I was one of the lucky ones to receive an email from Nintendo with a few demo codes of the upcoming game Super Smash Bros. 3DS. As soon as I saw that email hit my inbox, I immediately opened the eShop and began the download the demo. To my surprise, the demo file size is incredibly small (1,041 Blocks). Once it was downloaded and installed, I proceeded on with my mission to become the greatest Pokemon Master, errr Smash Champion.
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When you load up the demo you are greeted with some classic Smash music and a vibrant Start Menu. From the main menu you can see a few of the game modes that Super Smash Bros. 3DS will include:
Smash – This is classic Smash mode where you can play solo against the CPU or challenge nearby players.
Online – Connect to the internet and test your skills against your friends and the world!
Challenge – This seems to be the same mode that was introduced in Brawl. You basically complete challenges and win prizes.
Smash Run – Collect boosts in a vast labyrinth to prepare for an epic final battle! (3DS Exclusive Mode)
Games & More – This has solo and group games, Training, custom fighters, the Vault, and Options.
Street Pass – This allows you defeat rivals to win prizes.
Wii U – This option allows you to connect to Super Smash Bros. Wii U (Find more info on that here)
Of all these menu items, Smash and Games & More are the only selectable options. Smash brings you to a menu where you can play Solo or with a Group. Both of these options work with the demo, so feel free to play against your buddies if they have a copy of the demo also. The rules option, which allows you to change the settings and customize battle is not available in the demo.
The Vault shows us that Trophies, Album, Replays, Sounds, Records, and Tips will all be accessible through that menu. None of these options are currently available in the demo except for Tips, which gives you, well….Tips.
So, how does Super Smash Bros. play on the 3DS? Surprisingly well I have to say. I was a bit worried going into the demo, having played the Wii U version at E3. To be honest, I didn’t think a full Super Smash Bros. experience could be had on the 3DS. The demo allows you to use five characters; Mario, Link, Pikachu, Villager, and Mega Man. I tried out all five characters and from what I have played, every single one of them feels balanced. I was worried that Villager would be underpowered for some reason, but he kicks just as much butt as Link does. For this demo, Link and Villager were my go to characters and they will more than likely be my mains when the game releases on 3DS. Little Mac was my favorite character of E3 for the Wii U version. There is only one map that you can play during the demo (Battlefield). I was hoping that Nintendo would allow at least 3 maps to be playable during the demo, but my heart is content with Battlefield for now. The graphics on the 3DS version look exceptionally well and it is full of vibrant colors. Super Smash Bros. 3DS controls very well on the handheld, and if you have a 2DS, the controls feel phenomenal. Overall, I was quite impressed with demo and I am totally looking forward to the release.
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