Is the Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. a new game or just a port? It's looking like the former

And it looks like series creator Masahiro Sakurai is involved

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • March 9, 2018 at 5 p.m. PST

During the Nintendo Direct presentation yesterday, Nintendo hit viewers with a surprise uppercut that few saw coming. Super Smash Bros. on the Switch is real, and it's spectacular! (Based on the quick teaser we saw, of course).

While most everyone expected a new Smash Bros. on the company's latest console at some point, a lot of us were writing off yesterday's broadcast as the time and place for the announcement.

Though fans were hoping that the reveal might be included with the rest of the headlines during the Direct, the safer bet was that Nintendo would wait until E3 to bring out the heavy hitter. Of course, Nintendo decided to pull a fast one on those waiting for a June announcement and gave us a teaser for a new Smash title on Switch at the very end of the presentation.

Even though we are for sure getting a new Smash Bros. game on the handheld/console hybrid, it is still unclear whether this will be a brand new game in the series or a deluxe edition of Super Smash Bros. 4. Word from the rumor mill indicates that the game is an updated version of the Wii U/3DS title with added characters and content, but that might not be the case.

Despite the scarcity of details, there are a few signs pointing to the Switch Smash Bros. being its own original title. For starters, an official website for the game has officially gone live.

Though the site is simply "," the Google listing for it displays as "Super Smash Bros. (Title Pending) for Nintendo Switch – Official Site." Most importantly, this page is completely separate from the Smash Bros. Wii U / 3DS website, which is still up and running.

On top of the new site (literally), the new Smash title has its own unique logo. A flat black series of text with the Smash Bros. symbol as the Bros' "o" can be seen, with a two lines going through the word "Super" and "Smash."

At the bottom of the new website, we also see the copyright information, which reads: © 2018 Nintendo, Original Game: © Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc. If this were an updated version of Smash Bros. 4, we'd see a 2014 year listed as well.

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We also can't help but notice the omission of Bandai Namco's credit, which is another giveaway considering the company had a hand in developing the Wii U / 3DS title.

Another big indicator of this being a brand new Smash Bros. game could be found within the Nintendo Direct presentation. When Nintendo ports a game over to a new console or announces an updated version, they often state it outright.

Looking at a game like Luigi's Mansion as an example, the Gamecube original is receiving an updated version on the 3DS -- which was stated outright and detailed by Nintendo. But for the new Smash Bros., the reveal was made in the form of a very dramatic and hype teaser trailer, which seems like a lot for just a port of an existing game.

Lastly, we have the showcase of new characters. With the Inklings, a Breath of the Wild version of Link, and silhouettes of several mysterious fighters, I can't help but feel like Nintendo wouldn't leave quite as much to the imagination if we already know Smash 4's roster and if this was it.

There are a lot of questions right now, and we probably won't know much more until E3 rolls around this June.

On the plus side, though, we do know that Smash Bros. series creator Masahiro Sakurai does indeed have a hand in this project. Though he is remaining tight-lipped on details, he confirmed as much on Twitter.

"We've only just announced the title at this point, but I've been quietly working on it daily," Sakurai said. "Please look forward to us being able to announce more from it, and to when the game is released!"

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Do you think this is a brand new Super Smash Bros. title on the Nintendo Switch? Or are we looking at an updated port of Smash 4? Let us know in the comments below.

Contributions to this story made by Nicholas "MajinTenshinhan" Taylor.

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