Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is a Smashing Good Time

Super Smash Bros. 3DS


Nintendo recently declared that Super Smash Bros. for 3DS has sold more than 2.8 million copies worldwide since it was released last Friday. Not a bad figure for the first handheld iteration of the beloved brawler. Additionally, Nintendo announced that the game’s Wii U counterpart will smash its way onto TV screens November 21. If you’re somehow on the fence about getting the game (why do you even own a 3DS, bud?), here are five reasons to persuade you.

It’s got a wide-ranging roster of fighters


The moment you arrive at the character selection screen, you might be overwhelmed by having 36 combatants to choose from (and another dozen to unlock). Just pick your fighter and go with it—they’re all worthwhile. Familiar Nintendo mascots Mario, Link, and Samus are present, along with a slew of fresher faces like Robin from Fire Emblem, Little Mac from Punch-Out!!, Villager from Animal Crossing, Pac-Man from, um, Pac-Man, even Wii Fit trainers and Miis. These guys also have myriad wardrobes to customize.

The screen’s smaller, but the levels aren’t


Like past Smash Bros. titles, each stage is rife with big, shiny secrets and deadly hazards. Although you’re playing on a tinier screen, the levels haven’t lost their sense of scope and interactivity. Fans of Nintendo’s many beloved properties will be pleased by their attention to detail. Especially fun are the retro-inspired stages like Balloon Fight, Mother, and a Kirby level seen through the Game Boy’s monochromatic screen. And for all you Sega fanboys, there’s even a Sonic stage.

There’s lots of ways to play


There are many ways to enjoy Super Smash Bros. on your 3DS. SMASH is your main way to play, in which you fight your way through a series of bouts, then take down the final boss. Brawling online is straightforward and smooth. Players can go head-to-head “For Fun” or “For Glory,” two distinct modes that either endorse or eliminate items and dangers. There are also tonnes of bonus games and other deviations, like the Stadium’s Multi-Man Smash, Home-Run contest, and Target Smash. Smash Run is a neat solo way to play. Players are given five minutes to progress through a maze, defeating enemies for items that can boost character stats.

Prizes, prizes, prizes


The level of difficulty depends on how many coins you bet before a fight. The more coins wagered, the harder the battle, but the better the coinage you reap. Then you can trade these coins for collectable trophies of Nintendo’s innumerous characters and doodads. Perhaps the best way to spend your hard-earned coins is to Trophy Rush, where coins give you more time to play to unlock secrets, which are bountiful.

The soundtrack’s killer


Not only does the game feature a massive amount of remixed tunes from every stage’s respective franchise, there’s also a library folder where you can rock out even when you’re not scrapping for coins. Whether your jam is Zelda, Star Fox, Mega Man, or mayyybe even Nintendogs, you can customize the game to play your top tracks as frequently (or infrequently) as you want to hear them during battle.

And there you have it, five (out of infinity) reasons Super Smash Bros. is worth picking up on the 3DS—even if you plan to also get it on Wii U in just a few weeks. Smash on, bros!

Now that that’s solved, let’s all watch this glorious commercial for the N64 version:

Okay, fine, here are the 3DS commercials: