Every time Nintendo holds one of its online game announcement streams, fans have waited with baited breath to see if they would announce a single, blockbuster fighting game. At the Nintendo Switch’s announcement, we heard nothing. At the console’s launch, the company was silent. Through the hybrid console’s first E3 and holiday season, the game remained off the table in terms of speculation.
That changed Thursday. At the end of a subdued Nintendo Direct, Nintendo finally announced it. Super Smash Bros. is coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2018. For real.
Just before Nintendo closed its announcement stream, Nintendo’s Yoshiaki Koizumi invited fans to watch just one more video — an energetic battle between two Splatoon 2 characters. It was a cute and fitting follow-up to the Splatoon 2 news the company had just announced… but soon revealed itself to be more. A familiar logo reflected in one of the character’s eyes. Silhouettes for Mario and The Legend of Zelda‘s Link appeared — and the teaser ended with a giant, burning Super Smash Bros. logo. Yes, it was awesome.
Suffice to say, this is a big deal. Super Smash Bros. isn’t just one of Nintendo’s biggest franchises, it’s every Nintendo franchise: a silly, yet incredibly deep arcade fighting experience that pits characters from the Super Mario series, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Animal Crossing, Final Fantasy, Kirby and countless other classic games against each other. In fact, it’s been the most highly anticipated Nintendo Switch game since the console’s release.
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SOURCE: Cnet, Sean Buckley