Nintendo held a Nintendo Direct recently, discussing a number of upcoming projects including Mario Tennis Aces, Kirby Star Allies, ports of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Darks Souls, and Okami, and quite a bit more. It was a great Direct, even considering that Nintendo has been knocking these out of the park for some time. Then they decided to floor everybody, by announcing that Super Smash Brothers is coming to the Nintendo Switch. Now, everybody knew Smash was going to come to the Switch eventually, it was inevitable. But it’s coming to the Switch soon. As in within the year. That’s right, Smash Switch has been given a tentative release date within the 2018 calendar year, which raises a key question: is this a new installment in the franchise, or is this a port of 2014’s Super Smash Bros. for Wii U? Hold on to your butts, kids, we’ve got a trailer to dissect.
Okay, so it’s more of a teaser. Despite being only a minute and fourteen seconds long, the announcement trailer sheds light on some rather juicy details. The most obvious here is the appearance of the Inklings from Splatoon, which was released about half a year after Smash for Wii U, featured in the trailer.
The more subtle indicator that this is going to be more than just a straight port is that the Link featured in the trailer is the one from 2017’s smash hit Breath of the Wild rather than the Link from 2007’s Twilight Princess that we’ve been accustomed to since Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The four year period of time between Smash 4 and this game leads some to believe that this project will fall somewhere between a port and a new iteration. However, I believe that it’s important to note that there was only a two year, eleven month gap in between the original Smash and it’s sequel, Melee.
So, who do you think is going to make the roster this time around? (Hint: Not Ridley.)