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Super Smash Bros. Review

Super Smash Bros. isn’t just a cool game. Most of the fighting games in this lengthy series have been fun, but there’s so much to this particular entry — it’s almost incredible.

Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Brother 3DS Cover
Gameplay: 9.5
Graphics: 9.0
Sound: 9.5
Replay: 10
Overall: 9.5Pros: So many characters; interactive stages; endless replay value.Cons: Online glitches; interface is confusing; small screen

Familiar Faces

The characters, 40 from Nintendo’s vast archive of imaginative Super Smash Brothers 3DS Screenshotheroes, are rich with powers. But they’re not limited to the Nintendo universe. There’s Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac-Man and the dragon-like Charizard from the Pokemon series.

But what if you could get those characters to use some of Mario’s powers? You can in this game. Super Smash Bros. is about crazy character customization, too. They’ve thought of almost everything. You can even use your own Mii to battle against big baddies like Bowser.

As you play, you unlock numerous characters, challenges and stages. The variety just keeps on coming. Whoa! Here comes Capcom’s MegaMan and Sega’s Sonic. Can you beat them? Sure, you can. Just keep trying. Not having any luck? You can tweak the rules, too.

Gameplay Simplicity

First and foremost, yes, this is a fighting game. But it’s always humorous and exciting, never bloody or mean.

And the controls are easy to remember. They’re the A and B buttons. The left thumb stick is for jumping. Combinations of the stick and the buttons execute wild super attacks and special moves. The detailed, colorful poster/booklet included in the game box shows every character’s attacks. For instance, Diddy Kong shoots peanuts and throws banana peels. It’s hilarious!

After each enemy goes down, you pick up power ups that they’ve left, everything from shields to higher jumps to enhancements of your own special moves. The power ups build up so at the end of those frantic 300 seconds, you’re mighty when you battle it out with three others for ultimate victory.

Lasting Appeal

Because of the superhero-like powers of other characters, you’ll find Super Smash Bros. to be endlessly challenging. There’s such a variety of things to do, this wonderfully fast and furious game gives Mario Kart a run for its money. Smash Mode has you passing through various interactive stages that recall Nintendo games of the past. You fight a super-smash-screen-2plethora of enemies for five minutes.

For strategy, start by learning a few moves. If you pull them off correctly, you’ll win a fair amount. But if you go deeper and learn which characters’ moves have priority over which foes, you’ll probably win even more.

Super Smash Bros. is truly one of those games that’s so special, you won’t want to stop smashing. I played so long, my fingers would barely open and close. I kept saying, “Just one more game.” I’m so happy to say I haven’t had this much fun with a game in many months. Bravo, Nintendo.


58 Comments on Super Smash Bros. Review

  1. Who’s your main? Mine is Kirby, Villager, and Mr.Game and watch.:)

  2. I’m so happy they added in Robin as DLC. Yes, I have a Wii U and a 3DS at home!!!!!!!

  3. best game ever

  4. Super Smash Bros. // November 25, 2015 at 7:20 pm // Reply

    Spam flare blitz with Charizard!!!! (Left Joystick[turn left/right]+B)

  5. awesomeperson123 // November 13, 2015 at 11:04 am // Reply

    I have super smash bros. for the Wii U and it’s really fun

  6. best game ever who’s your main? Mine is mr game and watch

  7. I have all the guy for the Wii!!!!!

  8. Peanut Man // June 5, 2015 at 10:04 pm // Reply

    I have super smash bros brawl but brawl is for the wii.


  9. all the trailer make it look bad. but it is fun!!!!!!!

  10. mario fan // May 7, 2015 at 10:30 am // Reply

    Any tips on how to defeat Samus on level 9?

  11. mario fan // May 7, 2015 at 10:29 am // Reply

    Please somebody give me tips on how to defeat Master Hand on level hard.

  12. it should have tails and silver

  13. Capt.Mario111 // April 4, 2015 at 7:48 am // Reply


  14. Gumballmariorocket // March 22, 2015 at 3:10 pm // Reply

    I’m getting the demo with the download later option on my 3DS,even though I already have the earlier brawl edition.

  15. Gumballmariorocket // March 19, 2015 at 6:27 pm // Reply

    I think brawl is better.This one is a little hard to control.I think brawl should have won a boysie award.But there is no point now.It came out in 2008.It is 2015.SEE THE DIFFRENCE???!!!!!

  16. King Hyrule // March 1, 2015 at 1:49 pm // Reply

    NO STORY MODE?!?!?!?! 🙁

  17. That one guy // January 13, 2015 at 5:35 pm // Reply

    I have it and it is great!

  18. This review is kinda messed up. SMASH is where you battle other people. SMASH RUN is where you collect powerups.


    • Use your shield generously, along with rolls and up special if you character uses this move to attack.

  20. Rexington91 // January 2, 2015 at 6:53 pm // Reply

    Don’t have any of the platforms! 🙁

  21. I keep throwing TNT for days!!!!!

  22. I wish the game guru would post tips

  23. perritopup34 // December 5, 2014 at 8:27 am // Reply

    I want that!

  24. I have the 3DS version.

  25. Master Core’s forms are so hard! Any tips?

  26. NintendoStarWarsfan // December 3, 2014 at 11:43 pm // Reply

    I want this

  27. yay smash

  28. AHH!!!! I Cant wait for the wii u version to come out!!!!! I want 2 play as pac-man!!!

  29. awesome game I have all characters and stages.

  30. this looks awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Newcomer! Robin and Batman!

  32. I only have the demo. I didn’t like it. I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!

  33. Played the N64 game on my Wii and played the 3ds game, but I need to wait for the Wii U game. Yes, I have a 3ds and Wii U

  34. I love this game so much. SPOIIILERRR: Mewtwo is available if you get both games and wait until spring of 2015. MUST. BUY. 2/3DS. GRRRRRR…. Again, I love this game SO MUCH.

  35. My friend has this game and while I am disappointed that the Ice Climbers aren’t in it, I love playing as Mii and Mr. Game and Watch.

  36. 2 new charaters: Mega Man & Pac Man. That’s funny cause they both end with man.

  37. Mega Man 206 // October 22, 2014 at 6:23 am // Reply

    I got it and I already have all of the characters. My three favorite characters are Robin, Mega Man (who is kind of hard to control), and Bowser Jr.

  38. TanookiOcarina // October 21, 2014 at 3:10 pm // Reply

    My favorite 3DS game!

  39. SONICTheHedgehog // October 19, 2014 at 5:25 pm // Reply

    Played the N64 version. Can’t wait for the Wii U one.

  40. Fantastic game. I’ve heard complaints that the controls don’t work well, but I find them to be fine. The screen size hasn’t been an issue either. I fully recommend this game to anyone, as it has quickly become my favorite game on the 3DS.

  41. I wanna get it!!

  42. Just wanted to clear this up for those confused: The third paragraph in the Gameplay Simplicity column is about the mode Smash Run in the game, which is described in that paragraph.

  43. I love SSB4! Who else? 😀

  44. Needs to be more like Melee, like all smash games.

    • yeah i know

    • Mega Man 206 // October 31, 2014 at 3:41 pm // Reply

      This game does have a lot of characters from Melee, but left some from Brawl out, like Lucas and Ice Climbers. They have kept Marth in for whatever reason ever since he got in Melee. The only person from Melee but not in SSB4 is Roy.

  45. MEEEEEEEEE ( on miiverse) // October 16, 2014 at 12:15 pm // Reply

    I can’t wait to get 3ds game on my birthday and wii u game for Christmas.. I hope

  46. Amazing

  47. lol boy’s life gave this a better review than absoutely ANY AND ALL of the major sites or magazines that review games… wow

  48. Great game got it a few days ago. but they should of kept sse

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