Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Game review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Terrific handheld transition for classic fighting game.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 21 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Your goal is to knock an opponent off their platform using cartoon violence.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Even "good guy" characters -- or those with no inclination toward good or evil in other games -- are simply tools to beat down opponents. 

Ease of Play

Players familiar with the series will find the controls familiar, but newcomers may have a bit of trouble figuring out what to do -- and which buttons do what. But players can make some progress even just by mashing buttons relentlessly.


No blood, but the game is loaded with animated cartoon violence. Characters punch, kick, pounce, whirl, and beat on opponents, while defeated opponents fall from the screen.


Characters and backgrounds in the game are from other Nintendo (and non-Nintendo) franchises, which could raise user interest in those. Players also can "gamble" on matches they observe, betting gold coins earned in game, which can be used to purchase in-game trophies. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is part of a long-running fighting series. Characters who are generally portrayed as friendly/heroes -- such as Mario, Yoshi, and Pac-Man -- beat, stomp, and attack each other in an over-the-top, cartoonish free for all. While it sounds violent, there's no blood or gore; think of it as a video game take on "king of the hill." The game is most fun to play with people on your Friends list, though it's also possible to play against strangers from around the world (but there's no direct communication with strangers). Because Super Smash Bros. features lots of characters from different games, kids might ask to buy the titles featuring their new favorite character.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byandrew. May 4, 2015
Adult Written byInfamous Jew February 26, 2019

Best game ever

this game is extremely fun for people who love Nintendo games and fighting portable games. Best game ever!
Kid, 12 years old June 26, 2015

Very fun, addictive

This game is very fun to play. It does contain violence, as the main aim of the game is to fight, but not as much violence as some other games rated 12+.
Teen, 15 years old Written byZerosense July 8, 2015

age 11?

One thing is theres no blood just punching and kicking and it has fun characters .Most kids would fine playing this.

What's it about?

In SUPER SMASH BROS. FOR NINTENDO 3DS, it's every character for themselves in a battle royale between Nintendo's most popular characters -- as well as characters from other franchises, such as Pac-Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Mega Man. Each comes with their own unique abilities and power attacks, which are used to fight and weaken opponents (whether computer controlled, friends, or strangers online) to knock them off of their platform. The game accommodates one to four players, and there are two main single-player modes: Classic Mode, which has players fight through a series of enemies until reaching a boss battle, and All-Star Mode, in which players battle characters in the order of the year they debuted​. There are also shorter mini-games.

Is it any good?

There was a lot of (valid) concern among fans of the Super Smash Bros. games when Nintendo announced it was bringing the series to its 3DS handheld device. Thankfully, the somewhat clumsily named Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS quickly calms those fears. While there's certainly a difference between this and the console versions of previous games, it's not as jarring as you'd expect. And, honestly, the biggest complaint we had was hand cramps from the 3DS button layout. 

The game is overflowing with new characters and gameplay modes that will keep players occupied for a long time. Its biggest weaknesses come in its assumption that players know how to play (there's no tutorial or hand holding here; you get tossed into a battle). And people who buy a digital copy of the game won't even have a manual to explain which button does what. Also, online play suffers when one player has a hiccup in their online connection, causing game stuttering that detracts from the fun. Overall, though, any fears that this would be a stripped-down echo of console versions of the game can be forgotten. This is the real deal. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games like Super Smash Bros. While it's fun to see familiar characters brawl like this, why is it not acceptable in the real world? What are other ways to solve conflicts?

  • Talk about what makes a game fun.  Can you explain why cartoonish fighting might make a game more fun and appealing than gove and visceral content? Do you think the graphic images are gratuitous in most games, or necessary for some stories?

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