2018 looks to be a solid year for Nintendo Switch gamers, with a roster of exciting games including a Yoshi-themed title planned for release. While that’s impressive enough, a rumour that appeared in early February suggested that Nintendo is also planning to launch Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo Switch this year.
Then, in a March 2018 Nintendo Direct, the company confirmed that the rumour is true, and that Super Smash Bros is headed to the Nintendo Switch in 2018. Will it be enough to make it one of the best Nintendo Switch games of the year?
In a post on ResetEra, Rogers shared (admittedly light) details about the game, which we go into in more detail below. While the insider provided valuable information about the upcoming game, she couldn’t specify whether it’d be marketed as a “deluxe definitive edition port” like MarioKart 8 Deluxe, a “half-sequel” or a “full sequel”.
Here’s everything we know about Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Switch, from the possible release date to what to expect from the game in terms of gameplay.
Super Smash Bros for Switch release date
So, when are we likely to see the Super Smash Bros port for the Nintendo Switch come to market? According to Nintendo, the game is set for release this year, although there's no word on when in 2018 it'll be released.
It’s probably also worth pointing out that Nintendo has a decent-sized presence at E3 2018 in June, and the company has confirmed that it'll host a Super Smash Bros tournament during the show.
It'll be the first chance that gamers have to go hands-on with the game, but it's sadly invitation-only and limited to 'top players'. Speaking to Polygon, Nintendo's Senior Product Marketing Manager Bill Trinen said that it'd be a similar format to the E3 2014 Super Smash Bros Invitational. “We want to have an event that showcases a really high level of play,” he said. “We want it to be fun for the players, fun for the fans in attendance and for those streaming at home. We want to have matchups that people want to see.”
Considering the fact that Nintendo will have a playable version of the game in June suggests it's near-completion, so we predict that Nintendo will release it in September or October, just in time to cash in on Christmas sales.
We will, of course, update this section with more information as soon as we receive it, so head back soon for the latest release date news.
Super Smash Bros for Switch platforms
If you couldn’t already tell, Super Smash Bros, like much of what is developed by Nintendo, is a platform-exclusive.
After all, the Nintendo-exclusive game is already available on the Wii U and 3DS so the company (probably) doesn't feel the need to re-release the older games alongside the Switch variant.
Super Smash Bros for Switch gameplay
So, what should we expect from the Nintendo Switch port of the hugely popular Wii U and 3DS games? Officially, we don't know too much; during the initial reveal for the game during Nintendo Direct, we were treated to a small teaser trailer and not much else. The trailer featured favourites like Mario alongside more recent superstars like Inklings from the Splatoon series. That trailer is available to watch at the top of this page!
Unofficially? According to the initial leak of the game, Super Smash Bros for the Nintendo Switch will allegedly offer the base game available on older consoles along with a bunch of new content to make it appealing enough for Nintendo gamers to re-buy.
We imagine that Nintendo will go down the route of MarioKart 8 Deluxe and will offer the standard base game along with a handful of changes - be it a new game mode or a larger roster of characters - and market it as a ‘Deluxe’ version of the original game.
This theory is backed up by Emily Rogers, who claims that Nintendo has “added brand new content” alongside re-working “some of the existing Wii U/3DS content”. Although with that being said, every Super Smash Bros game has built upon the previous game while adding new characters and elements and Nintendo classes them as new entries to the franchise, so it could be marketed as a sequel to the older version of the game.
While it involves a little bit of guesswork right now, we imagine that we’re not too far away from an official announcement of the game. Of course, we’ll be adding the latest Super Smash Bros news to this article as we receive it, so make sure you check back soon for the latest Super Smash Bros for Switch news.