Super Smash Brothers 3DS
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Game Reviewed: Super Smash Brothers 3DS
Developer: Sora Ltd.
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
ESRB Rating: E10
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Since the original game on the N64, Super Smash Bros. has been a series dedicated to the celebration of Nintendo and all their beloved characters. It’s about seeing who would win in a fight between Mario and Link, or Pac-Man and Samus, or many other classic Nintendo characters. And it’s also become huge in the world of e-sports, as an accessible but surprisingly deep fighting game for competition.
This time around, Nintendo decided to take the series to their portable systems, releasing Super Smash Bros. on the 3DS before even announcing the release date for the WiiU version. This includes online play, with friends or with random people, as well as a variety of other new modes to give more depth and customization to the experience.
As with previous games in the series, Super Smash Bros. is a 2-dimensional fighting game where players choose from a large roster of Nintendo characters and battle it out with fists, swords, guns, and a variety of other items. Taking a hit increases a character’s damage, and the higher the damage, the farther they fly when hit hard; when knocked entirely out of the battlefield, they are down. The action is fast and furious, appearing as chaos but tightly controlled by the players.
As is Nintendo’s tendency for their own games, Super Smash Bros. is mild on the negative content, but it is a game entirely about fighting. So how appropriate is it for your kids?
What Parents Need to Know
This is the main (and probably only) area of concern for this game, but it is very mild. Attacks can make characters flinch, recoil, or even fly into the air, but there is no blood or any other kind of graphic response. When characters die, they are knocked off the stage (in any of the four cardinal directions), and there is an explosion of light from the place where they went off, signifying their knockout. All in all it’s about as violent as a battle from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Maybe even less so.
There is no offensive language in Super Smash Bros.
Zero Suit Samus wears a skintight jumpsuit. That’s about it.
Since some of these characters are from fantasy games, some of them use magic of one kind or another. All it really amounts to is some sparkles and explosions.
A Child’s Perspective: Kids love Smash Bros. It’s a great game they can play with others, and while it’s easy to get into, one can easily pour a lot of time and effort into understanding its intricacies and getting truly good at the game. It’s the kind of thing kids and adults can enjoy together, in every way.
The 3DS, being as small as it is, isn’t ideally set up for such a fast-paced action game, but the controls still work rather well on it. And being able to take Smash Bros. anywhere is just awesome. Overall, the game is an awesome entry in the franchise and just as fun as previous games, plus the added portability of this version.
And even better, unlike a lot of popular multiplayer games at the moment, it’s entirely appropriate for your kids. There’s really nothing here that could cause a major problem; the violence is mild and cartoonish, the worst sexual content is a single form-fitting outfit, and there’s nothing even slightly witchcraft-ish about any of the magic on display. It’s just an absurdly fun game to play, and if you have multiple 3DS systems in your household (as my wife and I do), you’ll enjoy playing it together.
It’s worth noting that the WiiU version will be out in November, and will feature multiplayer on the same console (something the 3DS is obviously incapable of providing), so if you want to play this game together as a family, you would be wise to wait for that.
All in all, between Destiny and Smash Bros., this is a good year for family-friendly multiplayer games.