Nintendo America’s chief operating officer Reggie Fils-Aime has been a busy little bee since the hot new Nintendo Switch debuted last Friday. The executive gave extensive interviews earlier this week to discuss all things Switch, and he addressed several big questions people have voiced surrounding Nintendo’s new console. Namely, Fils-Aime confirmed that Nintendo is working to bring streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Video to the Switch, and he also addressed a number of big complaints people have so far about the console. Now, the executive is back with some more good news, and this time it’s news that eager Nintendo fans are definitely going to want to take note of: Super Smash Bros. is coming soon to a Switch near you.
Like the original Wii — though to a lesser degree — the new Nintendo Switch succeeds in reimagining console gaming. The convertible form factor with the Switch is just the beginning; the Joy-Con controllers are also a novel twist on the original motion controllers that made the Wii so fantastic. Of course, the Wii had a handful of games available on day one (namely Wii Sports) that showcased the controllers’ capabilities. The Switch, on the other hand, does not.
The lack of top-tier games available at launch seems to be gamers’ biggest gripe so far with the system. The good news, however, is that things should change somewhat quickly. Indie developers see how well the Switch is already selling, which should certainly attract a great deal of attention and bring some fun third-party titles to the console. Plus the next big launch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, is already available for preorder and due to launch at the end of next month.
Of course, Mario Kart isn’t the only Nintendo franchise that Switch owners are anxiously awaiting. And now, for the first time, Nintendo has confirmed that a new Super Smash Bros. title is indeed in the works for the Nintendo Switch.
“Smash is obviously one of our best-selling franchises,” Fils-Aime told Katie Linendoll during a recent interview, as noted by GameSpot. “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 of our classic franchises.”
The executive continued, “There’s gonna be one great Super Mario experience, there’s gonna be great Zelda experience, so you can expect, you can anticipate at some point in the future, who knows when, that all of our franchises will be addressed. We know that the fans love these games, love this content, so stay tuned.”
While Fils-Aime stopped well short of providing a release date or even a launch time frame, this will be welcome news to Switch owners who are dying to get their hands on new titles from all of Nintendo’s top franchises. In addition to Mario Kart, Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey are already available for preorder as well.