This is not a drill; I repeat: this is not a drill.
Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS is available for purchase. The Wii U version comes out late in December, but the 3DS version is NOW AVAILABLE.
Why should you get this game? Well, for starters, it’s a Super Smash Bros. game. This series was a prelude for a new style of game: mash-ups! In Super Smash Bros., Mario can punch Pikachu in the face, and Princess Peach can get walloped by a FALCON PUNCH. All kinds of Nintendo stars get airtime in Super Smash. The newly released Super Smash is the fourth installment of the franchise (and what a great franchise it is). So far, each installment has been on my Must-Have List for each game’s respective console, and the same goes for the 3DS version. If you own a 3DS without owning a copy of Super Smash Bros., you’re doing it wrong. And I know — I almost did it wrong myself. I hesitated. But WHY? Every sign pointed in the right direction: It’s a successful and well-known series. Most of all? It’s a FUN series. Not a single Super Smash Bros. has yet disappointed. Whether you are playing at a party or you’re playing Very Hard Classic mode, the game is sheer, unadulterated fun.
The fun is largely due to the characters, to be honest. There are some well-known faces that pop up in every new installment of the Super Smash Bros. series (Mario, Kirby, Link, etc.) but in this new game, there are characters that you wouldn’t have dreamed of. Bowser Jr. is a playable character. There are some AWESOME Fire Emblem characters. Mega Man is even a playable character. The dog from Duck Hunt is there, too, for crying out loud. If the character starred in a Nintendo game, chances are, that character is playable in Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS.
The game is filled to the brim with content. Classic and All-Star mode are back and better than ever. In Classic mode, your chosen character fights through an onslaught of enemies until you reach the final boss, the devious Master Hand. The point of Classic mode isn’t just to beat it; you’re supposed to beat it with every character, which is where it can get tricky. And All-Star mode? The 3DS version presents it in a new and exciting way. Rather than fighting through a handful enemies at a time, you have to battle in different eras of video gaming. The first stage of All-Star mode is a time frame: 1980-1984. In this time frame, you’ll fight all of the characters who belong in those years. So for 1980-1984, you’ll have to battle against characters like Mario, Little Mac, Pac-Man, and so on. The real difficulty of All-Star mode is the fact that you keep all of your accumulated damage. So if you take 56% from the a battle, you will start the next battle at 56%. Yeah. It’s quite the test of skill and wit.
But if Classic and All-Star get too hard, then you can always play the stadium games. There are plenty that will take up your remaining free time. You’ve got the Home-Run contest, Multi-Man battles, Trophy Smash, and so much more. The game has so many sub-games to play; you’ll never run out of things to do.
If that wasn’t enough, they took a page out of the Kirby Air Ride book (if you don’t know what I mean, that’s okay – the new Super Smash has checklists). So while you’re beating on your friends, you can try to complete tasks on the checklists. These tasks range anywhere from ‘Use Kirby’s Final Smash’ to ‘Whoop butt at the Home-Run contest.’ As you can see, not all of the tasks involve Classic mode or All-Star mode. The game is designed for the player to fully play the game. The folks at Nintendo want you to experience all that the game has to offer. And let me tell you, it offers a lot.
I have no idea why I didn’t buy this game the second it hit the shelves, but I’ve atoned for my mistakes. The game is incredible, and it’s an instant must-have for any 3DS owner. The new characters are sweet, the controls are fluid, and the game is fun. And shouldn’t all games be fun?