The internet exploded last night as Nintendo confirmed that a Smash Bros game will be coming to the Nintendo Switch, and it’s releasing this year.
Nintendo baited fans into thinking it was more news for Splatoon 2 until the trailer went dark and in the one of the Inkling’s eye was a reflection of the Smash logo.
While it hasn’t been confirmed if this is an entirely new title or a port of Smash 4 from the Wii U, the former seems much more likely. The trailer revealed new characters in the Inklings and featured Link’s Breath of the Wild model. On top of that, the official website says the game has a ‘pending title’.
Nintendo have confirmed that a Smash Bros game is coming to the Switch later this year
The trailer also briefly flashed a group of characters from far away. While hard to confirm, Redditors have guessed that the group (from left to right) was: Pit, Donkey Kong, Ice Climbers, Kirby, Marth, Link, Sheik, Pikachu, Samus Jigglypuff, Zelda, Bowser, Lucina and Pacman.
The game is well known for its crossover characters and a few fans are hopeful that Dark Souls’ Solaire of Astora will feature in the game after it was revealed the character will have an Amiibo alongside the Dark Souls remaster on Switch
In addition to this the man who created Kirby and Super Smash Bros, Masahiro Sakurai, has confirmed on his Twitter that he is working on the game after previously saying he did not want to work on another game in the series.
With a new game coming and Nintendo’s popularity booming, this could be the perfect time for the company to finally capitalise fully on the esports market. The series has a storied history in esports with tournaments in Smash Melee still taking place to this day.
Yet most tournaments in the game tend to be run by fans and the community without much help from Nintendo. However, the company appear to be softening to the idea after announcing a tournament for their fighting game ‘Arms’ although that is only taking place online.
Of course most pro Smash players were very excited by the news but it appears it wasn’t quite enough to convince TSM’s ZeRo to come out of retirement who said: ‘I understand the hype guys, but I kinda just retired. It hasn’t been very long. I wanted to at least be able to stream for a year and work on my health for a solid amount of time.
‘I’ve been having the most fun I’ve had in a while in recent times and I don’t really want to stop. If I ever comeback to competitive play for Smash, a lot of things will be different in how I do it and it’ll be different and in my terms.’
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