Our Super Smash Bros Switch guide contains everything we know so far about the game, including release date, returning and new characters, story mode, developer details and more.
Nintendo only went and did it last night, revealing the munch-anticipated Super Smash Bros for Switch on its latest Direct and showing off a tantalising new teaser trailer. In the trailer, two Splatoon characters duel it out, before the action suddenly cuts to the flaming Smash Bros logo obscuring silhouettes of the roster. Who’s returning? Who’s new? We’ll have to wait and see.
With a brand new logo and an entirely new system to developer for in the Nintendo Switch, we’d like to think this isn’t just a heavily enhanced port of the previous - and very popular - Wii U version, but a fresh title filled with new and exciting characters, new modes and lots more.
While information is very limited at this moment in time, we can at least analyse what was shown in the teaser trailer, as well as look back on the content included in the Wii U version and make some bold assumptions. Sure a lot of it is speculation at this point, but there’s no harm in getting excited.
As Nintendo feeds us more information, we’ll make sure this guide is constantly updated with all the latest. Do keep this page bookmarked to stay on top of everything to do with Super Smash Bros Switch!
Super Smash Bros Switch: Characters
This one’s tricky. We’re certain that a number of characters will return from previous games but it’s difficult to make out all of the silhouettes and - as expected - the community’s coming up with all sorts of wild theories as to who’s featured in the teaser.
Below we’ll do our best to break down which characters have been featured in previous starting rosters, and provide our thoughts on who might be coming to Super Smash Bros Switch.
If we look back on Super Smash Bros for Wii U, we can see that there were 40 characters in the starter roster. Go back all the way to Super Smash Bros Brawl in 2008 and this number is almost halved to 21 starter characters.
Here’s an image of the Wii U starting roster.
As you can see, we’ve got staples like Mario, Donkey Kong and co, mixed in with some brand new additions like Greninja, Robin and the Wii Fit Trainer.
This leaves us with the question, who’s in the teaser? We thought it better to split this section into categories that’ll outline which characters are almost certainly coming back, those that are likely to return, and who might be brand new!
There are certain characters that will always be in Super Smash Bros, or are at least overwhelmingly likely to make an appearance. Here are the characters who we reckon are all but confirmed:
Definitely returning (it wouldn't be right without them)
- Link (BoTW version this time?)
- Donkey Kong
- Diddy Kong
- Captain Falcon
- Meta Knight
- King Dedede
- Ice Climbers
Highly likely to return
Here’s another set of characters who may have shown up in the teaser or are highly likely to make a return to Smash Bros.
- Rosalina + Luma
- Toon Link
- Bowser Jr.
We know that a couple of Splatoon characters will be playable from the opening of the teaser trailer, but who else will Nintendo introduce to the arena?
- A character from ARMS? Potentially Springman or Ribbon Girl as these are both iconic characters from the game.
- Could Crash Bandicoot make an appearance?
- Solaire from Dark Souls?
- A character from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 perhaps?
The creator of Super Smash Bros Masahiro Sakurai returns for the development of Super Smash Bros Switch, and it turns out that he’s been working on this title rigorously since Super Smash Bros for Wii U (No. 4). This comes as a bit of shock to be honest, as Sakurai's talked extensively about how demanding the process of creating a new entry in the series is, and even claimed that Brawl would be his final title - thankfully this isn't the case!
Sakurai announced that he’s been working on the game via Twitter, and Source Gaming provided a helpful English translation which we’ve embedded down below.
While we haven't gotten to the point where we can announce the game's title, I've been working on the title in silence day after day. Please look forward to new information and when the title goes on sale!! https://t.co/TAHWsNbKtgSource Gaming (@AllSourceGaming) March 8, 2018
With the creator of Super Smash Bros at the helm of the project, we’re definitely in safe hands!
We expect the usual array of Training Modes where you can fight against harmless punching bags, and classic Versus Modes that support up to 8 players duking it out.
With such limited information, it’s impossible to predict what Game Modes will be coming to Super Smash Bros Switch, but we can at least make some assumptions.
- Versus Mode - Practice modes that can be played against either friends or AI COM opponents. You can scale the difficulty for a greater challenge and they’re available both offline and online.
- Story Mode - These modes are only played against AI COM opponents in a series of matches. Progress through several stages and face a final boss. You can earn Trophies, Custom Specials, Equipment, and Powers.
- All Star Mode - Featured in both Wii U and 3DS Smash Bros, this mode places you in several matches full of fighters, and the player’s damage percentage will not go down between fights. Completing it would reward you with a Smash trophy of the character they completed the mode with.
- Event Mode - A featured mode in for Wii U and Melee, this lets you face off against AI COM in very specific and pretty ridiculous tasks. Events usually involve selecting a character and defeating other fighters in a certain time limit. There are secret routes, secret characters and rewards for completing these events by beating them faster or at a harder difficulty.
- Master and Crazy Orders - First introduced with the Wii U version, this is basically the Smash Bros version of putting your Gold on the line. Pay currency to take on a challenge, and if you win then you net yourself a tidy earning. If not, then you’ll lose it all.
One game mode we'd love to see implemented is an in-game tournament mode, where all playable characters are unlocked and players can compete in premade tournament brackets. This is a feature that pros have been requesting for a long time, so it'll be interesting to see if Nintendo listens.
An online ranking system would also do nicely, especially for competitive players who want to learn, improve, earn points and climb a ladder which showcases their skill. Again, Nintendo's not been the biggest supporter of Smash's pro scene, so we're not holding out hope. Still, it's OK to dream at this stage, right?
When is Super Smash Bros Switch being released?
All we know for now is that Super Smash Bros Switch is coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2018. We’ve been given no specific dates, so all we can make is an educated guess.
We’re putting our bets on Super Smash Bros Switch being released in Q4 of 2018 to take advantage of all those that’ll be scooping it up for Christmas. We’ll learn more about the game later this year and you bet we’ll be updating this guide with all the latest news as it's confirmed!