Nintendo has revealed that its new Super Smash Bros. title is going to be available to play very soon, with the game set to star at the E3 2018 expo. The Super Smash Bros. franchise, which pits memorable characters from Nintendo properties and beyond against each other in a fighting game scenario, is one of the most beloved by Nintendo fans, with the release for each generation of console always being seen as one of the best that Nintendo has to offer.
So far, the Nintendo Switch has lacked a Super Smash Bros. game to call its own, but that is going to change this year. Nintendo announced earlier this month that Super Smash Bros. for the Switch is arriving in 2018, teasing players with a trailer that included Inklings from Splatoon and Link dressed in his attire from Breath of the Wild. However, fans were then left waiting for more details - including when the game could be seen in action.
Thankfully, Nintendo has now laid that particular mystery to rest. Super Smash Bros. for the Switch is going to be at E3 2018 in a playable format, as revealed by Nintendo itself. The company is running an invitational tournament with a hand-picked group of players to show off Super Smash Bros. in the wild, which is a similar strategy to what Nintendo did for Splatoon 2 at E3 2017. As a matter of fact, Splatoon 2 will also have its own World Championship at the event this year.
Both tournaments will take place on 11 and 12 June, which is likely to be just after Nintendo's own event for the expo as a whole. The company has not confirmed whether Super Smash Bros. will then be playable by E3 attendees outside of those chosen to take part in the tournament, but it seems probable given that Super Smash Bros. is expected to release in line with Nintendo's paid-for online service this September.
It will certainly be interesting to see what form this Super Smash Bros. game is in. Some have suggested that the game may be quite similar to the Smash offering for Wii U, which was released back in 2014. After all, the Switch saw an improved version of Mario Kart 8 released, and although Mario Kart 8 Deluxe had improvements the core game was the same as the Wii U version.
Either way, it's clear that at the very least the roster for Super Smash Bros. Switch is getting a revamp. Here's hoping Nintendo steers clear of any awful Super Smash Bros. characters this time around, and instead brings some real surprises. Given that Microsoft is open to adding Banjo to Smash, it looks like anything is possible.