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Super Smash Bros.

Platform(s): Nintendo 3DS, WiiU
Genre: Action
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: Summer 2014

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As WP's senior editor, I edit review and preview articles, attempt to keep up with the frantic pace of Rainier's news posts, and keep our reviewers on deadline, which is akin to herding cats. When I have a moment to myself and don't have my nose in a book, I like to play action/RPG, adventure and platforming games.

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12. 'Super Smash Bros.' (3DS/WiiU)

by Judy on Jan. 24, 2014 @ 12:30 a.m. PST

Super Smash Bros. is unlike regular fighting games, instead of winning by depleting an opponent's life bar, Smash Bros players seek to knock opposing characters off the stage.

Chris DeAngelus: A combination of fighting game, party game and platformer, Smash Bros. is one of Nintendo's defining titles. The newest Smash Bros., coming for the Wii U and 3DS, looks to give us a healthy update to the formula. New characters like Wii Fit Trainer and Mega Man are joining the brawl, along with returning favorites like Zelda and King DeDeDe. Both versions will have their own levels and features, making it a tempting game to double-dip on.

Brian Dumlao: For some gamers, the Super Smash Bros. series has been the sole reason to pick up a Nintendo console. Even with a different developer at the helm, the hype for the game is tremendous. From Sonic's return to the Wii Fit Trainer, the Animal Crossing Villager and Mega Man, there are plenty of reasons to be excited for this multiplayer staple. For the first time, there's also a different version of the game for a handheld. Nintendo fighting fans will be in heaven.


Erik "NekoIncardine" Ottosen: Super Smash Bros. has been one of Nintendo's highest-profile series since its origin on Nintendo 64, so it's unsurprising that Nintendo is bringing the title to its latest home system. More surprising was the switch of developers to Namco-Bandai and the inclusion of a 3DS version, with a distinct batch of stages and environments to explore. This looks to be the most promising entry in the series yet.

Thomas Wilde: As far as I'm concerned, the true appeal of the Smash Brothers series has always been about evenings on the couch passing off the controllers, drinking cheap vodka and swearing at each other. Forget all the tournament players whining about "skill," and frankly, the game could have no single-player content at all. This is one of the finest series for pure social couch gaming, and on that level, I'm looking forward to it. Being able to trash Sonic as Mega Man is just icing on that cake.



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