Super Smash Bros. for 3DS review round-up

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We’ve already sung the praises of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS in our own review, but what’s everyone else saying?

* Destructoid – 9
“Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS delivered just about everything I wanted out of it, and then some. I’ve grown attached to a number of newcomers, I’ve played more online matches than I ever did with Brawl, and I’ll be tackling all of the single-player content for weeks on end. I’m all in again thanks to Smash 3DS, and it’s made me even more excited for the Wii U version later this year.”

* The Escapist – 4.5/5
“While designed for your pocket, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS does not skimp on the features. A full-fledged Smash game, packed with stuff to discover, and boasting a roster of familiar and thoroughly inventive new characters, this is a beautiful fighting game than everyone can enjoy. Just a shame that the online isn’t that hot.”

* Game Informer – 9.25
“We all know the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. is on the horizon, but the 3DS version is more than something to keep you busy until then. It’s a must-play for Smash fans.”

* GameSpot – 8
“I found so much raw joy in my time with Super Smash Bros. 3DS. And even though I played to the point where I was literally in pain, I didn’t have to keep playing Smash Bros. 3DS. I wanted to.”

* GamesRadar – 3/5
“A highly polished iteration of Smash Bros. that plays great on its own. But when you’re afflicted by latency problems in local multiplayer, you’ll suddenly become painfully aware of the 3DS version’s critical shortcomings.”

* God is a Geek – 8
“It would be easy to sit and reel off a list of things Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS doesn’t have, but it’s better to focus on what it is. And what it is, is a functionally excellent, portable version of Super Smash Bros.”

* IGN – 8.8
“Smash 3DS is impressive and, for the most part, feels right at home on 3DS. The multitude of ways to play and awesome customization gave me many reasons to keep fighting – and I’ve been at it for more than 45 hours already. It all produces a fun feedback loop of engaging in matches to unlock custom moves and trophies, then jumping into another match to try out the new stuff. Even the online modes feel carefully considered and focused on what the series does best, and what the 3DS can reasonably do.”

* Joystiq – 4.5/5
“When Nintendo is firing on all cylinders, it creates the sort of games that other companies only wish they could put together, and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is the perfect example of that sterling pedigree.”

* Nintendo Life – 9
“Remarkable production values combined with a staggering amount of content and fan service make Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS an entertaining, rewarding and downright addictive title that’s immensely hard to put down.”

* NintendoWorldReport – 8.5
“Super Smash Bros. for 3DS doesn’t try to change the formula in what made Smash Bros. great, but it keeps adding to the existing formula and in that, creates new experiences that continue to make the game worth investing time in.”

* Pocket Gamer – 9
“Super Smash Bros is as fast, frenetic, and wonderfully satisfying on handheld. And this pint size version has more of everything – including fighters, trophies, and modes”

* Polygon – 9
“Super Smash Bros. 3DS hasn’t been compressed as much as it has been tailored. And as unlikely as it may be, it fits like a glove.”

* USGamer – 8
“If you were holding out to see whether Smash Bros. could work on a handheld system, however, consider your fears alleviated. This version doesn’t do a lot to advance the series as a whole, but it remains a delightfully well-designed brawler all the same, and it’s a pleasure to play on the Nintendo 3DS.”

* VideoGamer – 9
“Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is certainly a surprise package. Packing a substantial amount of content and the same fantastic gameplay as its home console siblings, it gives the forthcoming Wii U version an awful lot to live up to.”

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

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