In a Nintendo Direct livestream that took place earlier this week, Nintendo finally announced a Super Smash Bros. game for Nintendo Switch. After many rumors and much speculation, Nintendo confirmed that the fighting game would be available on the Switch later this year, much to the delight of fans who had been hoping for a Switch version of Super Smash Bros. since the console was first revealed.
With the game officially confirmed, it means that the development team is free to discuss it on social media. One such developer is Masahiro Sakurai, the creator of the Super Smash Bros. franchise who has directed all of the games in the series since it made its debut in 1999. Sakurai took to Twitter to tell fans that “Right now we’re just at the stage where we revealed this game, but I’ve been working on this game in silence day after day. Please wait until we can release more information, or until release day!”
Sakurai’s original tweet is in Japanese, the translation comes from Source Gaming. The publication also notes that Sakurai has been discussing work on a new game since November 2016, which was around nine months after the last piece of DLC for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U was released. The timeline suggests that Sakurai has been working on the project ever since.
— 桜井 政博 (@Sora_Sakurai) March 8, 2018
At this point, it is unclear what role Sakurai is taking in the development of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch. The series creator has previously spoken about the toll that developing the series has taken on his health, including shoulder and joint pains that made it difficult for him to hold a controller and a mouse. Moreover, Sakurai has said that in his role as director he has to do the duties of several people. Fans will certainly be glad that such an important figure is involved in the development of the game, but they will also hope that Sakurai’s involvement does not come at the cost of the developer’s health and wellbeing.
Many are also discussing whether this means that the Nintendo Switch version of Super Smash Bros. is an all-new game rather than an improved version of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U which was released on those consoles in 2014. Several reports in the run-up to the announcement had suggested that the Switch game would just be a better-looking version with all of the DLC, similar to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (a Switch version of the Wii U game), but Sakurai’s tweet casts doubt on those rumors. If the developer says that the team is still at the announcement stage, perhaps the new game is a more significant entry in the series than many initially thought.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch will be released in 2018.
Source: Source Gaming