The big debate in the Nintendo Switch camp right now is whether or not the recently revealed Smash Bros. game will be a director's cut of the version seen on the Wii U and 3DS or an entirely new game. Recently, it was revealed that series creator Masahiro Sakurai is working on the Switch title, which many are taking as proof that we're talking about an entirely new brawler.
The folks over at Source Gaming recently took to Twitter to translate a tweet from Sakurai himself. Based on their findings, it sounds like whatever version of Smash is coming to Switch has been in the makings for quite a while.
In case you missed the recent Nintendo Direct, the Switch Smash Bros. announcement capped off an impressive show boasting details on games like Splatoon 2, Okami, Captain Toad, a new WarioWare and more. While Mario Tennis Aces was the "headline" title covered, there's no denying that Smash Bros. absolutely stole the show.
Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if this is the last we hear from Nintendo on a grand scale until E3 in June. And if they've got some sort of playable version of the new Smash available on the showroom floor, they'll have just as big a showing in 2018 as they did in 2017.
The announcement that Sakurai is even involved with a new Smash title is surprising, as he's stated in the past that the series is exhausting to work on. That's why we're not entirely convinced his involvement points directly to a brand new game. A director's cut of the most recent game (with some new content, obviously) with Sakurai attached isn't exactly hard to imagine. Also, since most of the heavy lifting has already been done, that might have been what enticed him to come back to the series for another go.
Since the last Smash came out about three years ago, that's got many folks wondering if Nintendo has had enough time to build an entirely new entry in the series, especially since they didn't know right off the bat that the Wii U entry would have such a short-lived life. Then again, a completely new Smash would almost certainly use the most recent game as a skeleton so, again, it wouldn't be as difficult as starting from the ground up, especially if they want to carry over parts of the roster and levels.
Either way, we're excited and are just going to take Sakurai's advice to heart. We could speculate all day and get no closer to knowing for sure if this is a new Smash or an updated game. Better to just be happy that "something" is coming, and wait for Nintendo to finally make a full reveal.