Nintendo’s iconic brawler is back and on the move with its latest installment, Super Smash Bros for 3DS. Building on the franchise’s established mechanics and gameplay, SSB3DS takes the fight to the streets; allowing us once again to pit our favourite Nintendo characters against one another in an insane battle royale of gaming history. With a massive roster of characters including two new franchise representations in Pac-Man and Megaman as well as new Nintendo additions Little Mac, Robin, Shulk and Animal Crossing’s Villager, Super Smash Bros for 3DS aims high and comes out on all cylinders firing.
As with the limitations to being confined to a handheld, SSB3DS takes on a cel-shaded appearance for characters and environments, differing from the graphical style of its predecessors. This is in no way detracting from the gameplay experience itself; battles are bright and flashy, characters are vibrant and battle environments are as detailed as ever. Character animations are snappy and sharp, and are only let down by the quality of the screen and the amount of detail crammed into something so small. The inclusion of series newcomers Pac-Man and Mega Man and the return of Sonic the Hedgehog allow you to settle scores over who was the better mascot in their heyday. Some players may find the game less favourable due to climactic battles rendering characters extremely small on the already small screen.
A bigger gripe with the game itself is the navigation of the menus; the amount of menu and sub-menu options is at times confusing, and could be refined or streamlined for easier access.