E3 2018 Update: It's true! Every Smash Bros. character ever returns for Ultimate!
A supposed leak about Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch has claimed that the game will see the entire roster (with a few new additions) from Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3Ds make the leap to the new game. Smash Bros. for Switch is one of Nintendo's biggest upcoming games of 2018, if not one of the biggest games overall. Despite all the hype, there isn't much that's known about the latest entry in the franchise.
Smash Bros. for Switch was announced at the end of Nintendo's first Direct presentation of 2018 with a mysterious and tantalizing teaser trailer. More details will undoubtedly be released at E3 2018 next month, where Smash for Switch will be playable. However, this latest leak seems to preempt the announcement with huge parts of the game being detailed. If true, the leak sounds like everything Smash players want (and more) from the Switch version.
The leak comes from Reddit user u/DasVergeben. According to the post, Super Smash Bros. for Switch is a sequel to the game that was released for Wii U and 3Ds in 2014; it's not a port. However, it will reuse assets and, of course, playable characters from the first game.
The leaker claims that entire roster from Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3Ds will be available on Switch. This means all 58 characters, including those who released as downloadable content, will be available at launch. The interesting thing is that they'll be joined by at least four newcomers. The inklings from Splatoon have already been revealed. Yet, according to the leak, Ice Climbers will return after sitting on the previous game. Joining the Ice Climbers will be newcomers Simon Belmont from Castlevania and Metroid villain Ridley.
This rumor should be taken with a serious grain of salt. The Reddit user, who has attempted to leak game details several times before, admits that their sources have not always been right. Supposedly this leak comes from their "proven" sources who have always been correct. These same source are ones that helped user u/DasVergeben leak that Metroid Prime 4 was a reality and was being developed by Bandai Namco. Still, the only reason to believe the leaks is u/DasVergben's word. Then again, the information doesn't seem all that outlandish.
Given the high level of secrecy surrounding Smash Bros. for the Switch, it's pretty likely that the game isn't a simple port. A port wouldn't impact sales of Smash Bros. too much. The Nintendo Switch has already greatly outsold the Wii U, and some of the platform's most popular titles are ports of Wii U games. Still, Nintendo is creating a lot of hype around Smash for Switch. To reveal that it's virtually the same game as the previous version would be a bit of a letdown.
The leaked character additions make a certain amount of sense, too. The Ice Climbers were removed from the game for Wii U and 3DS because the 3DS couldn't handle the mechanics of two fighters filling one slot. This is no longer an issue with the Nintendo Switch. It would be only natural for Smash to add the fan favorite characters back into the game. There's also been rumors that Smash Bros. for Switch will lean heavily into third-party characters. It'll feature characters who have appeared on Nintendo consoles but aren't classically considered Nintendo properties. Castlevania's Simon Belmont would definitely fall into that camp.
Lastly, Metroid's Ridley has been a long requested character to appear in Smash Bros. The space pirate is the main villain of the Metroid series. While Samus Aran has been around from the very beginning of Smash, the Metroid franchise has always been rather underrepresented when it comes to playable characters. Zero Suit Samus is the only other Metroid character and she's just another version of Samus Aran. Smash Bros. could use Ridley, even if it's not immediately apparent how he would work in the game.
Ridley, a space pirate who looks like a cybernetic pterodactyl, is a massive character. The size of Ridley has always seemed like a huge barrier for the villain appearing in a Smash game. Yet, since Bowser and Charizard have been shrunk down from their "actual" sizes, there really shouldn't be anything stopping Ridley from appearing, especially with the Nintendo Switch's new hardware. No matter who is apart of the roster, there's plenty of reasons to be excited about the game. The Switch has a quality track record when it comes to first party titles. So, if the leak turns out to be true, especially the Ridley news, the anticipation for Smash Bros. on Nintendo Switch could hit a fever pitch.