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Two days ago, with only just over a minute of footage, Nintendo set the internet alight with a teaser for one of the most anticipated games for the Nintendo Switch, Super Smash Bros. The game will be heading to your system sometime this year.
With so little information officially released, users have been speculating; is the game a port or a whole new game?
One of the first pieces of evidence to support the “new game” theory was that, while the other remastered games teased in the Nintendo Direct had copyright dates starting from when they were first released, such as the Captain Toad remake having the dates “© 2014 - 2018”, the new Super Smash Bros. game, did not. It instead only had the date “© 2018”.
However this was quickly debunked when users noticed that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which previously was on the Wii U, had a copyright date of 2017, while the Wii U version of the game came out in 2014.
Furthermore, seen on the Amazon page of the new Super Smash Bros. game, Twitter user @_WolfyZ__ saw that the Manufacturer reference was
SWSwitchTitle18_WiiU. If it really was a new game, why would it have the Wii U in the reference?
So is the game just a port? Or is it similar to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Not quite. There is actually quite a lot of evidence suggesting it actually is a new game.
First of all, the style changes. Nintendo’s new design features a much cleaner look. They’ve slimmed down the logo and redesigned their website. They’re going for a more modern design, and it seems odd to have all these changes while only releasing a port.
Want more proof? The original developers for Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were Bandai Namco and Sora. This year Nintendo states on the official website that it will be developed by Nintendo and HAL Labatory. Furthermore they state that it’s an original game!
With no mention of Bandai Namco anywhere, it’s hard to believe that this isn’t a new game. For all we know, the Amazon listing could be a mistake or inaccurate, such as the release date currently listed as “Dec 31 2018” (Nintendo hasn’t issued an official release date yet).
If you think Nintendo couldn’t have the time to develop a new Super Smash Bros in that time, think again. Twitter user @artsyomni noted that since the Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U development took 2.5 years, it would’ve been easy for Nintendo to start development early to get a brand new sequel out this year.
Overall, the evidence seems to suggest that the new Super Smash Bros. game will be a new, original game, rather than a port or remaster. The fact that Bandai Namco’s name has been dropped from the game, by itself, is almost irrefutable evidence. The game will be releasing for the Nintendo Switch in 2018, and we hope you enjoy the game when it launches on the console.