Super Smash Bros. 3DS Demo Now Available in North America

Try out the handheld version of the new mascot fighter two weeks before it goes on sale.

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Update: If you weren't already able to secure access to the demo, it's now freely available on the 3DS eShop.

Original Story: You'll have the chance to see whether the 3DS version of the new Super Smash Bros. is for you in just a week's time, as Nintendo today announced a playable demo will be released in North America next Friday, September 19.

This information comes by way of today's Nintendo live stream. The demo consists of the same content seen in the recent Japanese demo release; there are five characters (Mario, Link, Pikachu, Villager, and Mega Man) and the Battlefield stage. The demo includes support for local multiplayer and, like other Nintendo demos, can be opened no more than 30 times.

It's possible you'll get the chance to play the game even sooner than next week. Club Nintendo members who reached Platinum status between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, have registered 3DS hardware of software, and have elected to receive Club Nintendo emails will be sent an email today granting them four codes for early access to the demo.

If you're not a Platinum member you're not completely out of luck for today: we'll be livestreaming the game today at 2PM PT (5PM ET/10PM BST). You can watch that right here.

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS launches in North America on October 3. The Wii U version launches sometime later this year. Check out a full list of confirmed characters (including some we learned about through a leak) right here.

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