The Late Night Gamer: At first thought yes, having Nintendo's second most popular and successful franchise (second only to Mario Kart) on the 3DS is a brilliant idea. It will sell better and generate new audiences to the Smash Bros. brand. But what about in the long run?
Smash 4 will launch for the WiiU and 3DS simultaneously, giving buyers the option to purchase the game for a platform with a lower install base for $59.99 or purchase the same title for a much larger install base for only $39.99. With differences as minimal as a handful of exclusive assisst trophies and a few levels, consumers won't exactly be persuaded to choose the more expensive route. Smash Bros. is one of those franchises that can move hardware, which the WiiU is in sore need of. Therefore by giving buyers the option to purchase the cheaper version of the same game will hurt the impact Smash should have on hardware sales.