Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Switch is not a basic update of the Wii U Smash Bros., but a brand new title in its own right, Nintendo has said.
Speaking with USGamer at E3 this week, Nate Bihldorff, localization manager for Treehouse, confirmed that the action-packed brawler has been built from the ground-up for the Big N’s hybrid console, squashing fears that it was just an updated version of the Wii U Smash Bros.
He didn’t really refer to the game as a sequel however, noting that the Smash Bros. games don’t really have sequels. He makes a point, to be honest.
‘It’s definitely not an update,’ said Bihldorff. ‘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 certainly lives up to its name from what we’ve seen, packing in every single character the franchise has ever seen. There’s also returning stages, many of which have been spruced up from their previous incarnations.
That even applies to the Wii U version, which Bihldorff notes was already in high-definition and therefore may initially seem like they haven’t changed. They have however, it’s just more subtle.
‘When you’re bringing back stages, especially when you look at a stage from the Wii U version which was already in HD, at first glance it’s going to be a little bit similar. That’s when you need to go to the next level and look at lighting, how the players are interacting,’ he said.
As well as returning characters, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate introduces some fresh faces, including Princess Daisy, Ridley, and Inkling.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is scheduled for release on December 7.