Super Smash Bros. Ultimate may be bringing all of the series’ fighters back for another brawl, but the same can’t be said for the stages.
According to Famitsu‘s E3 preview of the upcoming game, Nintendo Treehouse’s Nate Bihldorff and Bill Trinen confirmed that “not all past stages are going to be in the game but a whole lot of them will.” Source Gaming translated the Japanese publication’s article and shared the excerpt on Twitter, which you can see below.
The biggest reveal is that not every stage will be returning like every character will be.
“Not all past stages are going to be in the game but a whole lot of them will.” (2) pic.twitter.com/dCM1WAMTkq
— Source Gaming (@AllSourceGaming) June 26, 2018
During this year’s Nintendo E3 showcase, the company announced all fighters from every entry in the series, including third-party and DLC characters, would be returning in Ultimate. With that surprise on the table, many believed the development team was planning to keep the nostalgia train going by announcing all previous stages would also be accessible in the new game. However, it appears there will be a selection of blasts from the pasts left on the cutting room floor.
It’s unclear which areas didn’t make the cut, but the E3 presentation showed a few we know will be in the final game, such as Princess Peach’s Castle and Metroid’s Frigate Orpheon. It’s possible the developers favored a faster development process over reworking every old stage, as Nintendo confirmed Ultimate is a new game built from the ground up and not a port of the most recent Wii U entry.
While the news might disappoint some fans, there will be plenty of other features in Ultimate to enjoy. In addition to the expansive returning roster, Nintendo also revealed the Splatoon Inklings, Metroid’s Ridley, and Super Mario’s Daisy will be new playable characters. Eight-player battles will be in the mix again, and some fighters will even have new Final Smashes to try out.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will arrive on Nintendo Switch on December 7th.
Source: Source Gaming on Twitter