One of Nintendo’s top-tier exclusives, the new Super Smash Bros, has made its debut on Nintendo’s handheld rather than the struggling Wii U console. The chaotic beat-em-up brings with it plenty of upgrades in terms of single-player action, improved online gaming and tons of multiplayer options – all this while retaining that core cast of iconic Nintendo characters and adding some exciting new faces to boot.
The new version boasts upgraded graphics and 15 new playable characters, most notably in the form of Mega Man and Pac-Man. In terms of its single-player experience, there are several modes to choose from, including Classic, All-Star and Stadium. The Classic mode sees players taking on various battles all the way through to the final stage. All-Star will please Nintendo acolytes by offering a period battle through the ages, which sees players fight iconic characters from the 80s (Mario) all the way to the present (Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles). Finally, Stadium mode offers its own set of mini-games, including the new Target Blast, which requires you to launch bombs of varying strength at different targets. Although, the plentiful single player modes warrant more attention than in the past, Super Smash Bros’ allure lies in its multiplayer battles. This is where you and a bunch of friends can smash the hell out of each other in big, chaotic face-offs.
The 3DS also received an exclusive Smash Run multiplayer mode in this regard, which lets players run through a dungeon populated with enemies, collecting items and power-ups. At the end of the timed race, players must battle one another using the items they managed to pick up. Online play is also back and offers a more solid multiplayer experience. Again, it is split into modes allowing for casual or hardcore, achievement-based gaming. The casual aspect throws you into a random game that doesn’t track your stats – making it a convenient mode to hone your skills before trying the other options. If you’re an experienced player, you can go straight to the stats-based mode, which pits you against an opponent and rewards you based on victories. This is certainly the more immersive option but be warned, you’ll have to put up with occasional connection problem that may affect your battle’s outcome. Additionally, the four-player online mode is crippled by lag. Price: £33 • You may also like the latest impossibly slim waterproof sony xperia z3 compact android tablet.