Genre: Fighting Game
Release Date: October 3rd, 2014
Developer : Developed by Sora Ltd., Bandai Namco Games
Platform : Nintendo 3DS
Reviewer: Matthew Gerard
SSB 3DS is better than Brawl in the most important categories of a fighting game: selection of characters, balancing, how the game feels and online multiplayer. The cast of characters to play as is massive. The biggest the series has seen so far. It brings in some really great newcomers like Greninja, Shulk, Villager, Little Mac and Duck Hunt Dog. All of the veterans feel better than their Brawl counterparts. Everything is faster and there is no tripping.
One of the main features exclusive to the 3DS version is "Smash Run." Basically you have 5 minutes to roam around a map fighting enemies, finding secret doors and increasing your characters stats. After the 5 minutes are up all 4 players in Smash Run are put against each other in a random battle or challenge. The problem with the challenge at the end is you do not know what is coming when the game starts. On more than 1 occasion I built up my attack stats only to be stuck in a race at the end. The problem with Smash Run is since nothing carries over except for a few collectables you never feel like you are making progress. Smash Run is also local multiplayer only. On the Smash Run map there is only 1 player on their own individual map, this is a missed opportunity for some Mario Kart-like antics of messing with opposing players. Smash Run is a good idea on paper but they really dropped the ball with the execution.
The multiplayer is easily the most improved part of SSB3DS. The online actually works and there is a "For Glory" mode that allows you to play on any stage as if it was Final Destination for competitive battles. There is also a "For Fun" mode where stage hazards and items are in full swing. The game does save your win and loss stats but there is no real "Ranked" mode like Street Fighter. The online connection speeds are based off peer-to-peer so if both players have great internet there is absolutely no lag. If one person has a subpar internet connection the matches look like slide shows. Post on an online forum (or the comments below) and gather up some friend codes.