Nintendo 3DS in Super Smash Flash 2.
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Nintendo 3DS (ニンテンドー3DS) is a starter stage in Super Smash Flash 2. The battle takes place on top of the handheld console, which can be one of nine different colors as chosen randomly when the stage is loaded. Similarly to WarioWare, Inc., Nintendo 3DS interacts with the fighters by changing the stage layout to resemble different games, some which are based on indie titles that are on the 3DS' virtual library.
The battle takes on a giant Nintendo 3DS floating in deep space. Normally, the 3DS is just a featureless platform, similar to Final Destination, though the stage layout changes at set intervals. Each layout is based on indie titles available for the system. The games available are BIT.TRIP BEAT, Mutant Mudds, Tetris: Axis, and VVVVVV. Whenever a game plays, the camera changes to a fixed-angle so players can see the whole stage and the boundaries.
List of games
- BIT.TRIP BEAT: An orange paddle appears on the left side of the 3DS and will bounce back every incoming square back from whence they came. These squares are harmful for players so they inadvertently have to dodge them. The squares deal minimal damage and knockback, though they tend to appear en masse. Players can anticipate where the squares are coming through the top screen of the 3DS.
- Mutant Mudds: Platforms rise from below, covering the bottom blast line and forming walk-off edges on both sides of the stage. These platforms come in segments that vary in height, and constantly change for the duration of this game.
- Tetris: Axis: A grid appears and "Tetriminos" drop onto the field. If it lands on a player, they will take some damage and good knockback. Some tetrominoes are solid while others can be passed through from below, but not from above. Because of this, the player may get stuck between the "Tetriminos" with no possibility to escape. At the end, a straight "Tetrimino" falls and fills the last gap, making every "Tetriminos" disappear.
- VVVVVV: Gravity fluctuates between normal and reversed. Captain Viridian appears on the top screen and indicates whether the gravity is normal or reversed. The top and bottom blast lines disappear, allowing the players to wrap around the screen for the duration of this game. The top and bottom blast lines stay missing for a while after the mini-game ends, in that players cannot be KO'ed vertically for a while.
- The main music track is Mii Channel, an upbeat remix of the main theme for the pre-installed Wii application, Mii Channel.
- The alternate music track is Wii Sports Theme, an upbeat remix of the title themes of Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort.
With hazards off, Nintendo 3DS functions nearly identically to Final Destination. The stage was legal along with Final Destination in v0.9b but was deemed redundant in Beta due to the performance issues that plagued Final Destination itself at the time being fixed.
Prior to Waiting Room being banned, Nintendo 3DS was banned due to the presence of it, Final Destination, and Waiting Room all on the stage list simultaneously, which would make the stage striking system tip heavily in favor of characters performing well on Final Destination, and attempting to remedy this by merging the three into a single strike was deemed to make the process too complex and unwieldy for tournaments to proceed quickly and efficiently. It was decided that only two of them would be merged. Nintendo 3DS, being the smallest of the three and having often-complained about ledges that disrupt certain characters' recoveries (comparable to those of Lylat Cruise in Super Smash Bros. Brawl), made it "the odd one out".
Unlike most banned stages, Nintendo 3DS is still playable in tournaments through the Modified Gentleman's Clause, in which Waiting Room and Nintendo 3DS may be agreed upon by both players in addition to legal stages.
The Nintendo 3DS is Nintendo's sixth video game handheld console, released in 2011, and is an autostereoscopic device capable of projecting stereoscopic 3D effects without the use of 3D glasses or additional accessories. This could be interpreted, somehow, as the player interacting with the games from a more real perspective thanks to the depth perception. In SSF2, this goes even further to the point where fighters actually interact with the 3DS as the games literally "come out" of the device. The concept of fighting on top of a massive Nintendo 3DS is inspired by Mario Kart DS, which features a battle course called Nintendo DS that takes place atop the titular system floating in outer space.
The Nintendo 3DS was released worldwide in two different colors: Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black. Among the other colors that were released in the following years include: Flame Red, Pearl Pink, Ice White, Cobalt Blue, and Midnight Purple. Orange and green colorations were displayed when the Nintendo 3DS was first announced at E3 2010 but were not released to public. The yellow coloration has never been publicly shown by Nintendo.
BIT.TRIP BEAT is an arcade-style music game developed by Gaijin Games and the first installment of the BIT.TRIP series. This game is not available on the Nintendo 3DS on its own and is instead included in the compilation BIT.TRIP SAGA. It is an arcade-style game where the player controls a paddle whose job is to reflect incoming beats to gain score. This paddle is in SSF2 and reflects incoming squares that can harm the fighters.
Mutant Mudds is 2D platformer developed by Renegade Kid in which the player must make use of the 3D capabilities of the 3DS to jump out into the background or foreground in order to overcome obstacles and enemies. The platforms popping out from the bottom in SSF2 seems to be based on said ability for the players to change between the background and foreground, considering some platforms of the same kind are visible on the 3DS top screen.
Tetris: Axis is a puzzle game developed by Hudson Soft and BANDAI which makes use of the 3DS capabilities and offers a lot of game modes and special content. It follows the same gameplay structure of other Tetris games, in which players drop "Tetriminos" to fill horizontal rows and make them disappear. As Tetris: Axis is the original Tetris game for the 3DS, it appears on the 3DS stage where the tetrominoes fall from above and plays like a normal Tetris game, though they actually work as platforms and can land on players, damaging them. This is the only game featured in the stage that is no longer available; it was discontinued and removed from the Nintendo eShop at the end of 2014 in favor of its sequel, Tetris: Ultimate.
VVVVVV is a 2D puzzle platform game developed by Terry Cavanagh in which the player controls Captain Viridian, who is unable to jump but can change gravity to overcome obstacles. The gravity changing mechanic is implemented into SSF2 and characters continuously fall and rise on the stage. There is a minimal difference, however: whereas in VVVVVV the player stands on the ceiling when the gravity is changed, as Captain Viridian does on the top screen on the stage, in SSF2 fighters stay in the same position and cannot stand on the underside of the stage.
The color of the Nintendo 3DS is randomly selected after picking the stage. There are colors that have more chances to appear than others, with Aqua Blue being the most common, followed by Cosmo Black and Flame Red. Pearl Pink, Cobalt Blue, Ice White, and Midnight Purple each have a 12% of chance of appearing. The rarest are the unreleased orange and green variants, which have a chance of appearing of 1/400. There is also a never-seen custom yellow variant that only appears under special conditions.
- Prior to the stage's inclusion, it was initially planned for SSF2 to feature a stage taking place on a Nintendo DS, but it was changed to a Nintendo 3DS during development likely due to the discontinuation of the Nintendo DS.
- The orange, green, and yellow colorations of this stage are not present in the stage's preview on the stage selection screen, possibly due to their rarities.
- So far, this is the only stage to have specially made palette swaps selected randomly every time the stage is selected.
- It was initially thought that ＣＬＥＯＤＢＯＴ's face may appear on the bottom screen of the orange and green colorations due to developer Jamal Ransaw saying such. However, an examination of the game's files revealed that this was a joke.
- If a player has their name set to "Refurin", "Jamal", or "ElvisDitto", the stage will automatically be set to the yellow, orange, or red coloration, respectively. This references each of the aforementioned developers' favorite color.