Nintendo's latest quarterly financial reports are due early next week (at the time of writing), so there's anticipation to see what information Nintendo will share in order to appease its shareholders. As fans already know, 2016 is a big year for the company, and anticipation is building for more details on smart device games and, of course, the NX platform.
There are a lot of rumours pinging around, meaning we have to tread carefully, but a typically reliable source has now made some interesting claims. Dr. Serkan Toto, CEO of Tokyo-based consultancy company Kantan Games, has often provided plenty of interesting data and analysis of the Japanese market; now he's revealed NX details for which he's very happy to back his source.
In short, he's stated the belief that a Super Smash Bros. title is planned to launch with NX, and that Bandai Namco is working on 'several' NX projects.
Bandai Namco is currently developing several NX titles. Smash Bros is planned to be a launch title. I am not sure about the date - yet .— Dr. Serkan Toto (@serkantoto) January 28, 2016
To follow up on my last tweet: I haven't heard if it's a completely new (numbered) Smash Bros or not. Otherwise, source situation is solid.— Dr. Serkan Toto (@serkantoto) January 28, 2016
To be clear, Dr. Serkan Toto isn't your average poster on a forum with an 'uncle that works at Nintendo', but a serious and likely relevant source. He's also stated he doesn't know whether Smash Bros. will be a new numbered entry, a port, or something else entirely.
Breaking this down a little, we suspect any Smash Bros. release on NX would be a 'complete edition', as opposed to a new game; that's only an opinion, of course. It would make sense for an enhanced version of the current-gen title with all DLC to be an early enticement to those eyeing up the NX hardware. As for Bandai Namco, it assisted heavily in the development of the Wii U and 3DS entries and has emerged as a strong partner for Nintendo in recent years.
So, what do you think of this rumour, and would you be happy if it proves to be accurate? Let us know.