Yesterday's Nintendo Direct was packed with trailers and announcements, but it's safe to say that the show-stealer was a final clip that revealed Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo capped off their March 8 Direct presentation with the above trailer, making it clear that a Smash Bros. game is heading to the Nintendo Switch sometime in 2018. There are still a lot of unanswered questions, and many folks figured Smash on the Switch was only a matter of time, but it's still nice to finally have confirmation.
If you're wondering why the trailer kicks off with a couple of Squid Kids from Splatoon, that's because Nintendo got cheeky with their presentation yesterday. The big focus of the presentation was Mario Tennis: Aces, with extra announcements for upcoming 3DS games (Including freaking WarioWare, y'all!) and Switch titles set to launch through the next year. We got launch dates for games like Octopath Traverler and Hyrule Warriors, as well as confirmation that a couple other Switch ports, like Captain Toad, are heading to other Nintendo consoles.
The "final" game of the presentation, though, was Splatoon 2, which offered details on a big update bringing new gear and maps to the game next month, as well as some single player DLC. The idea here was to pull a fast one on viewers. Following all of those Splatoon announcements, the beginning of the Smash trailer was supposed to make folks think for a moment that they were watching just one more big reveal for Splatoon 2.
Next thing you know, the Squid kids stop running around and notice a giant, blazing Smash logo is looming behind them, which we take as confirmation that the Squid Kids will be official characters in the game rather than DLC cosmetic items.
But here's the big question: Is this a port of the most recent Smash Bros. or a totally new game? Seeing as how Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS and Wii U are only a couple years old at this point, having a brand new game come out for the Switch seems like a pretty quick turnaround for Nintendo. It also makes sense that it would be a "director's cut" of sorts, since that's what Nintendo has already been doing with some of the biggest games to launch (and therefore go mostly unnoticed) on the Wii U.
Other than the Squid Kids, we see silhouettes of other fighters from the Smash series that are pretty hard to mistake. We get a close-up look at Mario and Link, too. The fact that Link is the Breath of the Wild version of the character is serving as proof for many folks that this is a new game, but a simple redesign for the character could also be the explanation. This being the internet, you can do a simple search and turn up theories galore on the matter.
Otherwise, get hyped, because Smash Bros. is coming to Switch this year. We're just looking forward to Nintendo clearing up the new-vs-port debate with a quickness.