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Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

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Available on:Nintendo 3DSOct 3, 2014

Publisher: Nintendo

Genre: Fighting

Nintendo’s greatest heroes are in the palm of your hand Battle it out as Nintendo’s greatest heroes and villains—at home or anywhere on the Nintendo 3DS system! Smash rivals off the stage with epic moves, then beef up your fighters with customizations and equipment. Find fun extras faster by beating hordes of classic enemies in Smash Run and mastering mini-games. Now you’ll never have to stop smashing! The multiplayer experience* you know and love is now perfectly portable, so anywhere you go, you can build up your character for the upcoming Wii U version. Square off against newcomers like Mega Man and Little Mac, or join the battle yourself and create new fighters by playing as a Mii character! To shake it up, traverse a huge maze and defeat enemies for power-ups and customizations in Smash Run, then tweak the stats and moves of your fighters. After trumping your friends in local multiplayer, take the fight online* and challenge the world!

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Pocket fighter.

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8.8 / 10.0

Smash 3DS is impressive and, for the most part, feels right at home on 3DS. The multitude of ways to play and awesome customization gave me many reasons to keep fighting - and I've been at it for more than 45 hours already. It all produces a fun feedback loop of engaging in matches to unlock custom moves and trophies, then jumping into another match to try out the new stuff. Even the online modes feel carefully considered and focused on what the series does best, and what the 3DS can reasonably do. It's a little disappointing that the four-player antics that are the best part of the console games don't really work on a small screen, but there's still more than enough that does work to make Smash a great 3DS game.

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There are some inherent limitations with playing a four-player fighting game on a 3DS but this overcomes almost all of them, to become one of the portable's definitive multiplayer games.

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A highly polished iteration of Smash Bros. that plays great on its own. But if you're afflicted by latency problems in local multiplayer, you'll suddenly become painfully aware of the 3DS version's critical shortcomings.

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