For the first handheld entry in the Super Smash Bros. series, this game does not disappoint. In one respect, it can't, since the series has never been on handhelds before, but comparing it to other entries does highlight a few faults. However, these faults don't completely detract from the overall experience, which is still an excellent one. The characters all come to life wonderfully on the 3DS' screen, though the 3D function is not particularly fun to use. The new and old characters alike have all been touched up from the last game, and the new customization features for the characters' movesets makes all of the characters even more diverse from each other than they already are. The game is very lively and a pleasure to look at and watch or play.
Unfortunately, it's very clear that Nintendo was not lying when they said this game pushes the 3DS to its limits. The system resets if you close the game without turning off the console, which is something other 3DS titles do not do. The UI is a bit lacking compared to other entries, and what few new stages there are (most are reused) can feel somewhat uninspired at times. It seems clear that the main game is the Wii U version, but that does not stop this game from being a great game, and one that is a must have for every 3DS owner. It's also clear that they left out a lot of content for the Wii U version in order to keep the two versions distinct from each other, but comparing what's been revealed for the Wii U version to what is in the 3DS version, it seems clear that the Wii U version is getting the better half of the deal. That's not to say the 3DS version is not still a great game, but if you are only getting one of the two, you may want to wait and fully experience the game then.
That said? If you are a primarily handheld gamer or do not yet own a Wii U, I highly recommend this title in the Wii U version's stead. While the Wii U version is likely going to have more content, this game is still plentiful in content and things to do, and with online capabilities, you will have more than your share of fights available once you play through all the single player modes, of which there are a fair amount.
In short, while there are a few noticeable things that feel like they weren't as fleshed out as they could have been on a more powerful machine, it's still an amazing game, and I would highly recommend this to everyone who is interested.
-- Written by the recipient of this game