Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
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. 4 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.
The playable roster is the same between both versions of SSB4.
The two versions of SSB4 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 42 stages (34 excluding DLC), 7 of which have to be unlocked. The 3DS version features 30 new stages and 12 familiar ones. The following stages are available in the 3DS version:
Bold denotes unlockable stages.
Features of the 3DS version
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.
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, making it the better-selling of the two versions of Super Smash Bros. 4.
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.
However, many people were also upset that Ice Climbers were left out of SSB4, and the reasoning was because the 3DS wasn't capable of handling them. This along with several other factors that limited both versions caused a backlash against the 3DS version with many people wishing they only made a Wii U version so that Ice Climbers and other features would not have to be cut.