Super Smash Bros. is a Terrific Triumph

The next installment of one of Nintendo’s flagship game series.

Nick Freberg, Staff Writer

For over 30 years, Nintendo has provided gamers worldwide with a number of enjoyable video game masterpieces. The games they made previously, especially those created in the 80s, introduced gamers to now famous characters such as the legendary Mario Brothers, Yoshi, Pikachu, Kirby and many others.

In 1999, Nintendo decided to put all of their all-star characters into one big fighting game. This was the dawn of the Super Smash Bros. game series. The director of Smash Bros. games since the first game to the most recent installment of the game is Masahiro Sakurai, who is also known for being the director of the Kirby games and the Kid Icarus series.

In 2001, the next game in the series was released, with Super Smash Bro. This game added improved graphics along with an expanded roster of characters. In 2008, the third member of the Smash Bros family, Super Smash Bros. Brawl was released. With this entry, Brawl added an element that its predecessors did not have with a storyline involving each of the 35 characters in the game. Among these characters, two of them were from third-party companies: Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog and Konami’s Solid Snake.

In early October of 2014, the series continued on in the form of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. After a thorough playthrough, the game has some great features, but a few aspects are lacking. One thing that is interesting is that this is the first member of the series to exist on a portable system in addition to a home console such as the Wii U (the Wii U version of the game was released in November). If you have the 3DS version of the game, you can also connect your system to the Wii U version and use it as a controller. The game’s roster is also expanded with a total of 49 different playable fighters, but it plays just like predecessors, something people who loved the older titles will appreciate.

It’s absolutely flawless, but there are some features that fans of the game wouldn’t have left out. For instance, unlike in Brawl, The 3DS Smash Bros. does not have any sort of story or plot. Instead, Nintendo compensates gamers by giving them a new mode called “Smash Run.” In this mode, the player chooses a character, then explores a large map to defeat enemies from some of the franchises featured in the game to receive power-ups. After the timer in the game expires, the player takes on a combination of computer players or friends, who also have accumulated a number of power-ups. The game includes three different kinds of battling with options for fighting on teams, with limited lives, or on a timer. Past Smash Bros. games featured other modes that let you collect coins by hitting your opponent and customizable battles. There was also a mode for tournaments. So, if more than four people were present for say a party, or a family get together, they all would have a chance to get in on the action. Naturally, this feature had to be removed for the 3DS where you can only have one player at a time playing.

Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS is an overall enjoyable experience for gamers. Even with some features from other games taken away, the game is still highly playable and fun, although those that seek games with an actual plot should look elsewhere. Out of all the 3DS games that are out on the market, this game is one of the best as it keeps gamers coming back for more action and to hone their skills. There was a lot of hype building up to this game’s release and it most certainly delivers a spectacular game.