‘Super Smash Bros.’ for 3DS: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Super Smash Bros 3DS

Nintendo fans, the fighting game community and casual/expert players of the Super Smash Bros. series can’t wait for the 3DS/Wii U versions to arrive.

The anticipation for both game’s releases have nor reached a fever pitch. Japanese gamers and those lucky enough to import it have been playing it extensively, but us North Americans will finally get to own it on October 3, 2014. If you haven’t been keeping up with all the leaks or you’re just getting wind of how awesome this game will be, we’re here to provide you with all the info you need.

We’ll make sure to get you up to speed on everything that matters in the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros.!

1. The 3DS Version Comes With Its Own Graphical Sheen and Exclusive Mode

Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS differs from the Wii U version in several ways. For instance, the characters have been provided visible black outlines around their bodies. This feature was implemented in order to make the fighters easier to see on the 3DS’ miniature screen.

This version of the game will also run at a consistent 30 frames per second, while the Assist Trophies and Pokemon assists will run at 30 frames per second. The top 3DS screen will display the multiplayer brawls and the bottom 3DS screen will show off each character’s icon and damage percentages.

One mode that can only be played via the 3DS version is the “Smash Run” mode. Players will select a character and run through various stages. They’ll be able to access them through a large maze-like map and encounter all types of enemies from throughout Nintendo’s long history of games.

During these stage playthroughs, players will collect several items that increase the stats of whoever they’re utilizing. After 5-minutes of play, players will check out their character’s stats and keep tabs on whatever they’ve collected along the way. Finally, they’ll pit their powered up fighters against each other in a final battle.

2. It Will Also Feature A Slew of Exclusive Stages

The 3DS version will focus primarily on the handheld history of Nintendo by featuring a few stages that won’t be seen in the Wii U version. A total of 34 stages will be included in the 3DS edition (check out the full list below to find out which stages made a return and which ones are making their debut):

• Battlefield (Super Smash Bros. for 3DS)
• Paper Mario (Paper Mario series)
• Gerudo Valley (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D)
• Mute City (F-Zero)
• Reset Bomb Forest (Kid Icarus: Uprising)
• Boxing Ring (Super Smash Bros./Punch-Out!!)
• Find Mii (StreetPass Mii Plaza)
• Wily Castle (Mega Man 2)
• Final Destination (Super Smash Bros. for 3DS)
• Rainbow Road (Mario Kart 7)
• Spirit Train (The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks)
• Corneria (Super Smash Bros. Melee/StarFox)
• Magicant (Mother)
• WarioWare Inc. (Super Smash Bros. Brawl/WarioWare)
• Gaur Plain (Xenoblade Chronicles)
• Tomodachi Life (Tomodachi Life)
• 3D Land (Super Mario 3D Land)
• Mushroom Kingdom (Super Smash Bros. Brawl/Super Mario Bros.)
• Brinstar (Super Smash Bros. Melee/Metroid)
• Unova Pokémon League (Pokémon Black/Pokémon White)
• Prism Tower (Pokémon X/Pokémon Y)
• Arena Ferox (Fire Emblem: Awakening)
• Distant Planet (Super Smash Bros. Brawl/Pikmin)
• Balloon Fight (Balloon Fight)
• PictoChat 2 (Nintendo DS)
• Pac-Maze (Pac-Man)
• Green Hill Zone (Super Smash Bros. Brawl/Sonic the Hedgehog)
• Living Room (Nintendogs + Cats)
• Tortimer Island (Animal Crossing: New Leaf)
• Flat Zone 2 (Super Smash Bros. Brawl/Mr. Game & Watch)
• Yoshi’s Island (Super Smash Bros. Brawl/Yoshi’s Island)
• Jungle Japes (Super Smash Bros. Melee/Donkey Kong Country)
• Golden Plains (New Super Mario Bros. 2)

3. The Full Roster Has Already Been Revealed

Thanks to several gamers playing the Japanese version of the game, the full unlocked roster has already been shown to the world. Both the 3DS and Wii U version will come with 49 playable characters (34 returning fighters and 15 newcomers). From the start of the game, 37 characters will be available for play while the other 12 remaining characters will have to be unlocked.

You’ll either have to play a certain number of multiplayer matches or fulfill certain conditions. You can check out the video above to each character’s Final Smash if you don’t mind seeing some more spoilers.

Here’s what you’ll need to do in order to unlock the rest of the roster for the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros.:

• 10 matches or Clear Classic Mode twice – Ness
• 20 matches or Clear Classic Mode once – Falco
• 30 matches or Clear 100-Man mode – Wario
• 40 matches or Clear Classic Mode as Marth – Lucina
• 50 matches or Clear Classic Mode 3 times – Dark Pit
• 60 matches or Clear Classic Mode as Mario – Dr. Mario
• 70 matches or Clear Classic Mode as Mr. Game & Watch on intensity 7.0 or higher – R.O.B.
• 80 matches or Clear Classic Mode as Link – Ganondorf
• 90 matches or Clear Classic Mode as Duck Hunt – Mr. Game & Watch
• 100 matches or Clear Classic Mode as Bowser on intensity 7.0 or higher – Bowser Jr.
• 110 matches or Clear Classic Mode as a Mii Fighter – Duck Hunt Dog
• 120 matches or Clear Classic Mode as Charizard on intensity 7.0 or higher – Jigglypuff

4. A Special Edition 3DS Will Launch with Exclusive Super Smash Bros. Art

Super Smash Bros 3DS Special Edition

European and North American gamers who’re looking to purchase a new 3DS might want to wait and get this special edition handheld. On September 19, 2014, a $199 Super Smash Bros. 3DS XL will be available in blue or red.

5. The Demo is Already Available for Select Nintendo Platinum Members; Everyone Else Will be Able to Download it on September 19, 2014

Super Smash Bros 3DS

A downloadable demo for the game has already become available for select Platinum-rank Club Nintendo members. Everyone else with a 3DS will be able to access that demo on September 19, 2014.

The demo will only feature the “Smash” fighting mode and five playable characters – Mario, Link, Pikachu, Villager and Mega Man. Each fighter will come with three alternate outfits, each match will be set to 2-minutes and a select number of items will appear. The one stage available for play is Battlefield (normal and “Final Destination” form).