Hated Brawl? Super Smash Bros. For 3DS Is For You

Ben Stegner 08-10-2014

Super Smash Bros. is one of Nintendo’s most-loved franchises. It’s had an interesting history From N64 To Wii U: The Story Of Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. An enormous community has grown around these games, and they faced both good times and bad since the original Smash was released. Let's take a look at the story behind this beautiful game. Read More despite only having four games released since its induction in 1999. Melee, the GameCube’s Smash title, was extremely well-received and is still played competitively to this day. However, its successor, Smash Bros. Brawl, departed greatly from Melee’s mechanics and is disliked by many Smash purists.


If you gave up hope for Super Smash Bros. after Brawl, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised with the newest iteration in the series, Smash Bros. for 3DS. It’s not perfect, but it has lots of features that will help you forget about how Brawl wronged you. Even if you liked Brawl, Smash 3DS is a step forward. Let’s see why.

Better Online Play

Brawl was the first game in the franchise to allow for online play, using the Wii’s Internet features How to Connect Your Nintendo Wii Console to the Internet Here's how to connect your Nintendo Wii console to the internet, and what you can do once your Nintendo Wii is online. Read More , but it was disappointing. Finding a match with a random player in the first place was difficult, and once you connected the matches were almost always unplayable due to lag How To Reduce Lag In Online Gaming There was always some amount of lag in the game, especially when there were lots of players logged in. That's an experience you can have only so often before you realize that it's either time... Read More . Further, you only had a few measly options for online matches. None of this is surprising, given Nintendo’s weak history with online gaming, but it was still a letdown.

Smash 3DS doesn’t fix this problem fully, but it does a much better job. The first improvement you’ll notice is that it doesn’t take five minutes to connect to the online service like it did in Brawl, which is a welcomed change.

After you connect, you’ll have to pick whether you want to play with friends, random players, or spectate a match. Playing with friends is made easier than before thanks to 3DS friend codes being system-based instead of the Wii’s game-based codes.



Jumping into With Anyone means you’ll be able to choose between two modes, For Fun and For Glory. In For Fun, items are enabled and you can play on any stage. There’s no statistics kept here, so it’s aptly named. For Glory beckons to serious players; here you won’t find any items, and each stage is transformed into its Omega form, which is flat like the Final Destination stage. You’ll be able to keep track of your records in this game type.

Either category lets you play free-for-all or in teams, and For Glory allows 1-on-1 fights. With this variety, Smashers of all types will find something to enjoy online. And of course, the zany local multiplayer 6 Video Games With Fantastic Local Multiplayer For Dorm Room Gaming There are still some titles that faithfully provide an excellent couch experience for multiple players. They either allows for up to four people to play at once, or provide an entertaining enough experience to keep... Read More is included as long as each player has their own system and copy of the game.

In my time with the game so far, online play has been better than expected. While playing with a friend in Alaska, I only experienced a split-second of lag once or twice a match. It was a bit more noticeable when matchmaking, but much improved over anything Brawl ever offered. Smash creator Masahiro Sakurai has explained that your connection is usually the issue, so if this is affecting you, check that your home Wi-Fi is optimized Wireless Feng Shui: How to Optimize Wi-Fi Reception in Your House Setting up a Wi-Fi router for optimum coverage isn't as easy as you think. Use these tips to cover your whole house with Wi-Fi! Read More .

Fixed Mechanics And A New Technique

In Melee, advanced players took advantage of technical parts of the game 4 Bugs And Glitches In Video Games That Became Features Bugs are mostly bad, but they can be good too. Keep reading to find out how. Read More that allowed them to maneuver their characters in all-new ways, like Wavedashing. By dodging in midair and steering into the ground, you could zip around at lightning speed.


Another trick in Melee was L-Canceling, which essentially allowed you to shorten the recovery time of your moves by pressing L just before you hit the ground. This, too, brought worlds more strategy into the game and made Melee a game that’s deeper than it first appears 4 Seemingly Simple Video Games That Are Surprisingly Deep It may surprise you that many games exist that can be easily enjoyed by players of any skill level, yet are deep enough to allow for an advanced play style. Read More .

Both of these tactics were controversially removed from Brawl, and perhaps even worse was the element added in: tripping. It’s just what it sounds like, and it’s insanely annoying. Any time you perform certain attacks, you have a small chance of your character falling onto the ground, and you can’t turn it off. This became one of the rallying cries of Brawl haters. In the Sudden Death situation below, it even determined the winner; watch how Toon Link’s dodge turns into a in a trip at 2:19, resulting in his death.

Thankfully, tripping is no more on 3DS. Wavedashing doesn’t make a return, but there’s a new tactic pros will be excited about. It’s called the Turnaround Cancel, and it allows you to quickly change directions and launch into an attack. Why it’s such a big deal is too much to explain here, but redditor sylinmino has explained its implications perfectly.

Turnaround Canceling was first found in a demo build of Smash for Wii U, and I’m happy to report that it has made its way into the final version of Smash for 3DS too.


All of this adds up to make this version feel tighter and faster than Brawl. You likely won’t be zipping around at amazing speeds like the master in this video, but it’s a huge improvement!


Smash Brothers has always been known for its simplicity and approachable controls, even for those who despise traditional fighting games 5 Browser-Based Fighting Games That Are Actually Good Some of the best fighting games are actually available for free as Flash games in your browser. Read More . Because of this, there hasn’t been a lot of room for customizing anything. Each character had a set of moves that were specific to them, and they couldn’t be changed.

Smash 3DS, however, changes that. First, you can create your own fighters using Miis. Three classes are available, and you can assign them different moves for their special attacks. As you play the game (especially the single-player modes) you’ll unlock new badges to equip on your characters.

One badge, for instance, might make your Mii fighter faster but weaker, or give them special abilities like a brief period of invincibility after eating food items. You can even give them hats and outfits to change their appearance!


This customizing extends to the full roster of characters. Want to make Link carry the regular boomerang instead of the Gale Boomerang? You can do that! Or, try assigning badges to make Bowser a lightweight; the possibilities are many. To ensure balanced gameplay, these customizations have to be explicitly enabled when playing a match, and can’t be used when playing online with anyone.

In addition, while the roster for this title was questioned by some Wii Fit Trainer? Seriously? 4 Other Characters We Didn't Ask For In Smash Bros We didn't ask for this, Nintendo – and seriously, we asked for everyone else. Google Smash Bros wishlist sometime – we've thought of everything, but I'm pretty sure absolutely none of us asked for the... Read More , the characters are more varied this time around. Of course, a few of the fighters have similarities, but for the most part there’s a diverse cast. If you don’t like the way one plays, you can change it!

It’s Mobile!

Some people may see this as a drawback, but after some time with mobile Smash, I feel that Nintendo has modeled the game to run on a handheld, not crippled it. This game has lots of little pieces that make it a worthy title to own aside from just waiting for the Wii U (which has some awesome games of its own Lost Faith In Wii U? These Recently Released And Upcoming Games Will Change Your Mind If you've been eyeballing that Wii U, but just have not found that it's worth spending the money on, now might be the perfect time to head to your local game store and put one... Read More ) version.

For one, this version of Smash screams to be enjoyed in short bursts. You don’t have to wait for the system to boot up and tweak a bunch of settings. If you have a few minutes on your commute, before a class, or before bed, you can get your Smash in without much setup. More than this, though, are the modes in the games.

Gone is the tedious Subspace Emissary of Brawl, which served as the game’s Adventure mode and was required for unlocking most of the characters. Instead, the 3DS game features Smash Run, which has you running through a maze collecting power-up that radically change your character’s stats, then facing off in a final competition. It’s quirky and something we haven’t seen in Smash before.

Classic mode is better than ever, featuring a difficulty system that lets you wager coins to make battles more difficult Don't Change The Difficulty: Make Games Harder With These 3 Challenges Are the hardest difficulty settings not enough for you? Try these three self-imposed challenges to experience games in new, tougher ways. Read More . All-Star is back again, along with the usual multi-man battles and the Home Run Contest. You might be upset at the lack of one-system multiplayer 8 Awesome Couch Co-Op Games To Play When Family Comes To Visit Read More that Smash has come to be known for, but the developers have gone to great lengths to ensure that solo Smash provides plenty of content. Trophies, an awesome soundtrack, and tons of unlockables are just as present as ever; nothing major was lost in the transition to the mobile 3DS.

Let’s Smash!

If you like Smash Brothers at all, you simply must get the 3DS version. These reasons were meant to appeal to those who detested Brawl, but the 3DS’ changes are for the better of all players. If you don’t have a 3DS to play it on, consider the cheaper 2DS Nintendo 2DS Review & Giveaway We're giving this Nintendo 2DS with a copy of Pokemon X away to one lucky reader! But first, here's what we think of Nintendo's latest portable gaming console. Read More that doesn’t feature the 3D screen.

If you aren’t interested in 3DS Smash but still miss Melee, check out how to turn an existing copy of Brawl into Project M Miss Melee? Transform Super Smash Bros. Brawl Into A Melee-like Game With Project M Project M is a mod for Super Smash Bros. Brawl that changes a number of things, but the most notable being an adjustment to the speed to make it feel more like Melee. Read More , a fan-created mod that feels much more like the GameCube favorite.

Will you be getting Smash 3DS? If you have it, what do you think so far? Leave a comment, and if you’d like to play a match online with me, let me know!

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    December 22, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Personally, I think that Brawl sucked balls. Tripping is annoying, and it removed many things from the game: Directional Air Dodge, Wavedash, DI, Smash DI, and MMOOOAARRR! MELEE WAS SO MUCH BETTER! AND 3DS + WII U WASN'T AS GOOD BUT IT WAS STILL PRETTY FRICKIN AWESOME!

  2. as140
    November 9, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Personally I liked the slower speed of Brawl better. I´m just not fast enough for competitive playing on the 3DS.

  3. Joe
    October 12, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    It's great that Smash has finally come to a portable device. For what it's worth, I loved Brawl. I downloaded the demo for Smash 3DS and thought it was great from what I saw, but I'm going to hold out for the Wii U version. I think Smash is best played on a large screen with a bunch of mates.

    • Ben S
      October 12, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      I didn't mind Brawl either, but I didn't play it as much as Melee. I've been loving 2DS Smash; there's lots of fun to be had as a single-player fan!