I know, I know, you guys probably hate all the stuff Japan’s getting first, or at least hating that the 3DS is region locked. Trust me, I’m right there with you, except that… well, I at least get to play. For those who have a Japanese 3DS, go to the eshop. Go to Smash Bros page. Click this icon:
Then click the wave icon, followed by the right most option until the game starts. Be warned, as the game will display your real life name you registered your system with (and if you didn’t register it, I don’t think you can download the game, sorry!). The left side option once the game has been launched is just for you to play against the computer. The right side is for local play, if you have friends nearby that also have a Japanese 3DS and Smash fever (lucky you!). Only Mario, Link, Pikachu, Villager (Murabito), and Mega/Rock Man are available, and only on Battlefield (Senjyou), but hey, better than nothing! And considering it’s on your account, perhaps that means the coins will carry over in case you get the full version. I’ll be able to test in few days as the game releases here and I do some live blogging.
Edit: Update! You can hit “X” on the level screen to change Battlefield into a single, flat platform just like Final Destination (Shuuten).