Rumor: Super Smash Bros. A Launch Game For NX

It looks like today was a busy day for NX news and rumors. One of the biggest was unleashed by Dr. Serkan Toto, we well respected analyst with many industry contacts. He tweeted earlier today that Bandai Namco is working on several NX titles at the moment. Not only that, but Super Smash Bros. for NX is currently planned to be a launch title. He followed up by admitting that he’s unsure if it’s a brand new game or not, but that his source is solid.

“Bandai Namco is currently developing several NX titles. Smash Bros. is planned to be a launch title. I am not sure about the date – yet.”

“To follow up on my last tweet: I haven’t heard if it’s a completely new (numbered) Smash Bros. or not. Otherwise, source situation is solid.”

Now, assuming this rumor turns out to be true, and also assuming the NX is launching in 2016, what are the odds that this is a remaster or port of the Wii U version versus an entirely new entry in the series? One could argue that because the Wii U never sold that many systems that the game isn’t in too many gamers’ hands. Therefore, it could be a very smart move to have a “game of the year” edition of Super Smash Bros. ready for the NX launch, complete with all of the DLC released for a complete ultimate package. This scenario seems much more plausible than an entirely new entry as the prior game hasn’t even been out for 1.5 years. Plus, one would assume the development team has been busy creating new characters and DLC to support the existing game and therefore wouldn’t have time to invest in an all-new venture.

However, if anyone could pull off a surprise like this, it would be Nintendo and team. It’s entirely possible that work had begun on a sequel immediately following the Wii U game’s launch. That would theoretically give the developers about two years to get the NX game completed, assuming a November 2016 NX system launch is in the cards.

What do you think? Is this rumor plausible, and if so, will it simply be a game of the year edition or an all-new sequel? Let us know in the comments.

[Sources: NeoGAF, Dr. Serkan Toto’s Twitter]

Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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