The folks over at Polygon spotted reports of a weird glitch in the new Super Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is already out in Japan, and some players have posted videos and pictures of Smash Bros. characters blown up to monstrous proportions. It would seem the first recorded instance comes from YouTube user pikatto64 (whose video is embedded below), who rightfully says in the video description, “This glitch only works in Multi Man Smash.”
I tested the glitch myself (that’s a photo from my copy of the game up there at the top of the page), and I can confirm that it is both very fun and very easy to reproduce. It’s a little too easy to trigger, honestly, to the point where you have to wonder how the heck this made it into the final version of the game.
Here’s how it works: At set points in the various “Multi-Man Smash” modes, a slightly supersized character—the same size and shape of a character who has been roided up by your everyday Super Mushroom item—will appear to put a stop to your destruction. (That part is supposed to happen.) To trigger the glitch, you play one of these modes as Yoshi and attack your supersized foe by eating him and turning them into an egg—standard Yoshi stuff. Every time you do it, your target will get even bigger, to the point where all your opponent can do is walk around and try not to accidentally suicide on one of the killzones at the edges of the screen.
As far as I can tell, it works on any enlarged character that shows up in the “Multi-Man Smash” modes. In 10-Man Smash, the super-sized opponent will always be another Yoshi, but it varies in the other setups. It’s something to try when the game comes out here in the U.S., unless Nintendo issues a patch by then—there’s no word from the company on a fix.