Bethesda Has Spoken to Nintendo About Smash Bros.

Pip Pip, Hooray!

News by Jake Green, .

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.

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  • Avatar for TernBird #1 TernBird 9 days ago
    About the only Bethesda character I'd care to see in Smash Bros is Doom Guy, and even he's too weird for it.

    Every other Smash Bros character either has their origins tied with Nintendo's origins (Snake, Mario, Samus, Pikachu), is there to push a recent Nintendo game (Bayonetta, the flavor-of-the-week Fire Emblem hero), or was a third-party character important to gaming at large.

    Pip Boy... doesn't really have much impact in gaming outside of looking iconic. Dovakiin? Outside of a meme-y trailer, he's got nothing to him by design. So that leaves Doom Guy--who's just way too violent for the game. Bayonetta's stylized at least, her shtick can be toned down, but Doom Guy? Just way too much.

    Besides, the only way Dovakin would would is if his Final Smash is just glitching out on the spot.
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  • Avatar for trashboy #2 trashboy 9 days ago
  • Avatar for MetManMas #3 MetManMas 9 days ago
    So...Bethesda talk!

    I'm sure the powers would be fun, but I don't think I'd really want the Dragonborn themselves in Smash.

    Part of the fun of Skyrim is making your own Dovahkiin, whether they're a lizard or a cat or an orc or just one of the boring old human or elf species. And while Smash Bros. games have featured alternate models for some characters I don't really see them doing the same for the Dragonborn. We'd probably just get Generic Nord from the promo videos and maybe Ms. Generic Nord. Maybe an alt palette swap or two gives them new hats. =/

    Wouldn't mind Miraak from the Dragonborn DLC as a playable, though. Armor man's got shout powers too, and who says every guest star has to be a hero, right?

    Fallout...well, the Vault Boy mascot's definitely the way to go there, no arguments with that. But I see him as more of an Assist Trophy or Mii Fighter outfit, to be honest.

    Wolfenstein, I can't really see being in Smash. Even if B.J. Blazkowicz has decades of history. Terror Billy would make a fun Mii Fighter outfit, though. As would a shout out to the 1981 original.

    Doom though? Doom Guy could work, though he'd probably lose the shotgun 'cuz it's too realistic/easy to imitate. Still, he could work with the chainsaw, rocket launcher, and energy-firing weapons, whip out the B.F.G. for his Final Smash.

    Of course, what I really want is Morgan Yu packing Typhon powers, but I don't see that happening unless Prey gets a Switch port (Please give Prey a Switch port). I mean, even Cloud was at least in Kingdom Hearts spinoffs on Nintendo platforms before he hit Smash.Edited 2 weeks ago by MetManMas
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  • Avatar for RushDawg #4 RushDawg 9 days ago
    Doom Guy would be the be Bethesda rep for Smash. They'd have to tone down his violence a lot though.
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  • Avatar for charlesjones #5 charlesjones 9 days ago
    Personally, to me Fawkes from Fallout 3 would make a great character mainly because he's too dang hilarious, but only if they can get the original voice actor. But more than likely it would be the Dragonborn with a variation of character types and abilities from sword to magic. Can't imagine it being anyone else except maybe the Sole Survivor/ Lone Wanderer with maxed out perks in Iron Fist and Big Leagues then you got yourself one tough t*tt*e and a whole ton of fighting options. But honestly, I believe Bethesda would be aiming for a slow release of an entire suite of fighters because they do have so many options from all the IP they own. But then again, if you read Todd Howard's statements on Overwatch, and how much he loves that game, you can almost see how Todd would be pitching something as big as a Bethesda/ Nintendo online non violent shooter to the heads of Nintendo. And with the younger generation now taking over the company, I wouldn't count it out.
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  • Avatar for nathanhill99 #6 nathanhill99 9 days ago
    Vault Boy Assist trophy, dropping a Nuke. For a brief second afterward the Please Stand By screen flashes on screen. Good God, I want it.
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  • Avatar for docexe #7 docexe 9 days ago
    Guys, guys, guys: The true correct answer here is a Doom themed stage with the Cyber demon as a boss fight. Probably with some glimpses of Doom Guy battling demons in the background. Also the Cacodemon as an Assist Trophy.
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  • Avatar for ted-kazynski3 #8 ted-kazynski3 9 days ago
    Nope. Bethesda doesn't deserve to whore out their IP.

    1. Doom guy would kill everything in sight. (He kills Hell)
    2. Pipboy is just a marketing tool. A boring and lame one at that.
    3. The Skyrim character is a joke at best.

    They haven't done anything to Fallout but strip it of RPG elements, flatten it for casual mainstream and lean on Fallout Boy for garbage merch and lame collectors edition trash. I don't understand how people give that company the time of day anymore. They don't listen to fans, ignore or just flat out refuse to try to make thier franchises evolve(besides rushing out FO76 and definitely putting IAPs in it.)
    Seems like they look at an IP and try to strangle the most money from it with the least amount of effort possible. (Switch Skyrim and never fixing any bugs in 7 years.) They are absolutely are turning out to be a greedy shit company.

    Bethesda Sucks. Just cause they support a console doesn't mean they should just able to walk into any franchise on the system.

    After Fallout 4 and re-releasing Skyrim 7 times in a row I'm pretty spent on Bethesda doing anything worth a shit.

    FO76 looks like an abortion. (One that you can pay for the ability to Beta test!)
    Todd Howards on one side saying it's a MMORPG, other side is Pete Hines screaming about how it's a "single player experience if you want." It'll get 8s just because it has the FO name attached to it. Just like FO4.
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  • Avatar for adamdnichol99 #9 adamdnichol99 8 days ago
    "pipboy" is not a character. Do your research. Jesus Christ
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