Smash Bros. fans the world over can rejoice, as Super Smash Bros Switch is officially and releasing for the Nintendo Switch later in 2018. In a Splatoon-heavy reveal trailer shown at the end of the March 2018 Nintendo Direct, Smash Bros Switch was unveiled, but what else do we know about it? In this guide to Super Smash Bros. Switch we'll look at the Smash Bros Switch release date, Super Smash Bros Switch roster, game details, and more. If you're wondering if your favorite Nintendo character will be in Super Smash Bros on Switch, read on. We've also got info on when you're likely to see the first Super Smash Bros Switch gameplay footage as part of the Super Smash Bros Invitational 2018 at E3 in June.
If you want more Smash Bros Switch speculation, check out our look at the seven characters we want included in Super Smash Bros Switch. Do you think Cappy could be a character? Stranger things have happened in Smash Bros. On this page you'll find all the confirmed Super Smash Bros Switch characters, details on the characters more or less confirmed due to being visible in the trailer, and talk about what other characters are likely to appear in the game. Super Smash Bros is a series that likes to bring back characters, so we can already put together a likely Switch roster.
What is Super Smash Bros.?
If you're wondering why Nintendo fans are so excited about Super Smash Bros. coming to Switch and don't know what the game is about, here's a tiny little primer. Super Smash Bros. is a four-player fighting game built around Nintendo characters and games - although has branched out to include guest characters from non-Nintendo franchises. As well as featuring a whole host of famous characters, the stages are based on iconic environments from Nintendo games. While simple on the face of it, Smash Bros. has a lot of depth to the combat and has built a sizable competitive scene. Smash Bros. is a big deal for fans and Nintendo, with the game likely to end up one of the top selling games on the Switch during its lifetime.
Super Smash Bros Switch Release Date
Nintendo announced Super Smash Bros Switch at the end of the March Nintendo Direct, broadcast on March 8, 2018. While a firm Smash Bros Switch release date wasn't revealed, Nintendo did reveal that Super Smash Bros Switch will be releasing in 2018. So what is a likely Super Smash Bros Switch release date? Nintendo has games lined up for Switch until July, with Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker set for July 13. It's highly unlikely, then, that we'll get Smash Bros Switch before August 2018, and in all likelihood it'll be later than that.
September 2018 is looking like a good month for Super Smash Bros Switch, although that is perhaps a little early for a game only announced in March. October would seem an unlikely release month for Smash Bros Switch, given that it already has Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2 confirmed for release. Nintendo perhaps isn't as likely to be bothered by what others are doing with release dates, but going up against those two behemoths would be surprisingly even for them.
Nintendo isn't afraid of releasing games right at the end of the year, either, with last year's Xenoblade Chronicles 2 releasing on November 30, followed by the Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC 2 The Champion's Ballad on December 14. Could Smash Bros Switch be a pre-Christmas treat? Perhaps.
Super Smash Bros Switch Roster - All Super Smash Bros. Switch Characters
In classic Super Smash Bros reveal fashion, the Smash Bros. Switch character roster will likely be eked out over the months leading up to release. From the reveal trailer we know a handful of characters are confirmed, while other are more or less certain based on silhouettes seen in the video. We've detailed all the characters in Super Smash Bros Switch just below:
Mario - Guaranteed to be in Super Smash Bros Switch
Surprise! Mario is in Super Smash Bros Switch. He's seen in the trailer, but even if he hadn't made an appearance his involvement in Smash Switch would have been a near certainty. As far as characters in Super Smash Bros. go, Mario is a veteran.
Link - Guaranteed to be in Super Smash Bros Switch
Link is seen in the Smash Bros Switch trailer, so he's confirmed - not that there was any doubt he'd appear in the game. He's seen wearing his Breath of the Wild outfit, so there's also the possibility of versions from other games joining the Smash Bros Roster. What other version of Link would you like as a character in Super Smash Bros. Switch?
Inkling Girl/Boy - Guaranteed to be in Super Smash Bros Switch
Splatoon is a big franchise for Nintendo now, following a successful debut on Wii U and an improved sequel on Switch. Inkling Girl and Inkling Boy are in Smash on Switch, although some fans would probably have preferred characters Marina and Pearl to be included.
The following characters aren't as blatantly revealed in the trailer, but can be seen (more or less) in silhouette during a brief scene. Most of these are sure things for inclusion in Smash Bros Switch, but maybe don't count your chickens just yet. These are the Super Smash Bros. Switch characters that are more or less confirmed.
Donkey Kong - Guaranteed to be in Super Smash Bros Switch
Donkey Kong is another character we'd be more surprised not to see in the game, but it does seem like he's included. His hair can be seen in silhouette, so DK fans keen to play him can rest easy. He's going to be in the Super Smash Bros Switch Character Roster.
Samus Aran - From Metroid - Guaranteed to be in Super Smash Bros Switch
Samus is another character that is bound to be in Smash Switch, but you can see her in the trailer so there's pretty much no doubt over her appearance. Samus will be included in the Super Smash Bros Switch Character Roster.
When you see a short round character silhouette, chances are it's Kirby. There's almost no chance one of Nintendo's most used characters won't be in Smash Switch, so I think we can say the round one will be included.
Pokemon Jigglypuff is one of the Smash Bros series regulars, having appeared in every game to date. Jigglypuff looks to be stood in the crowd in the trailer, making an appearance in Smash Switch more or less confirmed.
We might be seeing things, but we're pretty sure Pikachu is stood next to Jigglypuff. The electrifying yellow Pokemon is another series veteran, so will absolutely be in Smash Bros Switch.
Marth was meant to appear in the original Smash Bros, but didn't make it, so just misses out on being a series veteran. The Fire Emblem character has been in every Smash since, however, and we're pretty sure he's stood in the crowd in the Smash Switch trailer.
Bowser - Guaranteed to be in Super Smash Bros Switch
Bowser is clearly visible in the trailer for Smash Switch, and he's been in all the games apart from the original. He's going to be a character in Super Smash Bros on Switch.
Is Super Smash Bros Switch Based on the Wii U and 3DS Games?
One of the questions being asked by Super Smash Bros fans about the Switch game is whether or not it will be a completely new game or based on the Wii U/3DS editions. With no clear answer from Nintendo we don't know for sure, and there is reason to believe either could be the case.
When Smash Switch releases it will have been approximately four years since the Wii U/3DS game launched, which is more than enough time to create a new entry in the series. Smash Bros series director, Masahiro Sakurai, is confirmed to be at the helm of of the Switch game, but that could suggest an entirely new game or an enhanced port. It's possible that the Switch version of Super Smash Bros. will be an enhanced port of the Wii U and 3DS games, bringing the content from each together for the first time.
When Will we See Super Smash Bros Switch Gameplay?
Nintendo is hosting a Super Smash Bros tournament at E3 in June 2018, and at the show we're also likely to get our first proper look at Super Smash Bros. Switch if Nintendo doesn't reveal more info in a Nintendo Direct before E3 kicks off.
With only a month to go until E3 2018 begins, we don't have long to wait until we're guaranteed a look at Super Smash Bros. Switch gameplay. The Smash tournament should give everyone a solid look at the game, its characters, and gameplay mechanics. There's also a strong chance we'll see a detailed look at Super Smash Bros. Switch during Nintendo's Treehouse shows over E3 week.
While we're still waiting for the Super Smash Bros Switch tournament at E3 in June, we do now have details on the players taking part. In the video below, Nintendo introduces the players who are fighting against each other at E3 on Super Smash Bros Switch.
Super Smash Bros. Switch Story Mode
One part of Super Smash Bros Switch fans are eager to find out about is the Story Mode: whether there will be one and if so, what it's like. Melee had Adventure Mode, and Brawl had Subspace Emissary, with the latter widely thought of as one of the best modes ever seen in a Smash Bros. game. Hopefully Nintendo will include a Story Mode in Smash Bros. Switch, but it's not likely that we'll find out details until E3 in June.
Given that Smash Bros. Switch is one of the most important titles for the system, not only this year but in its lifetime, there's a lot of pressure on Nintendo to deliver the goods. If Super Smash Bros. Switch doesn't include a story mode, fans will likely not be happy at all.
With so little to go on, it's hard to say with any certainty what Smash on Switch will be. We're yet to get the complete character roster, we don't know any stages that will appear, and there's no word on game modes that will be in the game. Only time will tell.
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