With the fourth incarnation of their Super Smash Bros. party fighting series, Nintendo decided to release both a console and handheld version. The 3DS version, released October 3rd, is a decent but barren game with pretty terrible online play and, depending on your comfort with the 3DS itself, awkward controls. The Wii U version, released November 21st, takes everything good about the 3DS game and makes it better. Graphics, sound, and control options are obviously improved, but there's also far more content for both single and multiplayer fights and an online system that, while still lacking, is much more stable. This is the definitive version of the game.
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As is appropriate to this game: For this review, I'll be recycling a bunch of content from my 3DS review and improving on it.
I can still remember picking up a copy of the original version of Super Smash Bros. when it launched on the Nintendo 64 way back in 1999. I was in high school at the time and this was before I really followed gaming news or online reviews, so all I knew about the game was that it was an unconventional fighting game that took characters from a variety of Nintendo titles and tossed them into a four player arena. I didn't know who was in it, what it would play like, or whether I'd even like it, but it would end up being my most played game on the system. I was hooked on this series from year one.
|The original, in all its boxy glory.|
|Two years later, Donkey Kong gets individual fingers.|
|The King makes his debut.|
The 3DS version of Smash Bros. sadly did little to improve Brawl's mess of an online system. While the game itself had grown and improved, it was still stuck with Friend Codes, no messaging options, no sorting options, and pretty awful lag. Error codes also popped up way too often when trying to fight with friends.
|Big Monster vs. Little Man|
|A fierce punch right in the Donkey Kong|
|Proud steel workers taking a break|
|Two dogs and a duck|
|Good Knight Turtleface|
|A heated debate|
|Mega Man takes out some trash|
|Villager gettin paid|
|Dino Battle 3030|
|Bowser Jr doesn't like this lunch|
|So many blobs|
|Samus ruining a good picnic|
|Good health, everyone|