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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

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

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 and 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.

Fighters[edit]

The playable roster is the same between both versions of SSB4.

Veterans (37)
Mario as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Mario
MarioSymbol.svg
source
Luigi
MarioSymbol.svg
Peach as she appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Peach
MarioSymbol.svg
Bowser as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Bowser
MarioSymbol.svg
Dr. Mario's artwork in Smash 4.
Dr. Mario
MarioSymbol.svg
Yoshi as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Yoshi
YoshiSymbol.svg
Donkey Kong as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Donkey Kong
Symbol of the DK series.
Diddy Kong as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Diddy Kong
Symbol of the DK series.
Link as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Link
ZeldaSymbol.svg
Zelda as she appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Zelda
ZeldaSymbol.svg
Sheik as she appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Sheik
ZeldaSymbol.svg
Ganondorf SSB4.png
Ganondorf
ZeldaSymbol.svg
Toon Link as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Toon Link
ZeldaSymbol.svg
Samus as she appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Samus
MetroidSymbol.svg
Zero Suit Samus as she appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Zero Suit Samus
MetroidSymbol.svg
Kirby as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Kirby
KirbySymbol.svg
Meta Knight as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Meta Knight
KirbySymbol.svg
King Dedede as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
King Dedede
KirbySymbol.svg
Fox as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Fox
StarFoxSymbol.svg
Falco as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Falco
StarFoxSymbol.svg
Pikachu as it appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Pikachu
PokemonSymbol.svg
Jigglypuff as she appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Jigglypuff
PokemonSymbol.svg
Mewtwo SSB4.png
Mewtwo (DLC)
PokemonSymbol.svg
Charizard as it appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
source
Charizard
PokemonSymbol.svg
Lucario as it appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Lucario
PokemonSymbol.svg
From the official website.
Captain Falcon
FZeroSymbol.svg
Ness as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Ness
EarthboundSymbol.svg
Official artwork of Lucas from SSB4, from the Nintendo UK press library.
Lucas (DLC)
EarthboundSymbol.svg
Marth as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Marth
FireEmblemSymbol.svg
Roy SSB4.png
Roy (DLC)
FireEmblemSymbol.svg
Ike SSB4.png
Ike
FireEmblemSymbol.svg
Mr. Game & Watch SSB4.png
Mr. Game & Watch
Game&WatchSymbol.svg
Pit as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Pit
KidIcarusSymbol.svg
Wario as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Wario
WarioSymbol.svg
Olimar as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Olimar
PikminSymbol.svg
North American ROB.png
R.O.B.
ROBSymbol.svg
Sonic as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Sonic
SonicSymbol.svg
Newcomers (21)
Rosalina as she appears in Super Smash Bros. 4, from the character page.
Rosalina & Luma
MarioSymbol.svg
Bowser Jr. as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Bowser Jr.
MarioSymbol.svg
Greninja as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Greninja
PokemonSymbol.svg
Male Robin as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Robin
FireEmblemSymbol.svg
Lucina as she appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Lucina
FireEmblemSymbol.svg
Corrin as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Corrin (DLC)
FireEmblemSymbol.svg
Palutena as she appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Palutena
KidIcarusSymbol.svg
Dark Pit as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Dark Pit
KidIcarusSymbol.svg
Villager as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Villager
Symbol of the Animal Crossing series.
Little Mac as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Little Mac
PunchOutSymbol.svg
Wii Fit Trainer as she appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Wii Fit Trainer
WiiFitSymbol.svg
Shulk as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Shulk
XenobladeSymbol.svg
Duck Hunt as they appear in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Duck Hunt
DuckHuntSymbol.svg
Mega Man as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Mega Man
MegaManSymbol.svg
Pac-Man as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Pac-Man
PacManSymbol.svg
Ryu SSB4.png
Ryu (DLC)
StreetFighterSymbol.svg
Cloud as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Cloud (DLC)
FinalFantasySymbol.svg
Bayonetta as she appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Bayonetta (DLC)
BayonettaSymbol.svg
Source: Spriters Resource. Mii Brawler it appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Mii Brawler
Symbol of the Smash Bros. series.
Source: Spriters Resource. Mii Swordfighter it appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Mii Swordfighter
Symbol of the Smash Bros. series.
Source: Spriters Resource. Mii Gunner it appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Mii Gunner
Symbol of the Smash Bros. series.

Bold denotes unlockable characters in both versions.
Bolded italics denote unlockable characters in the 3DS version only.

Multiplayer stages[edit]

The two versions of SSB4 have separate sets of available stages; only 13 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:

New Stages (30)
Battlefield3ds.png
Battlefield
Symbol of the Smash Bros. series.
Final Destination
Final Destination
Symbol of the Smash Bros. series.
SSB4 3D Land.png
3D Land
MarioSymbol.svg
SSB4 Golden Plains.JPG
Golden Plains
MarioSymbol.svg
SSB4 Rainbow Road.jpg
Rainbow Road
MarioSymbol.svg
SSB4 Paper Mario.JPG
Paper Mario
MarioSymbol.svg
Super Mario Maker 3DS.jpg
Super Mario Maker (DLC)
MarioSymbol.svg
Gerudovalley3ds.png
Gerudo Valley
ZeldaSymbol.svg
SSB4 Spirit Train.JPG
Spirit Train
ZeldaSymbol.svg
SSB4 Dream Land.jpg
Dream Land
KirbySymbol.svg
SSB4 Unova Pokemon League.jpg
Unova Pokémon League
PokemonSymbol.svg
SSB4 Prism Tower.jpg
Prism Tower
PokemonSymbol.svg
SSB4 Mute City.JPG
Mute City
FZeroSymbol.svg
SSB4 Magicant.jpg
Magicant
EarthboundSymbol.svg
Arena Ferox press image 2.jpg
Arena Ferox
FireEmblemSymbol.svg
Reset Bomb Forest press image.jpg
Reset Bomb Forest
KidIcarusSymbol.svg
SSB4 Tortimer Island.jpg
Tortimer Island
Symbol of the Animal Crossing series.
SSB4 Boxing Ring.JPG
Boxing Ring
PunchOutSymbol.svg
Gaur Plain 3DS.jpg
Gaur Plain
XenobladeSymbol.svg
Duck Hunt Smash 3DS.jpg
Duck Hunt (1.1.1)
DuckHuntSymbol.svg
SSB4 Wily Castle.jpg
Wily Castle
MegaManSymbol.svg
SSB4 Pac-Maze.jpg
Pac-Maze
PacManSymbol.svg
SSB43DS SuzakuCastle.png
Suzaku Castle (DLC)
StreetFighterSymbol.svg
Midgar 3DS.jpg
Midgar (DLC)
FinalFantasySymbol.svg
SSB4-3DS - Umbra Clock Tower.png
Umbra Clock Tower (DLC)
BayonettaSymbol.svg
Balloonfight.png
Balloon Fight
Symbol of the Balloon Fight series.
Nintendogstage.png
Living Room
NintendogsSymbol.svg
SSB4 Find Mii.JPG
Find Mii
FindMiiSymbol.svg
SSB4 Tomodachi Life.jpg
Tomodachi Life
TomodachiSymbol.svg
SSB4 PictoChat 2.jpg
PictoChat 2
DSSymbol.svg
Familiar Stages (12)
SSB3DSPeach'sCastle.jpg
Super Smash Bros. Peach's Castle (64) (DLC)
MarioSymbol.svg
SSB4 Mushroomy Kingdom.jpg
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Mushroomy Kingdom
MarioSymbol.svg
SSB4 Yoshi's Island.jpg
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Yoshi's Island
YoshiSymbol.svg
JungleJapes-3DS-1.png
Super Smash Bros. Melee Jungle Japes
Symbol of the DK series.
SSB3DSHyruleCastle.jpg
Super Smash Bros. Hyrule Castle (64) (DLC)
ZeldaSymbol.svg
SSB4 Brinstar.JPG
Super Smash Bros. Melee Brinstar
MetroidSymbol.svg
SSB4-3DS DreamLand64.png
Super Smash Bros. Dream Land (64) (DLC)
KirbySymbol.svg
SSB4 Corneria.JPG
Super Smash Bros. Melee Corneria
StarFoxSymbol.svg
SSB4 Flat Zone 2.jpg
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Flat Zone 2
Game&WatchSymbol.svg
SSB4 WarioWare, Inc.jpg
Super Smash Bros. Brawl WarioWare, Inc.
WarioSymbol.svg
SSB4 Distant Planet.jpg
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Distant Planet
PikminSymbol.svg
SSB4 Green Hill Zone.JPG
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Green Hill Zone
SonicSymbol.svg

Bold denotes unlockable stages.

Single-player modes[edit]

The main menu of the 3DS version.

Multiplayer modes[edit]

Features of the 3DS version[edit]

  • 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. It follows characters even when they're invisible, with the exception of Greninja's Shadow Sneak and Substitute.
  • 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[edit]

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[edit]

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. 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.

Staff[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has the second most series represented by stages but with no characters, at five, with Ultimate having the most, with nine series.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is the first game in the series to lack an appearance of Ridley, and a new stage from the Donkey Kong, Metroid, Yoshi, and Star Fox universes.
    • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is the first and currently only game to not have an opening movie when booting up the game.
  • 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' enhanced model, the New Nintendo 3DS, due to the latter system having larger RAM.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is the only appearance on the 3DS for Lucas, Duck Hunt, Wii Fit Trainer, and Bayonetta.
  • In a similar vein to Brawl's introduction, when starting up Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, the roster of characters is shown, appending any unlocked or downloaded characters to the lineup as well.
  • 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.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is the only game in the series to not support the GameCube controller in any official way.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is the first (and currently only) game in the series to have a downloadable demo prior to release.
  • Rainbow Road and Pac-Maze are the only two new stages from this game, excluding Battlefield and Final Destination, to not be featured in Ultimate.

See also[edit]

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