Submitted by NorbertJr 552d ago | opinion piece

Is Smash Bros. On The 3DS A Good Idea?

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. (Super Smash Bros. 4, Wii U)

ZodTheRipper  +   553d ago
In my honest opinion: NO
Smash Bros is one of the best couch multiplayer games out there I don't see a point playing it alone on a small screen. And I'm pretty sure it's impeding the development of the home console version since they try to bring the same game to both platforms.
CaptainN  +   552d ago
They will not be the same game...as both will feature different stages!
Concertoine  +   552d ago
Yeah BUT:
I think they should've focused on the wii u version and released a 3ds version later on, the 3ds has plenty of great games and the wii u is struggling bad. Before the home consoles were the ONLY place to go for smash bros, and what will the likely over 50 million 3ds owners do when they can save 300 bucks and just get it on 3ds?
3-4-5  +   551d ago
It's an awesome idea really.

Why NOT at this point, right ?

The tech is there to do so and have it remain mostly the same style of game.

We are getting unique stages for each so we are kind of getting 2 smash brothers games.

How could you not want 2 smash brothers games ?

This play style is perfect for handheld and with the design concept of using the dark outline, it makes the small screen, not as much of an issue.

I am probably going to get an XL at some point for this game. That larger screen will definitely make it more fun to play.

More quality games is ALWAYS a good thing, especially at the level of quality Nintendo puts into their main titles.
Metallox  +   553d ago
Not only the fact that it's not comfortable playing on a small screen, I think this isn't a problem, but a 3DS version would just kill the Wii U version sales, so it's pretty obvious that if SSB was going to help to increase Wii U sales, now it's going to help less.
DC777  +   552d ago
True. They should at least hold back the 3DS version for a month. Sony will probably be trolling the release with a PS4 launch in Afghanistan or something as it is.
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3-4-5  +   551d ago
I think they are banking on Mario Kart 8 to be the system seller really.

The wii version sold 38 million. A decent amount of those were bundled with the wii, so take that into account, but still, without the bundle I think it sold another 15 million on it's own.

Almost everybody loves Mario Kart. They just need to make sure it's packed with content.
DanManDantheMan  +   552d ago
Umm yes. Who the hell didn't want to play smash on the go. I know lots of people who are gonna pick up both versions.
Lord_Sloth  +   552d ago
When I'm on the go I have no time to sit and play games because I'm on the GO. Objectives are my life and I am ruled by them. If I have free time, I'm on my couch playing a game on my big ass TV.

Only handhelds I play are exclusives.

If they're compromising the Wii U version (which they likely are to try and ensure both versions are the same) then it's a terrible idea. If not then idc.
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DanManDantheMan  +   552d ago
Guess you have a problem.

I find both versions distinctive enough and when I go out, it's not only to drive my car.

Not to mention Nintendo is covering all corners. They lose nothing by putting the game on both systems. There ARE Wii U only or 3DS only owners.
Edi007  +   552d ago
Yes is good i like it, but bad for the wii u of course ( 3ds + EA are the wii u killer )
KonsoruMasuta  +   552d ago
Yes! Picking up the 3DS version up along with my WiiU version. It's Smash Bros on the go, who wouldn't want it?

This version is also going to sell hot cakes in certain places, like Japan, where the 3DS is doing extremely well.
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RPG_Lover  +   552d ago
Yes it is
TuxedoMoon  +   552d ago
My major concern were the controls. I just don't feel comfortable using the slider to move in a fighting game. I don't know if they will have D-pad support for movement, I would hope so. The touch screen could be used for the taunt buttons, leaving the D-pad to be used for fights.

I do wish they held off on the 3ds version. The Wii-u needed more games on the system and most people (who have a 3ds and not a wiiu) would just get smash on the 3ds simply because it's cheaper and they don't have the shell out $300+ for a game they really want to play. If it wasn't for X(enoblade 2) and Bayonetta 2, I wouldn't be getting a wii-u myself so soon.
Reeze  +   552d ago
I think it's a great idea (taking Smash Bros to an airport to play with siblings?), but my fear is that it will take away from the Wii U version. One of the main selling points for the Wii U will be Smash Bros, and many people are simply going to choose the 3DS version because it's cheaper, portable, and they have a 3DS.
Summons75  +   552d ago
No, all the screens look dreadful and its probably going to be uncomfortable looming at the small characters on the small screen. Heck I still get lost when its a 4 player free for all and the camera pans way far out when chaos ensues and that's on a r
42" screen. I couldn't even imagine it on a 4" screen.

Wiiu from all screens and interviews is going to be the superior version.
ZeekQuattro  +   551d ago
Sure its a good idea. I might even buy both versions myself but the Wii U version is my first priority. Smash started on a console after all and that's where its most at home.

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