Super Smash Bros Switch Port or New Game?

Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros Invitational 2018

It hasn’t been long since the past Nintendo Direct confirmed the announcement of Super Smash Bros for the Nintendo Switch. Since then, fans around the world have been chomping at the bit, guessing whether it would be a port of Super Smash Bros for Wii U or a new game entirely. A recent announcement from Nintendo about the game could give a better idea of which it will be.

Super Smash Bros Invitational

Nintendo announced today that they will be hosting the Splatoon 2 World Championship at E3 2018 along with an invitational for the upcoming Super Smash Bros game. Because of this, it’s clear that the Big N won’t just be showing footage of the game. Instead, there will also be a playable build open to people on the floor.

In order to host something on this scale, Nintendo would have to be fairly far in development of the game. Considering that Sakurai finished working on Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS in 2016, that doesn’t give him a lot of time to put together an entirely new game with all-new characters, stages, and mechanics for the Nintendo Switch.

A Wii U Port

While the initial trailer seemed to point at the new game being an entirely new release, the idea that Nintendo will be hosting a fully playable build of the game in just three months could mean that this is an enhanced port of the Wii U version. Two years would certainly give Sakurai ample time to port the game over and pack in a ton of new content. This would also be the easy route, as the Wii U version is already the biggest in the series. The idea of topping the massive roster of that game seems ludicrous in just a couple of years.

Super Smash Bros 5

As stated before, the reveal trailer for the new Smash Bros led many to speculate that it would be a new game. The Inklings and a Breath of the Wild version of Link were already confirmed for the game. While the very quick release date could be reflective of a Wii U port, there isn’t any tangible information to support this claim. Nintendo has been putting together a rock solid strategy on how to make the Switch a success while the Wii U was still alive, so it’s not outlandish to think that they planned a new Super Smash Bros from the very start.

There are no trademarks that indicate that it’s a revamped version of an old game and Bandai Namco hasn’t been attached to the project in any way. Nintendo did show footage from Super Smash Bros for Wii U in the video about the Smash Bros Invitational, but that was likely because they didn’t want to reveal any footage from the game just yet (a random announcement in the middle of the day certainly wouldn’t be the place to do it).

To Port or Not to Port

The results are inconclusive right now, but we’ll hear more about the game when E3 2018 takes place. In the meantime, do you think that Super Smash Bros on the Switch will be a port or a new game?


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