Smashers can search for games among friends or anonymous public players; oddly, the game will track stats for games played with friends, but not for those played with random players. Like other first-party online Nintendo games, Super Smash Bros. Brawl will make use of numeric friend codes to populate its in-game friends list. It is not clear if these codes will be drawn from the system friends list or a game-specific list, but precedent suggests the latter is likely.
In between matches, a punching bag mini-game is available. During battles, players can send four customizable text messages by way of the four directions on the d-pad.
Nintendo promises multiple gameplay modes and "a number of services" that make use of online and have yet to be revealed. The game releases in North America on December 3.