Parents' Guide to

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Terrific handheld transition for classic fighting game.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2014
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 10+

Best game ever

this game is extremely fun for people who love Nintendo games and fighting portable games. Best game ever!
age 6+

Good, if you like the previous smash bros. games.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (21 ):

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.

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