In today's Smash Bros. Pic of the Day, game creator Masahiro Sakurai pulled open the curtain on the menu for the 3DS version of the newest Smash Bros. game.
Sakurai provided a few words along with the picture, informing us on a few details of the top screen's menu which interestingly has an icon that says "Challenge" which is something we haven't heard about yet.
"For the first time ever, I present to you...the main menu for the 3DS version!! The icons are even animated. The design concept may look similar if you've played other games I've worked on."
There certainly is a ton of similarities between this menu and other Sakurai made games. It is very similar to the main menu in Super Smash Bros. Brawl stylistically and it also mimics the style of the menu in Kid Icarus: Uprising, another Sakurai made 3DS game.
As for the bottom screen, Sakurai explains that there were some troubles when it came to putting its design together. In the end however, the result seems pretty inviting and informative, especially for newer Smash Bros. players.
"The bottom screen displays pictures matching each mode! This was quite a task for the UI (User Interface) designers, but they made it happen. Kudos to them! You can tap the screen to look up additional info like how to play--complete with diagrams."
The "SMASH" icon will obviously take you to the character select screen to get right into battles. "Smash Run" is the new mode that was introduced that features your character running around collecting power-ups before heading into a fight.
The other two prominent icons seen are new, but it's pretty easy to assume what they are for. "Challenge" will most likely be similar to the "Event Mode" that we have seen in past Smash Bros. games, giving you a interesting set of rules to follow in a battle. "Games & More" will probably have info like stats as well as trophies and character bios.
What we do know for sure is that the release of Smash Bros. for the 3DS is coming up, and Sakurai is making sure you are ready for it. The game looks great, and now we have our first look at the screen we will be spending quite a bit of time on.