With Anyone is one of two options for online play. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl's version of this mode, the player can play with people they don't know. The opponent(s) will not know their name or any information about them. There will also be no battle records kept for this mode. With Anyone contains three different options.
The player can battle online with unknown players from around the world. Choosing a character is limited to 45 seconds to prevent stalling. Everyone can cast a vote on what stage to play on and what items to turn on or off using coins. If a person were to leave in the middle of a match, the match would end for that player and be sent back to the Wi-Fi selection screen, while the player will be replaced with a CPU player.
In this mode, players can watch other people's battles. Spectators can bet up to 100 coins on a player/team that they think will win the match. If the selected player/team wins, there is a jackpot and spectators receive roughly x4 the amount of coins bet (x2 for Team Battles). Occasionally, there will be a bonus round (denoted by a treasure chest), which rewards more coins for betting successfully. Winning bets during a bonus round will also earn spectators a bonus prize from the chest, which could double the amount of coins won, be a sticker bundle, a trophy, or a CD. Stickers can also be won for losing bets.
Team battle will not allow 2 Players on the same Wii facing 2 other players unlike With Friends Mode. Instead, players are randomly matched with someone for a partner, and battles two other player on a team with Team Attack off. There must be 4 players to start a With Anyone Team Brawl on Wi-Fi. A Team Battle player is unable to change their character's color, and the team colors are randomly chosen as Red or Blue.
Online play returns in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and addresses much of the problems in its previous incarnation from Brawl. Two distinct game modes are available: For Fun and For Glory.
This mode allows for battling more on the fun side instead of being competitive. In this mode, all items are enabled, as is every stage except for Final Destination and any stage's Omega forms. Only the player's number of wins are recorded. Two battle modes are present in For Fun: a free-for-all Smash and a 2-on-2 Team Smash, both 2-minute Time battles.
This mode on the other hand, allows for more competitive play catered to more experienced players. Items are disabled and the only stages available are Final Destination and Omega form stages. Wins, losses, and other stats are recorded. For Glory adds a third battle mode in addition to the two present in For Fun: a 1-on-1 Smash, which is a 2-stock battle instead of a Time battle, much like the settings of competitive tournaments.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, With Anyone games were not moderated, leading to the rising occurrence of taunt matches. Because of this, the developers created safeguards to ensure those would not happen in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Players can be ejected from a game if they are reported by other players, or if the game recognizes certain patterns. If they are ejected enough times, they can be banned from online play for a certain amount of time.
Actions which can cause the player to be ejected include:
- Not moving
- Repeatedly using one move
- Repeatedly self-destruct
- Frequently drop out (for any reason)
- Cheat (stated as "other abuses of the system")
- Teaming up on one player in a 3 or 4 player match
- Falsely reporting another player
Bans can last from one week to three months. The state of being banned is colloquially referred to as "Smash Hell".