The 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. is set to come out this Friday, but for those who simply can’t wait that long, the demo for the game is still available in the 3DS eShop. I’ve played the demo, and honestly, it proves beyond any shred of a doubt that Super Smash Bros. can exist on a handheld console.
The controls are very smooth, and easy to learn, and it’s just so fun to experience playing the game. The graphics aren’t nearly as bad as I thought they would be on the 3DS. In fact, it’s kind of like playing a HD version of Super Smash Bros. Melee. In terms of overall style, the game obviously continues from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, mainly because the menu has the same aesthetic as Super Smash Bros. Brawl. I kind of like that, it seems a little weird that they chose to go back to that style.
My only real problem with the demo is how much they limited the content. You can only play as five characters, and you can only play one stage. The only characters available in the demo are Mario, Link, Pikachu, Mega Man, and the villager from Animal Crossing, and you can only play the regular Battlefield. This baffles me because there’s so much content, and you get very little variety. I know that this is supposed to just give you a taste of the game, but they could have at least given you only the default characters and stages. With only 5 characters and one stage, it gets old very quickly.
While that does sound bad, playing as Mega Man doesn’t seem to get old for me. In fact, playing as Mega Man was the highlight of the demo, and at least playing the demo was still fun.
Of course, the whole purpose of the demo was to showcase some of what the game had, and in spite of the limited content, it was an effective demonstration of how Super Smash Bros. can be done on a handheld. It certainly managed to whet my appetite for the actual game, and I can’t wait to get the game for much longer.