I’m fairly certain that anyone who hasn’t been living under rock for the the last couple of years can make an educated guess as to what my 3DS Game of the Month for October is. Let’s just get on with this, shall we?
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is October’s Game of the Month, surprising nobody. Now this is the part where I go on to gush about how awesome the game is.
First up, the diverse roster. Featuring Nintendo stars past and present as well as a few special guests, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is a who’s who of the Nintendo world. Sonic returns, bringing two new third party characters along with him: Mega Man and Pac-Man. I’m firmly of the opinion that those two fit in much better than Snake ever could.
There are plenty of stages. The 3DS version of the has stages generally based on handheld games, though there are a few shared with the Wii U version.
Since this is a game about all of Nintendo’s franchises coming together, it includes an awesome soundtrack as well. Nintendo’s songs are as great as ever, and the stuff for the third-party characters is up to par as well. Even better, you can listen to the tunes while the 3DS is in sleep mode, as long as you have a pair of headphones.
Arguably, the main draw of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is the Smash Run mode. This is unique to the 3DS version of the game. You pick a character, then you and three other players are stuck in a maze with enemies from all the different franchises represented in the games. You defeat those enemies and earn items that boost your stats. After five minutes, you enter a final battle. This could be a race, climbing as high as you can or just a straight up fight. That mode is certainly fun, and addictive.
In both version, you are able to customise characters to your liking. Mii Fighters offer deeper customisation, but I’ll go more into them in a moment. For everyone else, though, you are able to give them items that affect their attack, defence and speed. You are also able to change their special attacks, generally altering the properties.
As for the Mii Fighters, there are three variants: Brawler, Gunner and Swordfighter. They are subject to the same customisation, but you can also equip them with unlockable headgear and outfits. If you’ve ever wanted to be in Super Smash Bros., the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game give you that opportunity.
There is a lot packed into that tiny cartridge, including Classic and All-Star Modes, as well as Trophies. New Stadium mode Target Blast combines the classic Home-Run Contest with Target Smash. The Home-Run Contest still features as well.
Anyway, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is another great entry in the series. I’m looking forward to collecting all the trophies, particularly as there are a lot of funny descriptions in there.
Also, looking forward to the Wii U version of this game. Rumours say it will be released in November; I reckon a Nintendo Direct will have that news for us sometime soon.