Super Smash Bros. For 3DS Lets You Listen To Music In Sleep Mode

By Ishaan . August 22, 2014 . 8:30am

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has a cool feature built into it—the ability to listen to music from the game while the 3DS is in Sleep Mode. Director Masahiro Sakurai revealed the feature on Miiverse last night.


“The 3DS version has an excellent Sounds collection! The design looks nice for a sound test screen, doesn’t it?” Sakurai said in a Miiverse post.


“The font color for the ‘Remix’ text on remixed songs comes in pink or white,” he explained. “The pink ones are songs arranged for this version of Super Smash Bros., while the white ones are remixes made in earlier Smash Bros. games. This means there are reoccuring songs from past releases.”


Sakurai then went on to explain the “Play in Sleep Mode” feature.


“Choose your songs and play with features on the bottom screen,” Sakurai wrote. “You can listen to character voices, too. One of the new highlights for this feature is the ‘Play in Sleep Mode’ option in the upper right. If you turn this on, you can listen to the tracks with your headphones even when your Nintendo 3DS is closed.”


“The L and R Buttons will let you skip tracks. This means you can use it as a portable music player. Enjoy listening to the tracks you love by putting all songs in loop, shuffle, or selecting your favorite tracks!!”


You can view a list of the composers providing music for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS in this post.

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  • Can I love this man any more…?

    • Namuro

      Well, you can marry him. But you’ll have to get in line.

      • HarakiriKami

        Yeah way behind his cat and his wife.

        And his newly introduced Shiba-Inu

        • Namuro

          I like how you bring up the cat before the missus. LOL

  • Kudan

    That’s great, i rarely listen to a game soundtrack when it’s in game and specially if you have to change song yourself, it seems i’ll be listening to this one a lot.

  • The Watcher

    Now that’s innovative.

    • British_Otaku

      It is unusual for games but something that every developer had access to work with as I believe Recochoku, homebrew DS software, Super Mario 64 DS (it plays a sound clip when closed, it doesn’t just go silent) and BlazBlue CS2 do similar things.

      BlazBlue CS2 is actually an odd exception as it is a port which was clearly undercooked to the point of having no sleep mode (though the screen switches off), but that lets you go to the sound test and listen just like this even if it by accident.

    • chocodino




    ….. okay XD that was weird dood.

    • Invisbin

      It was great because I instantly knew what was up lol. Love that rap.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    sweet! going to use it as a radio when I’m relaxing

  • Jordan Ortiz

    Wish I could listen to my own music while the 3ds was closed.

    • British_Otaku

      You can.

      Pretty sure you don’t even need Recochoku (really good iTunes equivalent in Japan), I’m listening to Bloody Stream right now using Nintendo 3DS Sound which is free software that every 3DS comes with. Recochoku are cool enough to let me listen to licensed tracks I buy with Nintendo 3DS Sound and also MP3 files and such.

      When I close the 3DS, it continues playing but they have minigames and even a view of your screenshots you can play/watch if the screen is open while the sound goes on.

      • Jordan Ortiz

        As it turns out I just needed headohones for it to work while closed, never realized it. Thanks for the post.

  • British_Otaku

    My 3DS and I are going to be even more inseparable. The only other 3DS or DS software offering this sort of experience I remember are homebrew software and Recochoku (think iTunes). I guess BlazBlue CS2 let me listen to tracks while the system is closed but it was the sign of a poor port as it never went to sleep mode no matter where you close it.

    • HarakiriKami

      Oh lol I totally forgot that lmao.

      Its a great single player game though. It was the first 3DS game I got actually. Clocked over 200 hours to 100% it.

      Then i bought streetfighter for 15$ when I wanted some multiplayer lol.I should get dead or alive too.

      • British_Otaku

        Yeah, despite being a lazy port from the PSP, I poured in over 100 hours onto my Japanese download (mostly Makoto fighting Abyss mode) and onto finishing most of the stories on an English retail copy each. Unfortunately, we can’t do local multiplayer between Japanese and UK copies and with online not being an option, it is really a brilliant single player experience but could be even more if they went a little further.

        I’ll pick up Street Fighter eventually and my little brother really enjoys Dead or Alive Dimensions. It seems worth a look in the future.

        I wish we got more fighting games on the 3DS, BlazBlue is my favourite fighting series thanks to CS2 alone (and some sessions of CSE) but the 3DS platform has been starved for fighting games for over 2 years.

        I suppose I’m ignoring some licensed games but even with a Japanese 3DS, I haven’t spotted any promising fighters in this long, One Piece Super Grand Battle X should be really good, but we have really waited.

    • Link

      Theatrythm does this as well. So if your into FF music this is right up your alley.

      • British_Otaku

        The closest I’ve came to playing FF is Bravely Default and starting to play The Last Story, but I did have a good time with the demos of Theatrhythm and enjoyed the FF melodies that I’ve been forced to hear just by going on gaming sites or watching videos.

        If I can hear the tunes perfectly without having to watch a demonstration, with the 3DS closed and all… I’ll have to pick them up sooner than later, though I’ll probably play at least one FF game first. >_>

  • Namuro

    That’s pretty neat!

  • Aaron K Stone

    Are they getting past the 3 song per stage limit by combining tracks then?

    • VenerableSage

      Might explain all of the talented composers they’re bringing on. I mean, as seen in Brawl, they’re going to remix tracks anyway, but might as well turn them into mashups/medleys and incorporate more music in that way while you’re at it…

  • Kroz

    Sakurai, how do you know i want things before I knew I wanted them 0.0

  • Snorlaxation

    I like this feature. Hopefully it doesn’t horribly waste the battery or anything.

    • HarakiriKami

      The 3DS lasts about as long as the DS did in sleep mode actually.

      And like I said above, it pretty much lasts forever in sleep mode even if the lights start flashing red(This helps me out when hounding for streetpasses after 12 hours at a theme park)

      • Snorlaxation

        Awesome info, and thank you

  • AuraGuyChris

    It’s kind of a shame the 3DS version can only afford two tracks per stage.

    • HarakiriKami

      No sakurai just was being stingy.

      The thing is only 2.1 gb’s 3DS cards go up to 8gbs

      • Kouji Tamino

        I guess everyone’s stingy then. Unless the compression sucks or it’s a game with a ton of assets very rarely do 3DS games push 2GBs.

        • HarakiriKami

          Bravely default is 4 gb’s

          • Kouji Tamino

            Yes, and that’s a fairly large game. A soundtrack performed with live instruments and voice acting throughout the entire game in both English and Japanese. Audio especially takes up a ton of space which is why it tends to suffer the most when it comes to compression.

      • gquain

        T-Think about those of us who buy it digitally!

  • Suicunesol

    Hasn’t anyone here ever used the 3DS Sound App?

    • Not much reason to use it, if you think about it. The fact that it can’t multitask kind of defeats the purpose…

      • Suicunesol

        My question still stands. I’m not saying it’s the music player of choice, but it has a lot of cool gimmicks and features you can use to play your music in unique ways, along with mini-games that change with the music’s beat and tempo. It has a lot of trademark Nintendo charm.

        It’s not meant to compete with standard music players. 3DS is a game console. That is why I think Nintendo made the Sound App the way they did. And it’s such a shame that some people didn’t even try it.

        And you know what else?! Look at all these people going all ga-ga for this Smash Bros. sleep feature! Any phone or Ipod can play music, but these people are still excited. That tells me that people would use the Sound App if only they knew it existed.

        • Music takes up valuable SD Card space and all this music is in the game already

          • Byron Kerrison II


            And, IIRC, the music files you wanted to play in the app had to be a specific format which I had to go through loops to convert it too just to put it on my SD Card and be played.

          • HarakiriKami

            It plays most variants of MP3 files.

            Dont know what you were doing

          • Byron Kerrison II

            The last time I honestly bothered to use the app was on the DSi and it did NOT take MP3s. But my current SD Card inserted into my 3DS right now has MP3s and it’s not letting me play them so… I don’t know what I could possibly be doing otherwise…

          • HarakiriKami

            You reformatted them for the DSi probably.

          • HarakiriKami

            ^ Ha that’s why I bought a 32gb card for my 3DS

        • Ruins72

          except i tried it and hated it. So no, people likely wouldn’t. It’s not a good music player. The psp is actually my music player of choice, over ipods and phones and everything else

          • HarakiriKami

            Sound too low for you?

          • Ruins72

            kind of, and i really don’t like the layout of the player.

          • HarakiriKami


        • My biggest gripe with 3DS Sound is it doesn’t have the ability to skip tracks using the L and R buttons. Instead the app uses them for those stupidly useless percussion sounds.

      • HarakiriKami

        3DS is not powerful enough to run music and an app at the same time.

        I put the thing in sleep mode and walk with it ( or listen to music on it while sleeping my self)

        Ha did you know the 3DS can literally last another week when the red light is flashing if you leave it in sleep mode and never open it?

    • Cionyl

      My 3DS is my primary MP3 player so I do on a very, very regular basis.

      • HarakiriKami

        Oh thank god, I thought I was the only one.

        • chocodino

          also my pimary AAC Player

  • This is….. Actually one of the coolest features I’ve ever seen.

    All that glorious smash music at your fingertips in sleep mode? Free access to the monstrous and uber amazing OST for Smash full of orchestrated remixes and the like for numerous franchises that we all know and love?

    All this with the ability to make playlists for the road and the like?

    YES YES YES. That is almost just too good to be true. It seems my iPod is gonna take the day (or month, or year) off.


    • Jeffrey Thrash

      Thanks, indeed. This is like how the NiGHTS and most Sonic games came with a sound test, except I can listen while working!

  • Kornelious

    You read my mind Sakurai….You read my mind :D

  • Yan Zhao

    This is really neat.

  • ShugoTakahashi

    Project mirai 2 did it first!

    • Kouji Tamino

      Final Fantasy IV for the DS did it first.

  • Blizzagan

    I SO wanna listen to Groose’s theme music

  • Tienron


  • triablos

    Ballad of the goddess is my favourite Zelda track. Kinda weird how a reversed song is so good. The harp solo at the beginning is fucking amazing and it’s the best part of the song

  • YES!
    More 3ds games need to do this~

  • Go2hell66

    can you say battery drain?

    • Do you play music on your 3DS? If so, how long does it last?

  • Skye Johnson

    As a game OST fan, this feature pleases me immensely. Also glad to see Ballad of the Goddess.

  • keithmaxx

    I wish the same were also in Theatrhythm…

  • Raltrios

    Outstanding. Great idea to include a feature like this!

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