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Nintendo announced that Super Smash. Bros 3DS will be getting a demo prior to the game's launch in North America and Europe. Select 3DS owners are already receiving download codes for the demo.
"Today, Club Nintendo members who have achieved Platinum status between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, have registered Nintendo 3DS hardware or software, and have opted in to receive emails from Club Nintendo will receive an email containing four download codes for the demo," Nintendo announced on Friday.
You can share your extra codes with friends who own a 3DS or 2DS. They'll be able to play the demo regardless of whether they're Club Nintendo members. Some gamers are also giving away their surplus through online communities like r/Nintendo.
The Super Smash. Bros 3DS demo allows players to compete with each other via local multiplayer. They can use five playable characters (Mario, Link, Pikachu, Villager and Mega Man) in matches on the Battlefield level. There's no limit to how much you can play the demo other than your boredom. Here's some footage from the demo courtesy of a Club Nintendo member:
If you can't get a code for the Super Smash Bros. demo, don't worry about it. Everyone with a 2DS or 3DS will be able to download the demo through the Nintendo eShop starting on September 19th. The public demo does have a limit on how many times you can play, though.
"This demo includes the same content and features as the Club Nintendo demo that select members will receive one week earlier, and can be opened from the Nintendo 3DS Home Menu a maximum of 30 times," Nintendo says. "A Nintendo Network ID is required to download either the Club Nintendo or Nintendo eShop demo."
Gamers who don't even own a 3DS/2DS will get a chance to play the demo as well. Nintendo says that select retailers will have demo kiosks starting on the 19th as well. They don't actually mention which stores will have these kiosks, though. Best Buy hosted special preview events for Super Smash Bros. earlier this summer, however, so they may be involved with this latest push.
Super Smash Bros. launched on 3DS in Japan today. Europe and North America will receive the game on October 3rd. You can check out the full roster for the game here.