Video Game Review #2: Super Smash Brothers for the Wii U and 3DS

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Video Game Review #2: Super Smash Brothers for the Wii U and 3DS

Evan Carioggia, Writer

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Ahhh Smash Brothers, one of the most competitive game series and their newest adaptions came out October 3rd and November 24th in the year 2014. This took the community by storm, as there is finally a portable Smash Brothers game. Besides that, Smash 4 also started Nintendo’s biggest cash crop known as amiibo. However, I will not be talking about amiibo functionality in too much detail as they are not necessary for you to play.

Unlike its predecessor Smash Bros Brawl, Smash 4 does not have a story mode. It has been replaced with Classic Mode, where you choose one fighter and face enemies one after another as you make your way to the dreaded Master Hand and his companion Crazy Hand. Smash 4 also introduces Master Core, a new and unknown (for the most part) enemy. That’s not important though. Trophies are back and better than ever with a Trophy Shop and the Trophy Rush gamemode. Stadium Mode is also back with the sandbag contest, and other gamemodes. Oh yeah, and you can go into Classic mode with two people now, so grab your BFF or force your siblings to help you.

Smash 4 has the largest Smash roster, with over 40 characters including DLC characters (Bayonetta hype!). Got to admit I did not see Cloud coming :P. This roster includes characters other than Nintendo’s, such as Pac-Man, Megaman, Ryu, Cloud, Bayonetta, Sonic, and Shulk. (RIP Wolf, and Snake) Also included in the roster are Mii’s finally! You can choose to have your Mii as one of three classes, Brawler, Swordfighter, and Gunner. Beat up people as yourself!

Smash 4 has the revolutionary online mode, where you can play casually or competitively. For Glory is the competitive mode and it is known for bad players and their bad habits :P. Regardless, it is fun that you can now play with your friends and random people all over the world! There is also a tournament mode so people can set up tournaments for others and themselves to take part in. I know that some Youtubers and Twitch streamers have set up tournaments for their subscribers/followers.

Finally, just a quick dip into the actual gameplay itself. The game is fairly simple. You have 3 directions: Up, Down, and Left/right. These apply to different inputs. Standing still you can press the normal attack button and the special attack button for a jab and neutral special attack. Walking and pressing these will give off a different attack. Running also provides another attack. This applies to jumping as well, referred to a N-Air, D-Air, F-Air, and B[ack]-air. Kind of easy to pick up, but difficult to master. Honestly you should see pros in action, it’s amazing what they do.

I can go on and on about Smash 4, but to really learn the game you should try it yourself! If you don’t have a Wii U or 3DS, watch someone play on YouTube or Twitch.

Have fun on your gaming journeys, and good day to you.

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