Since first appearing on the Nintendo 64 back in the late 90s, the Super Smash Bros series has evolved from a Nintendo-only brawler into a competitive beast featuring cameos from nearly every walk of life. It was only natural that once the Nintendo Switch hit its stride, a Smash Bros title would be close behind.
WHEN WAS IT ANNOUNCED?
Burning it into the retinas of the Inkling Girl as well as fans alike, Nintendo dropped this hot little number in their Nintendo Direct on March 8, 2018. Despite only being an announcement trailer, you could almost guarantee that the big N is working hard behind the scenes to get it out sooner rather than later.
WHERE WILL WE SEE IT?
Nintendo has basically confirmed we will see it prominently at E3 this year; and while long gone are the days where we get Shigeru Miyamoto or Reggie Fils-Aime up on stage to give us the goods, we will likely see more in Nintendo’s E3 showcase video.
WHEN WILL IT RELEASE?
Here’s the burning question! Nintendo’s line-up this year compared to last has been a little more sparse, but I would quietly pencil in a Holiday or pre-Christmas 2018 release to boost those sales numbers. With Nintendo’s previous titles, you can almost guarantee a demo or Global Test will hit sooner rather than later.
WHAT DO WE WANT TO SEE?
Characters! One of the biggest speculative discussions is who will show up in the character roster for Smash Bros, and fans will be absolutely frothing to see who makes the cut this time. Nintendo have shown they’re willing to go that little bit further too; having seen the likes of Snake, Ryu and Bayonetta in the past. Some say that Crash could be due for an appearance (the game is hitting Switch after all) while others will continuously argue the point that Ridley from Metroid is NOT too big to fit the game and can easily work as a playable character. We already can guess that the Inklings from Splatoon 2 will be there, but will we see characters from other new franchises as well? ARMS is one that comes to mind.
Other points of interest would be whether or not we see a return to the Adventure Mode from Brawl (with the Subspace Emissary) or some kind of similar mode, as fans hoped would appear in the previous instalment. Either way, you can guarantee this will be a console seller one way or another, so keep your eyes peeled for a release date.