Bethesda VP Pete Hines has commented on the company’s burgeoning relationship with Nintendo. He revealed that the firm has discussed Smash Bros. in the past, and that a Bethesda-made Nintendo Switch exclusive is possible.
The news comes from an interview between Pete Hines and The Metro, in which the value of single-player experiences was discussed, along with the possibility of a Bethesda/Nintendo collaboration in the future. Towards the end of the conversation, Pete Hines is asked whether Bethesda and Nintendo have ever discussed Smash Bros., to which Hines replies “Oh yeah”.
Last year, Ubisoft collaborated with Nintendo on the surprisingly excellent Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. In the Metro interview, when Hines was asked whether or not we’re likely to see a similar project come from Bethesda and Nintendo, he explained the following.
We’re always having conversations with them, but again those conversations wouldn’t necessarily take place with me, they’d take place with a dev to say, ‘We have an idea for a this or a that and we wanna do a game that is a crossover with the Switch’.
While there’s nothing official to be gleaned here, it is comforting to hear Pete Hines talk so openly about the opportunities available between the two companies. One thing’s for sure, Bethesda and Nintendo are in somewhat of a honeymoon period, with Bethesda having brought DOOM, Wolfenstein 2, and Skyrim to Nintendo Switch in the last year, and DOOM Eternal coming to Switch next year.
It’s likely that we’ll see more ports from Bethesda on Nintendo Switch, but the white whale is surely a Bethesda character in Smash Bros. My money would be on Pip Boy, but Skyrim’s Dovahkiin would be cool too. For now, we can only hope that these mysterious talks come to fruition. In the meantime, let us know what Bethesda characters you’d like to see in Smash Bros., in the comments below.