When Nintendo announced its new Super Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo Switch, fans wondered whether the game would be a new creation all its own or an enhanced port of the Wii U version of the game (a la Mario Kart 8 Deluxe). Now that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been fully unveiled, Nintendo has an answer.
“It’s definitely not an update,” Treehouse localization manager Nate Bihldorff told USgamer. “It’s a brand new game built from the ground up. As far as it being a ‘sequel,’ I don’t really think of Smash Bros. games as being sequels, they’re just new Smash Bros. games. Everything has been built brand new.”
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has made a major point of bringing back “everyone” from past Smash Bros. games, letting fans play as any character who has ever appeared in a past Smash Bros. game. However, Bihldorff was quick to emphasize that just because the same characters are in a game, that doesn’t mean that the game is a port.
“Of course you see returning characters and returning movesets, but that’s sort of the nature of a fighting game,” Bihldorff said. “You obviously want to bring in new players, but you have to satisfy core players…. It’s a tough balance, but yeah, it’s a brand new game.”
Bihldorff added that the game has received “significant upgrades” in other areas, such as the lighting engine, the texture work, and the appearances of certain returning characters like Zelda and young Link. And, of course, there are some all-new characters, including Ridley from the Metroid series and the Inklings from Splatoon.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases on December 7th for the Nintendo Switch.