Next Nintendo Direct stream set for September 13th, which happens to be Super Smash Bros. 4's three-year anniversary

Coincidence? Or is there a big reveal in store for the series?

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • September 11, 2017 at 4:53 p.m. PDT

Nintendo is gearing up for their next Nintendo Direct broadcast this week, and it just so happens to be on the same day that Super Smash Bros. 4 is celebrating its three-year anniversary. Interesting...

This Wednesday, September 13th, the company will run a stream on which they will share their plans for the Nintendo Switch and 3DS in the coming months. The video feed is expected to run for nearly 45 minutes and will kick off at 3 p.m. PDT / 6 p.m. EDT.

Upon learning the time and date of the next Nintendo Direct, fans were quick to point out that September 13th actually marks three years since the latest Smash Bros. entry's release. On the same day back in 2014, Smash 4 landed on the 3DS in Japan.

The company often uses the Direct platform to make large announcements pertaining to their games. Needless to say, the date has fans suspecting and hoping that a Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch reveal is inbound.

The prospect of a Switch Smash Bros. is one that fans have been clamoring about for some time now. Many were surprised to see that such a release was not a launch title for the console back in early March, and even more perplexed when it did not make an appearance at E3 this June.

Over the course of 2017, we have certainly come across hints that indicate some form of Smash Bros. will make it to the Nintendo Switch. Not long after the console became available to the public, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime indirectly confirmed a Switch Smash Bros. in an interview with Katie Linendoll.

"Smash is obviously one of our best-selling franchises," Reggie said. "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.

"There's gonna be one great Super Mario experience, there's gonna be one great Zelda experience, so... you can anticipate at some point in the future, who knows when, that all of our franchises will be addressed. We know that that the fans love these games, love this content, so stay tuned."

The plot only thickened when just last month the Danish Nintendo website posed a question to fans that asked: "which of the three choices was released on July 21st on the Nintendo Switch?" Strangely enough, "Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Switch" was the first answer option listed.

Obviously, this isn't a confirmation in any way, but it is certainly peculiar.

So, if Super Smash Bros. 4 sees a release on the Nintendo Switch, what might it feature? For starters, there are several characters, old and new, that fans want to see added.

One of Super Smash Bros. Melee's major contenders, the frosty Ice Climbers duo, was cut from Smash 4 due to hardware limitations. Smash Bros. series creator Masahiro Sakurai explained that though the two fighters functioned properly on the Wii U, they presented issues on the 3DS.

On top of a potential Ice Climbers return, there are a plethora of new, highly requested combatants that could enter the fray. Fighters such as Donkey Kong villain King K. Rool and/or the Choir Kids from Rhythm Heaven would be welcome additions to the series. In fact, both made our list of characters we want to see in Smash 4.

Additional fighters would not be a new concept for the game. We have already seen several combatants such as Bayonetta, Final Fantasy's Cloud, Ryu from Street Fighter, and more make their way into Smash 4 as DLC, so a release on the Nintendo Switch could (and probably should) include every character, stage, and Mii Fighter accessory that has been released over the years in one package.

Outside of more content, competitive players would likely welcome another wave of balance changes to tone down the more powerful characters and improve those that are weaker.

For now, all we have of a Super Smash Bros. 4 on the Nintendo Switch is the fake, but convincing leak featuring screenshots of an "updated version of the game."

We will have to wait until Wednesday to see what Nintendo has up their sleeves.

For more information on the upcoming Nintendo Direct, be sure to check out Nintendo's website.

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