Four years ago, Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U was released. Since then, Nintendo’s “Nintendo Direct” promotional streams have been decried by the increasingly impatient Smash community when they have always failed to mention a sequel to the wildly popular crossover platform fighter. Say what you will about Smash fans, you can’t deny how vocal and committed they are — and now, their prayers and pleas have been answered at last.
Teased at the very end of today’s Nintendo Direct broadcast was a short 1-minute promo: Starting off slyly as (what appeared to be) more Splatoon 2 promotional footage, the tone quickly shifted when the Super Smash Bros. logo appeared in a fiery blaze.
At the time of this writing, it’s completely unclear as to whether this is a port of the Wii U version, or if this is a full-fledged sequel. Nintendo followed up with a tweet confirming that some version of Super Smash Bros. is Switch-inbound this year:
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) March 8, 2018
Either way, two things are certain: the Inklings are in, and we will see a decline in the number of Wii U consoles at tournaments at some point this year.