On March 8, 2018 I felt the ground shake as the internet collectively lost its mind. The reason for this was a flaming logo. For those unfamiliar with the franchise, it may not seem like a big deal, but for fans of Super Smash Bros., it was. It was a massive, screaming big deal. At the very end of the March installment of Nintendo Direct, it was made public that Super Smash Bros. would be coming to the Nintendo Switch.

It's still very early and there aren't many hard facts out there yet. However, here is everything we can tell you right now about Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Switch.

August 8, 2018: All the Smash Bros. news from Nintendo Direct!

There was plenty of new stuff revealed during today's Nintendo Direct. Here's everything you need to know!

First off we were his with some new characters announced. It's time for Castlevania fans to get excited because Simon Belmont has been added! His main weapon will be his notorious whip and his special moves will revolve around recognizable elements from the series. His stage will be none other than Dracula's castle. The stage will be populated with bosses that Castlevania lovers will recognize from the games. To top it all off it seems as if Dracula himself will occasionally appear. The circumstances under which he will make his presence know was not revealed but that just makes it all the more exciting. Allucard will also appear as an assist trophy And as if that wasn't enough, Richter was announced as an echo character to Simon.

Some other echo characters were also announced. Chron will be making his appearance in Super Smash Bros. and players will also have the opportunity to play as Dark Samus.

New stages announced include Pokemon Stadium, Garden of Hope, Brinstar Depths, Summit, Unova Pokemon League, Magicant, Gamer, Final Destination, New Donk City Hall. All in all, there will be a total of 103 playable stages not counting any forthcoming DLC. To add a little spice to players lives there is also a setting called Stage Morph, wherein stages can change from one to another during combat.

They also said a bit about the music that we will be hearing while we play SSB. It seems as if there will be 800 tracks available. That's a whole heck of a lot of music. I am not sure how often I will be using this feature, but it seems as if you can listen to SSB music even when the Switch is off, Turning you Switch into a sort of giant unwieldy iPod.

There were some mode additions announced as well. One such addition is Squad Strike. This is a five on five or three on three elimination battle. You can also play in Tourney mode which seems like an obvious and much-needed addition. Finally, they spoke of a mode called Smashdown, wherein every time a character loses players will no longer be able to play as that character.

Finally, at the very end of today's Nintendo Direct, they showed us what the main menu will look like. In doing so, they teased us with some sort of mode that they will be announcing subsequently. What do you think it's going to be?

You can watch the whole video here!

August 6, 2018: New Nintendo Direct to be all about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Nintendo Versus Twitter account recently announced that the forthcoming Nintendo Direct will be all about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. You had better pick out what kind of popcorn you are going to eat on August 8 because at 7PM PST we're going to get more Smash news than you can shake a stick at!

April 26, 2018: Nintendo outlines Super Smash Brother plans for E3 2018!

Nintendo has dropped some tantalizing news for those who salivate for Smash news. There are more than a few events planned for E3 2018 which will feature the new Super Smash Brother for Switch. Those events are as follows

  • Super Smash Brothers Invitational tournament featuring the new Switch game Tuesday, June 12.

  • Video presentation featuring Super Smash Brothers for Nintendo Switch Tuesday, June 12, 9 a.m. PST.

  • Play Super Smash Brothers at the Nintendo booth - June 12-14

The who's who of who's new

The trailer that Nintendo dropped for Super Smash Bros. did not show a whole heck of a lot. That makes it difficult to parse exactly which characters will be included in the new Smash Bros. However, Link and Mario can be seen as plain as day. Those with eagle eyes and a deep familiarity of Nintendo silhouettes may be able to pick out a few more characters which can be expected in the new game.

I am pretty sure I see a Bowser in there as well Donkey Kong and Samus. As the months go by, we can expect to see more announcements that will fill us in as the character lineup fills out. However, considering the intro of the teaser, we can be almost 100% certain that we will see some Inklings included in this new Smash Bros. entry.

But is it all new?

Another thing that isn't entirely clear at this early stage is whether or not this will be an all-new Smash Bros. There have been quite a few games released on the Switch thus far which were essentially updated versions of games which were already out on the Wii U. Unfortunately, this is going to be another little bit of news which we will have to wait for.

When can we play?

Well, at this point all we know is the year. Nintendo announced that Super Smash Bros. would be coming to the Switch in 2018. We can't be certain what that means exactly. However, I would have to assume that a game of this size would be dropping closer to the end of the year around the holiday season. Whatever the exact date, we can be sure that our wait should be less than a year, which is incredibly exciting.

This announcement came as a pretty big surprise to most Nintendo and Smash Bros. fans. There may have been folks with suspicions but we couldn't be sure until now. I am really looking forward learning more about Smash Bros. for my Switch. As Nintendo starts to slide out more information, you can check back here for consistent updates.

What do you see in the fire?

What are some of the other character silhouettes you can make out in the fire? Let us know in the comments below!

Updated August 2018: Nintendo Direct news added!

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