By COLIN HUGHES
On March 8th, 2018, Nintendo announced two things at once; a new Smash game, and one of the most anticipated characters making an appearance. Nintendo fans watched the Super Smash Bros. Switch reveal trailer and began jumping all over the place, screaming with excitement. After all, according to many, 2017 and 2018 were Nintendo’s best years; The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was one of best Zelda games, receiving an 8.5 out of 10 from GameSpot and a Game of the Year award. Super Mario Odyssey, a game that got a 10 out of 10 by IGN Entertainment and a Best Family Game award, brought back the beloved sandbox-style gameplay missed from Super Mario 64 and Sunshine. And the amount of third party support for the Switch is very large, with games like NBA, Skyrim, Dark Souls, Minecraft, and more.
The Direct video had several game announcements that were pretty surprising; a Luigi’s Mansion remake for the Nintendo 3DS, Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy for the Switch, even Undertale for the Switch! But what really caused almost everybody watching it to go full-on monkey mode was when they reached the last announcement of the video and saw the Inkling girl from Splatoon encounter the Smash Bros. smash ball for the first time.
It was announced that this new Smash game was coming out this year, 2018. No one is sure exactly when this year, but it’s still good, especially when you consider that Smash 4 took almost 2 years to develop because it had to be ported across the Nintendo 3DS and the not-AS-successful Wii U. And it’s going on the Switch, one of the best-selling Nintendo systems.
We’re still not sure whether this new installment is going to be a new game or a port of Smash 4, but one thing’s for sure, Link was seen sporting his design from Breath of the Wild, instead of the Twilight Princess design that was used in both Brawl and Smash 4. Plus, the design of the logo was a little different, appearing in a sequence similar to Melee, where the black letters stretch as they appear, return to normal, and then stabilize. And they’re both fast, appearing like that in a couple nanoseconds.
Overall, Super Smash Bros. Switch is a big thing and a whole lot of people are excited about it. There isn’t much we know about it yet, but they will announce more of it soon. Nintendo also announced that there would be an invitational Super Smash Bros. Switch and Splatoon 2 tournament sometime around June so we’ll probably know more about it by then.