Looking at a Super Smash Bros. character-select screen is like staring into a family tree of gaming’s most prestigious video game lineage. Featuring a roster of dozens of video games’ greatest heroes and villains, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS ups the game with more playable characters than ever before. Familiar favorites like Mario, Link, Samus and Pikachu make a return, but are now joined by newcomers such as the Villager from Animal Crossing, Little Mac from the Punch-Out!! series and Wii Fit Trainer. With such a wide range of characters covering generations of systems and franchises, a previously unheard-of battle between iconic characters like Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man and PAC-MAN can actually happen.
“The wait is over,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “With Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, the renowned franchise has found a portable home, offering an exclusive experience that lets players take the fight with them wherever they go.”
Even though Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is a hand-held game, there’s nothing small about it. The game features an astonishing amount of modes, ranging from multiplayer battles that can be played locally or online for players with a wireless broadband Internet connection, to a wide-reaching variety of single-player experiences. Some of the modes in the game include:
- Smash: This classic mode lets one to four players battle it out as they try their best to launch opponents off the screen in a wide variety of stages from iconic video game worlds. Players can adjust the rules for each battle to their liking, such as setting a time limit or limiting the available items. Multiplayer modes require multiple games and systems, which are sold separately.
- Smash Run: A new mode exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, Smash Run gives up to four players five minutes to fight solo through a huge battlefield while taking down recognizable enemies from almost every major Nintendo franchise, as well as select third-party games. Defeated enemies leave behind power-ups to collect, which can be used in a final, no-holds-barred battle between players once the five-minute time limit is up.
- Challenge: By completing a series of set challenges on a grid, players can unlock new stages, items and trophies.
- Classic: This single-player mode finds players battling characters from various series along a branching map. Virtual gold collected in the game can be spent to increase the challenge level, raising intensity and rewarding victorious players with better in-game prizes.
- All-Star: Players battle classic video game characters in chronological order based on the year they were introduced to the world in this smashing trip down memory lane.
- Stadium: Composed of the Target Blast, Multi-Man Smash and Home-Run Contest mini-games, this collection of single-player games tests how well players know each character to achieve specific game-play goals.
- Training: Want to test out a character’s moves away from the hectic battlefield? Training mode is the perfect place to hone a character’s skills and master special moves.
For the first time in the Super Smash Bros. series, players can customize their fighters’ special moves, while also using collected badges to adjust stats like strength, defense, agility and speed. The game’s deep customization also includes creating personalized Mii characters to use in battle. These Mii characters come in three different types: Brawler, Swordfighter and Gunner, each possessing his or her own move sets and abilities. Players who amass a powerful collection of customized fighters can even transfer their customized characters to use in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U when the game launches this holiday season.
Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS can be purchased in stores or the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Oct. 3 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. Players who want to practice their skills before purchasing the game can try out a free demo for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, which is now available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. A Nintendo Network ID is required to download the demo.
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