Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch

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Super Smash Bros.
(tentative title)
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Publisher(s) Nintendo
Projected release date 2018
Genre(s) Fighting

The tentatively titled Super Smash Bros. is an upcoming fighting game for the Nintendo Switch. It was first announced on March 8th, 2018 at the end of the Nintendo Direct released the same day. It will be the fifth installment in the Super Smash Bros. series (sixth if both versions of Super Smash Bros. 4 are counted as two games). The game is scheduled to release in 2018.


The first teaser trailer was revealed at the end of the Nintendo Direct on March 8th, 2018. It suggests that Inklings are the first revealed newcomer to the game (although this has not yet been explicitly confirmed).

Confirmed elements

Silhouettes of characters found in the Direct.


Other characters appear to be silhouetted, but they are less clear; Bowser's horns and hair, Donkey Kong's hair, and Samus's shoulders are clearly visible.

Other confirmed new elements

  • Inkling, with Boy and Girl designs from the original Splatoon, has been confirmed to appear in the game.


Towards the end of Super Smash Bros. 4's post-launch development, Masahiro Sakurai announced that his next project had been decided and that he would be taking a small vacation following the end of development.[1] Prior to leaving Bandai Namco, presumably sometime in 2016, Tiago Sonobe, then a software engineer and graphics programmer for the company, started development on the game's rendering engine. On November 12th, 2017, Nintendo filed a number of trademarks, notably including a Japanese Super Smash Bros. logo.[2]

A Super Smash Bros. title for Nintendo Switch was later officially revealed on March 8th, 2018 via a Nintendo Direct. Shortly after, Sakurai confirmed in a tweet that he had been working on the game "in silence, day after day".[3][4] On March 22nd, 2018, Nintendo announced the Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018, a tournament taking place on June 12th where invited professional players will play the upcoming game. This will likely be the first glimpse of actual gameplay, alongside other footage that will be taken at Nintendo's E3 event. In volume 542 of his Famitsu article, Sakurai revealed that his work schedule had been cut down significantly, citing strict regulations regarding work hours.[5] On April 18th, 2018, Nintendo again filed a number of trademarks for several game logos, including the Super Smash Bros. logo. Most of these game logos originate from games with some relationship to the Smash series, including Pikmin, Star Fox, and F-Zero. These trademarks were approved on May 14th, 2018.[6]



  • This is the first Super Smash Bros. game since the original Super Smash Bros. to not be announced alongside new hardware. Super Smash Bros. Melee was revealed alongside the final retail version of the Nintendo GameCube at E3 2001, Super Smash Bros. Brawl was announced alongside the Wii itself, then-codenamed Revolution at E3 2005, and Super Smash Bros. 4 was announced alongside the Wii U at E3 2011. Moreover, unlike the latter two games, this is the first time since Super Smash Bros. Melee that a Smash Bros. game is not announced years in advance, as Super Smash Bros. Brawl was announced in 2005 and revealed a year later, and Super Smash Bros. 4 was announced in 2011 and revealed two years later, with both released in 2008 and 2014 respectively.
  • The revealed logo includes a slim cross going through the word 'SUPER' and the letter 'A'. This is the only Smash logo to do this.
  • This is the first Super Smash Bros. game to not feature the involvement of Satoru Iwata, the former president of Nintendo, who passed away in July 2015.


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