Nintendo’s hype machine was hard at work on Thursday when their Nintendo Direct video cast blew the lid off of one of the most anticipated games the Nintendo Switch faithful have been waiting to play. Super Smash Bros. is coming to Switch in 2018.
It’s a huge announcement for Switch owners who have seen Nintendo’s own first-party games for the partially-portable console, like Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, garner many game of the year accolades. Super Smash Bros. will undoubtedly continue the Switch’s reign as a must-own console and will help give Nintendo reason to continue bolstering the Switch’s online capabilities, since Smash’s multiplayer competitive online component will be an essential part of the game.
The community is already in an uproar, picking apart the official trailer (see above) that Nintendo released for the slightest hints of when the game is coming and who is set to appear in it.
Super Smash Bros. was originally a Nintendo 64 title that made use of the N64’s local four-player abilities and fueled fans addictions throughout its many iterations on Nintendo’s consequent consoles. It’s a beloved fighting game that offers up plenty of iconic video games into the brawls and has spawned several esport tournaments where the best players in the world face off.
Much remains to be seen about how Smash will take shape on the Switch. While the trailer Nintendo dropped today seems to confirm the addition of even more characters from Nintendo’s deep coffers — Inklings from Splatoon and an updated BotW Link are locks for the roster — it remains to be seen if this will be a simple port/update of Super Smash Bros. for WiiU or an entirely new game. Either way, there’s no denying that Nintendo’s fan base is being given even more of what they want as Nintendo continues to steamroll with the Switch, delivering game after game that are marked by Ninty’s AAA polish, laced with nostalgia and loaded with the inherently fun gameplay that have made Nintendo a leader in the industry for over three decades.
We eagerly await more details, especially a launch date and official roster for Super Smash Bros. on Switch, and we can't wait to start stomping the competition as Link once again.