One of our favorite YouTube Channels which covers Nintendo is GameXplain. This weekend — In celebration of the approach one year anniversary of the Nintendo Switch release — Andre, who hosts the Channel, put up a video highlighting some of hopes for Super Smash Bros. for Switch.
Certainly, any Switch owner waiting for Super Smash Bros. has their own desires for the game — but today we thought we would run through some of Andre’s hopes.
Andre starts of the video by explaining that he expects a Super Smash Bros. game for the Switch soon — and that he expects it to serve as a “Deluxe” edition of the previous generation’s games, just like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Specifically, he highlights how the content from Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Super Smash Bros. Wii U can be brought together into this new edition.
Safe to say that this is the commonly accepted view of what Nintendo has cooking for the Switch version of Smash. Andre goes on to predict a few new characters and stages that Nintendo could add to the new version inspired by a few recent Switch titles (Splatoon 2, Arms, Super Mario Odyssey, and The Legend of Zelda: Breathe of the Wild). It’s unclear if Nintendo will take the time to include this additional content if they do intend to make a Deluxe edition. If they add new characters & stages, they might as well do new Assist Trophies & Pokemon… and at that point, the game might become the equivalent of Mario Kart 9, not Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
What is clear is that adding brand new content inspired by Switch games might ensure that we don’t get to play game for a few more years. So it might be best to wish for new content in the form of Downloadable Content. That being said — Andre goes on to suggest updated move-sets for the existing cast of characters. Perhaps that level of enhancement to the game would be worth the wait.
Some of Andre’s other ideas would be welcome too — A Tag Team mode inspired by the conclusion of Smash Tour on the Wii U is one stand out suggestion. The player would pick more than one This would give the next installment in the franchise a bit of traditional fighting game twist.
But Andre’s biggest hope was for a mode inspired by Subspace Emissary from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The added layer of narrative intertextuality achieved in this single-player, story mode on the Nintendo Wii was missing in the last generation of Super Smash Bros. A new narrative featuring would be a great addition to the next installment. Of course, this would delay the release of the game significantly — so we should be careful what we wish for.
If you don’t mind listening to Andre complain about menus, it’s a nice video get yourself excited for the next Smash game.
What do you want to see in the next Super Smash Bros. game from Nintendo? Do you think that they will bring the franchise to Nintendo Switch in the next few years? Let us know in the comments.