The Nintendo Switch is an innovative new console that’s going to sell very well. At least, that’s what Nintendo hopes will happen. The key to the console’s success is games. No one will care how portable the Nintendo Switch is or how easy it is to play games with someone away from home if there are no great titles to enjoy. We’ve seen Nintendo release Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and tease Splatoon 2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will make its debut in late April. Having those titles is great and all, but there’s a growing number of users waiting for news of a Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros release date.
Make no mistake, a reveal of a Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros release date anytime in the near future would set the Nintendo community afire. Since the late 1990s, Super Smash Bros has been a mainstay of the Nintendo experience. Despite a number of different versions arriving, the core of the game has remained the same. Gamers get to take charge of their favorite characters from across Nintendo franchises. They pick a stage and only one character, or one team can be the winners. Players use power-ups and combos to beat each other down as many times as they can.
A Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros release would add a new way to experience that fun. Super Smash Bros for 3DS was a paired down version of the game for Nintendo’s last entertainment console. The Nintendo Switch has the hardware necessary to tear down the walls that made the franchise different for gamers on the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U.
Here’s what we know about the Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros release.
Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros Release Confirmed
The Nintendo Switch finally arrived on store shelves March 3rd. For it to be successful, Nintendo knows that it needs a decent mixture of games produced in-house and developed by partners. A lack popular games available on other titles is said to have doomed the Nintendo Wii U. That’s despite the Nintendo Wii selling well. NBA 2K18 is getting a release on the Nintendo Switch, for example. That’s good news.
The company can’t afford to slow down on exclusive games, though. It’ll be Nintendo’s titles that take advantage of the Nintendo Switch’s features most. It’ll be characters like Mario and Zelda that best act as lures for the console. After all, most people don’t choose a console because of a specific game made by a third-party studio. Instead, they pick the game system that has the exclusive titles that they want.
Speaking around the time of the Nintendo Switch release, Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Amie confirmed a Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros release will happen. The confirmation came during a conversation about something else the console is missing today. There is no Nintendo Switch Netflix app, though we now know one is on the way.
Speaking to online personality Katie Linendoll, Fils-Amie pointed to Super Smash Brothers being a very important franchise for the company. “What we say is that the philosophy that Nintendo has from a development standpoint is that for every platform, we want to have at least one [each] of our classic franchises.” That alone would have been a confirmation alone. Nintendo Switch is a new platform that does not currently have a version of Super Smash Bros. Instead of ending the conversation there, he continued.
“There’s gonna be one great Super Mario experience, there’s gonna be a great Zelda experience, so you can expect, you can anticipate at some point in the future, who knows when, that all of our franchises will be addressed. We know that the fans love these games, love this content, so stay tuned,” Game Spot quotes him as saying. He doesn’t confirm a Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros release date or release window, but that’s as good an acknowledgment that the game is happening as we’re likely to get for a very, very long time.
Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros Release Date Window
The confirmation came easy, but figuring out when the game might arrive on store shelves is more difficult. Good game developers are quiet about their releases until they know exactly what it’ll offer and when it’ll arrive on store shelves. Nintendo is notoriously quiet about new game releases. We know that Super Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2 are set for launches in 2017. But we still don’t have those release dates.
It’s clear that there won’t be a Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros release in 2017. We’re already too far into the year. What’s more, Nintendo already has a decent set of exclusives for the foreseeable future.
Super Smash Bros for Wii U debuted in 2014. Theoretically, the game could be in development right now for a launch in 2018 or 2019. After all, Nintendo hasn’t said anything about what it plans to fill the release calendar with after Super Mario Odyssey makes its debut.
Perhaps we will learn more about Nintendo’s plans for a Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros release when Nintendo talks more about the console and its plans for gaming at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in June. The company always uses the show to discuss new games and its latest plans.