (34 excluding DLC), 7 of which have to be unlocked. The 3DS version features 29 new stages and 12 familiar ones. The following stages are available in the 3DS version:

New stages
3DS Battlefield
Battlefield
SmashBrosSymbol
SSB4 Final Destination
Final Destination
SmashBrosSymbol
New mushroom kingdom01
3D Land
MarioSymbol
SSB4 Golden Plains
Golden Plains
MarioSymbol
N3DS SuperSmashBros Stage05 Screen 01
Rainbow Road
MarioSymbol
SSB3DS Paper Mario
Paper Mario
MarioSymbol
N3DS SuperSmashBros Stage07 Screen 01
Gerudo Valley
ZeldaSymbol
Spirittrain3ds02
Spirit Train
ZeldaSymbol
SSB3DS Dream Land
Dream Land
KirbySymbol
SSB3DS Unova Pokemon League
Unova Pokémon League
PokemonSymbol
Prism Tower Default
Prism Tower
PokemonSymbol
Mute City
Mute City
FZeroSymbol
Magicant
Magicant
EarthboundSymbol
N3DS SuperSmashBros Stage02 Screen 01
Arena Ferox
FireEmblemSymbol
N3DS SuperSmashBros Stage06 Screen 01
Reset Bomb Forest
KidIcarusSymbol
N3DS SuperSmashBros Stage08 Screen 01
Tortimer Island
AnimalCrossingSymbol
SSB3DS Boxing Ring
Boxing Ring
PunchOutSymbol
SSB3DS Gaur Plain
Gaur Plain
XenobladeSymbol
BalloonFightStage(NoCharacters)
Balloon Fight
BalloonFightSymbol
Nintendogstage
Living Room
NintendogsSymbol
SSB3DS Find Mii
Find Mii
FindMiiSymbol
SSB3DS Tomodachi Life
Tomodachi Life
TomodachiSymbol
SSB3DS PictoChat 2
PictoChat 2
DSSymbol
SSB3DS Pac-Maze
Pac-Maze
PacManSymbol
SSB3DS Wily Castle
Wily Castle
MegaManSymbol
Returning stages
SSB3DS Mushroomy Kingdom
Mushroomy Kingdom
MarioSymbol
SSB3DS Yoshi's Island
Yoshi's Island
YoshiSymbol
N3DS SuperSmashBros Stage09 Screen 01
Jungle Japes
DKSymbol
SSB3DS Brinstar
Brinstar
MetroidSymbol
SSB3DS Corneria
Corneria
StarFoxSymbol
SSB3DS Flat Zone 2
Flat Zone 2
Game&WatchSymbol
SSB3DS WarioWare, Inc.
WarioWare, Inc.
WarioSymbol
SSB3DS Distant Planet
Distant Planet
PikminSymbol
SSB3DS Green Hill Zone
Green Hill Zone
SonicSymbol
Downloadable stages
SSB3DS Peach's Castle (64)
Peach's Castle (64)
MarioSymbol
SSB3DS Super Mario Maker
Super Mario Maker
MarioSymbol
SSB3DS Hyrule Castle (64)
Hyrule Castle (64)
ZeldaSymbol
SSB3DS Dream Land (64)
Dream Land (64)
KirbySymbol
Duck Hunt Stage SSB3DS
Duck Hunt
DuckHuntSymbol
SSB3DS Suzaku Castle
Suzaku Castle
StreetFighterSymbol
Midgar 3DS
Midgar
FinalFantasySymbol
SSB3DS Umbra Clock Tower
Umbra Clock Tower
BayonettaSymbol

Bold denotes unlockable stages.

Single-player modes

Game Modes

The main menu of the 3DS version.

Multi-player modes

Features of the 3DS version

  • Smash Run, a mode similar to City Trial from Kirby Air Ride, is exclusive to the 3DS version. Characters spend five minutes fighting enemies from various game series and collecting powerups, which are then active during a battle at the end.
  • Optional dark outlines around playable characters are present in the 3DS version in order to make characters stand out more on the small screen. The outlines can be set to thick or thin, or turned off completely.
  • The 3DS version features different collectible trophies than the Wii U version, with a greater focus on elements from handheld games.
  • The 3DS version has only two musical tracks per stage, similar to the alternate music in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
  • In the 3DS version, players can tap on a character's icon on the bottom screen to place a marker on that character on the top screen in order to more easily follow their movements.
  • The 3DS version features StreetPass functionality as part of the StreetSmash mode.
  • The 3DS version has a new sound test feature that lets players listen to music in the game while the 3DS is in Sleep Mode.

Demo

The demo is restricted to Vs. Mode only and allows only Mario, Link, Pikachu, Villager and Mega Man as playable characters, with Battlefield (normal form and Ω form) as the only available stage. Rules cannot be adjusted from two minute time matches. Both fighting against AI and local multiplayer are possible. The only mode available outside of regular battles is the Tips section, which provides gameplay tips. These tips also appear on loading screens.

On September 9th 2014, the demo was made available on the Japanese Nintendo eShop. On September 12th, 2014, download codes for the demo were sent out to selected members of Club Nintendo Europe and Platinum members of the United States Club Nintendo; on September 12th, 2014, download codes were sent out to selected members of Club Nintendo Australia and New Zealand; recipients of the download codes received four each, to promote the games' four-player multiplayer feature. The demo was made available on the eShop without a code on September 19th, 2014, but unlike the download code demo, it has a limit of 30 plays.

Reception

Reviews of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS have been mostly positive, with Famitsu giving the game an almost perfect score of 37/40. This version of the game alone managed to sell over 1 million copies during the first weekend after its launch in Japan. As of October 7th, 2014, the game has sold 2.8 million copies worldwide. As of December 2015, the game has sold 6.78 million physical units worldwide[3], making it the better-selling of the two versions of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

Despite this, the game has minimal tournament representation, as Super Smash Bros. for Wii U shares its gameplay and mechanics but is largely seen as the more accessible version for tournament play due to its multiple control schemes and more clearly visible graphics. In addition, the handheld nature of the 3DS version greatly increases the possibility of lag in local wireless play, since no two players can play on the same system, unlike the Wii U version. Nonetheless, the 3DS version remains popular for online play, for which it suffers from fewer drawbacks compared to the Wii U version than for local multiplayer.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has the most series represented by stages but with no characters, at five.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is the first game in the series to lack:
    • any appearance of Ridley.
    • a new stage named "Yoshi's Island".
    • an opening movie.
  • Because of the amount of RAM that Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS uses, it cannot run alongside other programs on the 3DS that use the internet. However, this does not occur on the 3DS' successor, the New Nintendo 3DS, due to the latter system having larger RAM.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS marks the handheld game debut for Wii Fit Trainer, Little Mac, and Shulk.
  • In a similar vein to Brawl's introduction, when starting up Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, the roster of characters is shown; this roster increases depending on how many characters are unlocked. Downloadable characters also appear at the very end if they have been downloaded.
  • Each character actually has two models: a detailed one for trophies, the results screen and when the game is paused, and a model with lower polygon count for when the game is in motion. This is more noticeable in Training Mode when the player zooms in on the character and sets the speed to half or quarter speed when L is held.

References

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