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Super Smash Bros. for 3DS Demo Impressions

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While I wasn’t lucky enough to receive any Super Smash Bros. for 3DS Demo codes in my e-mail, I did manage to snag a code from a local game trading group. Naturally, I have been furiously playing the game all weekend, and now I’d like to share my impressions.

First off, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS feels absolutely fantastic. The controls don’t feel weird to me at all, though it did take a game or two to get used to them. The game is faster and less floaty than Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but a little slower than the fast-paced Super Smash Bros. Melee. I once preferred Brawl’s slower gameplay over Melee, mainly because I felt like I had more control over the characters. However, after a recent stint with Brawl, the game felt way too slow for my tastes. Luckily, this new game speeds things up and just feels fantastic overall.

As for the characters, I’ve been spending most of my time with Link, Villager, and Mega Man. I very much disliked Link in Brawl, but wow, is he a lot of fun to control this time around. I found it very easy to transition between all of his moves, and felt that the Bow, Bomb, and Boomerang special attacks were more effective. All of his smash attacks are effective, though some of his moves leave him vulnerable for a tad too long. Regardless, I can see Link being my number one favourite after the full version is released.

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My second favourite character – so far – has to be Villager. Villager could actually be this game’s Meta Knight as he/she is way overpowered, though that’s why I found him/her fun to use. He/She has great launching moves with the forward smash bowling ball and the excellent tree planting down special, plus his/her up special recovery is absolutely broken. I love it. His/Her other special moves are also fantastic and have a variety of uses. His/Her neutral special can be used to grab projectiles of all kinds to be used later, likely resulting in some major damage. Lastly, his/her side special is quite versatile. You can launch a Gyroid rocket at your foes, or ride it for recovery, or just to get closer to your opponent. Villager is a varied fighter and a great addition to the roster.

I need to play with Mega Man a lot more before I can form a better opinion, though he is still a fun character to use. His standard attack throws me for a loop because I’m expecting him to throw punches, instead, he attacks with his Mega Buster. You can charge up his buster by using the side smash attack, which is quite satisfying when delivered. His Rush recovery is neat, but as most smash fans know by now, you can cancel out of a weak launch attack with it. His overall moveset is quite nice with almost every move being a reference to his past games, specifically the powers he gained from robot masters.

I don’t have a whole lot to say about either Mario or Pikachu. I barely played as either of them, though they both seem like they can be formidable opponents. Neither characters were ones that I gravitated toward in other Smash games, and I likely won’t use either of them much when I get the full version.

Nintendo has given us an awesome demo to play while we wait for the full version of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS to release on October 3, 2014. It gives us enough to hold us over, though it doesn’t come close to satisfying even the smallest thirsts for the new games. With only one stage – complete with its Final Destination option –  a handful of items, assist trophies, and Pokeballs, and five fighters, there’s plenty more to experience come October 3rd.

Super Smash Bros. 3DS Demo Coming Next Week, Unless You’re a Select Platinum Member

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Nintendo of America just announced a Super Smash Bros. 3DS demo for North America. The demo will officially be released next Friday, September 19, though select Platinum Club Nintendo members will receive four codes today. So, if you’re lucky enough to be one of the select Platinum members, you will be playing some Super Smash Bros. for 3DS by the end of the day.

Super Smash Bros. 3DS – Spectator Mode World Map

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This a glimpse at the world map you will see when using the game’s spectator mode. Using this mode could be a great way for you to study the skills of other smash players.

Spoiler Alert: Full Super Smash Bros. 3DS Roster Revealed

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Japanese gamers – and those with import hardware and software – have been playing Super Smash Bros. 3DS constantly over the past 24 hours. Finally, the full roster for Super Smash Bros. 3DS (or Super Smash Bros. 4 if you wish) has been revealed. You’ll have to hit the jump if you want to spoil the fighters that haven’t been confirmed by Nintendo yet.

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Peach
  • Bowser
  • Yoshi
  • Rosalina & Luma
  • Donkey Kong
  • Diddy Kong
  • Link
  • Zelda
  • Sheik
  • Toon Link
  • Samus
  • Zero Suit Samus
  • Pit
  • Palutena
  • Marth
  • Ike
  • Robin
  • Kirby
  • King Dedede
  • Meta Knight
  • Little Mac
  • Fox
  • Pikachu
  • Charizard
  • Lucario
  • Greninja
  • Captain Falcon
  • Villager
  • Olimar/Alph (Alph is an alternate costume)
  • Wii Fit Trainer
  • Lucina
  • Shulk
  • Pac-Man
    Mega Man
  • Sonic
  • Mii Fighter

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Nintendo Download for September 11, 2014

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Press Release: Nintendo Announces Three Colourful New Looks for Nintendo 3DS XL

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NINTENDO ANNOUNCES THREE COLOURFUL NEW LOOKS FOR NINTENDO 3DS XL

Super Smash Bros., Persona Q, NES Models Announced

Vancouver, B.C.., Sept. 10, 2014 – Nintendo’s 3D portable video game system will be getting three cool new looks for the holiday season. Nintendo announced the three special-edition Nintendo 3DS XL systems that will be available in limited quantities. The new systems are sure to be scooped up by collectors and anyone who was waiting for an excuse to buy a hand-held Nintendo system. Systems announced today include:

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Super Smash Bros. 3DS – Demo on its Way

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Japan has access to a Super Smash Bros. 3DS demo today, though Sakurai assures us westerners that news on a demo is headed our way, as well.

North America is Getting a Sweet Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Collector’s Edition

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Monster Hunter fans in North America should be happy to learn that a collector’s edition for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be released. You will find a Gore Magala figure, a Felyne Pin, a Monster Hunter lanyard, a sweet Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate cleaning cloth, a supply box to hold everything, and of course, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for Nintendo 3DS. This package will sell for $59.99 and is scheduled to release in early 2015.

You can pre-order this collector’s edition here. (Collector’s edition currently not available for pre-order through EB Games Canada).

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Super Smash Bros. 3DS – Classic Mode Spinner and Rewards

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Before each stage in the game’s Classic Mode, a spinner will determine the reward you get at the end of each stage. You can get customization, gold, and trophy rewards for your efforts, plus you can get even more rewards if you raise the intensity before starting the stage.

Here is a screenshot of the results screen, which breaks down the rewards you receive after the battle ends.

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New Club Nintendo Reward – Featured Game Rewards for September 2014

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Nintendo is offering another eight digital titles across the Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and DSi for this month’s featured game rewards at Club Nintendo. I think most of these have been offered in the past, but there are some quality titles here for those that may have missed their chance before.

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Super Smash Bros. 3DS – The Vault

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Sakurai gives us a quick glimpse at the Vault in the latest pic of the day.

Super Smash Bros. 3DS – Menu Screens

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Sakurai claims that we’re going to be using the Games & More option quite a bit… and I agree.

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Choosing Games & More leads you to most of the game’s main modes. You’ll find Solo and Group buttons, which lead to modes like classic and all star, as well as the various mini-games. Plus, there are options, customization, and vault buttons, so you know for sure you’ll use this menu a lot.

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Nintendo Download for September 4, 2014

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