Another classic franchise is entering the fray on Nintendo Switch with Super Smash Bros Ultimate . Announced in early 2018 as a surprise at the end of a Nintendo Direct presentation, Super Smash Bros. for Switch has been one of the company's most anticipated games. The last Super Smash Bros. released back on the Wii U and the 3DS in 2014. The Wii U version was well-received, but since it was on the Wii U, hardly anyone played it. With the Nintendo Switch churning out record sales numbers, already outselling the Wii U, the hope is that Smash Bros will do much better commercially this time around.
Until recently, there was little known about Super Smash Bros. for the Switch. Although there were rumors that it was an all-new game with an even larger cast than the Wii U version, the report have all been unsubstantiated. Now, with the release of the full trailer for Smash Smash Bros. for Switch, various details about the fighting game have been confirmed, including the title. Smash Bros/ for the Switch real title is Smash Bros Ultimate.
The full trailer for Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Switch was unveiled during Nintendo's E3 2018 Direct presentation this morning, which debunks and confirms several of the rumors that surrounded the title. The trailer can be viewed in the section above.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is taking their subtitle to heart as the game aims to be the quintessential Smash experience. This isn't a port of the Wii U game, but a full-on sequel that honors the entire history of the franchise. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will have every character ever released in a Smash Bros. game on the roster, including ones that make no sense like Pichu. This includes the extensive DLC for the previous entry, which puts the roster at over 60 characters.
The rumors that surrounded the game were (mostly) true. Super Smash Bros. will once again have Solid Snake, the Ice Climbers, Young Link (who is different to Toon Link) and Star Fox's rival, Wolf. Every possible character that fans could want to play as in Super Smash Bros. will be available, including a couple new arrivals.
In the announcement trailer, series creator Masahiro Sakurai explained that the focus of the new game is on adding every returning character and stage as they could. Yet there will be a few new additions like the previously announced Inklings and the brand-new (and long-awaited) brawler Ridley from the Metroid series. Ridley was among the fighters leaked ahead of time, along with Castlevania's Simon Belmont. So far it doesn't seem like Simon is in the game. Although there will be other new additions, called echo fighters like Princess Daisy and Lucina, who are clones of other fighters but have their own personality and appearance.
According to Sakura, the changes that have been made to Smash Bros. number in the tens of thousands. This might sound far fetched, but the series has long had an intense level of attention to detail. It's probably not much of a boast, if at all. A lot of thought goes into Smash.
Ultimately, though, this is the perfect way to celebrate Smash on a new console. The lack of new fighters may be disappointing to some, but it's far more satisfying to have everyone and everything gathered under one gaming roof. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate probably isn't the last Smash game to ever be made, but it could finally replace Super Smash Bros. Melee as the definitive version of the game. It's a very good time to be a Smash, or just plain Nintendo, fan.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will release December 7, 2018 on Nintendo Switch.
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