Smash Bros. Invitational

One of the most anticipated games of the year (or perhaps 2019), is that of the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Switch. After a surprise reveal in a Nintendo Direct a few months ago, there’s still very little known about the project, other than the Inklings making their triumphant debut. The burning question on everyone’s minds is whether this is a simple “enhanced edition” of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, or a proper Smash 5.

Bill Trinen recently talked to Hollywood Reporter about the upcoming invitational, which is due to pull some of the best players from across Smash 4 and Super Smash Bros. Melee for a winner takes all bout. Trinen makes it sound like the invitational is intended to showcase the strength and depth of the Smash competitive scene; here’s what he said:

It’s an exciting way to showcase the new game with some of the best players in the world playing it. Typically players from the different games don’t play against each other, but we wanted to showcase the game before launch and wanted to represent both sides of what is a very strong Smash Bros. community.

The interesting nugget came, however, when Trinen was asked directly whether it’s a new game or not, to which he coyly replied, “Stay tuned.” He then followed it up with this statement,

The tournament is going to be designed to show quite a bit of the game in terms of modes, characters and items, but obviously we won’t show everything and we’re keeping a few surprises for later in the year.

It would be a bit deflating if Trinen outed the new game as Smash 5 in an article like this just before E3, but his wording does make one wonder what the final game is shaping up to be. Suffice to say, all eyes will be on Nintendo when they show it off this week.

What do you think? Is this a new game or a port? Who else do you think could realistically make the roster? Share your thoughts in the comments below.