After well over a year of waiting, Nintendo fans are finally being treated to a major Nintendo Direct presentation tomorrow.
Earlier today, the company announced that it will host a 50-minute show featuring games coming to Switch in 2021, while also giving a small nod to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It seems that Smash fans will definitely want to tune in, as series director Masahiro Sakurai has also taken to social media to tease news during the show.
Translated by @PushDustIn, Sakurai's comment reads, "Heh, it seems there will be Smash information in the upcoming Direct. Heh." PushDustIn notes that Sakurai is 'chuckling to himself' in the comment.
Smash's inclusion this time around is an interesting one, because new fighter reveals usually receive their own standalone presentations. Could it be that the main show will feature a reveal of a new fighter, with a second Smash-specific presentation set to follow shortly afterwards? Or does this mean that tomorrow's Smash news won't feature a new character reveal at all? Surely we're not getting a third Fighter's Pass?
All will be revealed tomorrow, so make sure to come back and visit us at 2pm PT / 5pm ET / 10pm GMT / 11pm CET. We'll be streaming the presentation live, and you'll find it sitting at the very top of our homepage.
Are you hoping for a new fighter reveal, or something else? Feel free to share your wildest dreams with us in the comments below.
It'll be 50 min of just Smash
Thanks for the warning. I'll not be watching it with chat then
Smash fighters have received their own reveals as of late simply because of the lack of directs. They used to be mostly announced in directs before the hiatus.
That said, the new fighter is probably going to get its own showcase after the direct, or not too long after anyway.
Unless it's another Fire Emblem character, I'm not interested. Smash isn't really my thing, y'know?
Sakurai, please don't announce something in the middle of the direct. My toad heart can't take it.
"Surely we're not getting a third Fighter's Pass?"
I am doubtful, but if it were real, I am not sure I would say no. It will probably depend on the rest of this pass for me though. Pass 1 was great for me, but not enjoying Pass 2 as much.
I'm guessing 2 -3 minutes for a character reveal, a full 20 minutes of Sakurai pushing buttons closer to release.
Unless they are announcing a port of SSB for Wii U. 😂
I think we might be getting some kind of new feature in addition to a fighter. a new single player campaign would be pretty cool
A third fighter pass with half the second still to be revealed seems unlikely.
I expect a new fighter will be revealed and then they'll get a dedicated video shortly after.
Commenting to say I stopped caring about smash 2 years ago.
I'm hoping for Cash Banooca
Might be an inclusion nobody would predict. Master Chief, confirmed. Lol
Honestly, I’m probably more interested in the new game announcements. Smash really isn’t my thing.
Man, I thought Directs were done. I am so happy to have been proven wrong. Can't wait to see who the new character is.
I seem to recall it being mentioned somewhere that the second Season Pass would be the last and pretty much wrap up the game. Of course I'd like to be wrong, because more new fighters would mean more chances for folks to see their favorite characters make it in.
I could honestly see Dooomguy given how pally Nintendo and Bethesda are with eachother
Man I really hope this Direct isn’t all about Smash Bros. Not really a SMB fan, and quite frankly I couldn’t care any less about the roster additions or new Amibos being released.
I haven't bought any of the DLC and that's unlikely to change so I hope that it's just a trailer for a new character and not some super long segment.
Hmm, maybe a physical release for a content complete version of Smash Ultimate?
Or something, even bigger...?
Monster Hunter rep, maybe.
@Ralizah It seemed like Byleth was either going to be Monster Hunter or Tracer at first and the idea got shut down so I wouldn't look forward to him getting in
Here comes some more random Fire Emblem crap.
@Thumbsofsteel It' won't be. Remember, Smash Bros. is only a small piece of the overall pie that is Nintendo. For all we know, we could end up getting either a Sonic Rep for his 30th Anniversary. like Amy Rose, due to the fact that we need a NEW remix of "My Sweet Passion!" Or we could get someone else. But Sakurai has agreed that we have too many Fire Emblem Characters. Yet if we get Waluigi, then counting the Mario Sub-Series (Yoshi, Donkey Kong, WarioWare) as Mario reps, then we have TOO MUCH MARIO CHARACTERS! Don't forget, there's The Legend of Zelda's 35th Anniversary kicking off this month, too.
I personally would not be too keen to have a third pass. Sure, we all want to see new characters coming to Smash with a never-ending roster, but there comes a point where the total cost of the DLC would just get too high. Both fighter passes already come close to the price of the base game; I'm not saying that they are bad value, but I think if they added even more DLC on top of what we already have the price would leave a sour taste in the mouths of many. At this point, I'd rather wait for a new-gen port of Smash Ultimate that includes all current DLC on cart, and perhaps adds new over time; to me it seems almost a given that something like this would happen in the future.
Either way, I'm looking forward to the reveal. I hope it'll be a nice surprise for everyone!
Doom Slayer or Crash. It's my turn to get something I want from the fighters pass, hahah
Stop! Im gonna faint! Too much hype!
God, I was so excited to see 50 minutes but if a lot of that time is spent revealing and talking about a new Smash character that will be so disappointing.
Eh either Monster Hunter or maybe a gen 8 pokemon would interest me. I already have my dream character in smash, that being Hero.
Now that I think about it, Mordegon from dq11 would be kinda cool but extremely unlikely. Maybe a mii costume instead
@YoshiAngemon "It won't be"? I'd like to remind you of the 2018 E3 Direct, where Ultimate was over half of the entire Direct.
@YoshiAngemon you really can’t say that Mario has to many characters because that’s nintendos main franchise that got em all started, so of course they would keep on giving the series characters. Aside from that it’s time for my main man doom slayer to get in, or crash. Just imagine doom slayer, where how all of the doom games soundtracks are rock, so you could have him and Mario fight to rip and tear.
Calling it now, gonna be Masterchief.
@Harmonie Smash was also the biggest Switch release of 2018. Subsequent non-Smash Directs haven't dedicated a substantial portion of time to new stuff about the game.
They're just trying to draw eyes to the presentation.
@MS7000 If there is more DLC I don't think it will have a fighter pass if there is any more I think it will be purchased seperatly
@Ralizah We don't know that this won't be a similar situation and that Nintendo doesn't have anything to show for here and just pads out the time revealing a Smash character and talking about them. As we've seen in Smash Directs, Sakurai can take a 30 minutes just revealing and talking about a character.
Judging by how sakurai cant stop laughing even when tweeting I think the trailer includes an epic troll
@OnlyItsMeReid Sort of what I am thinking. I am fairly sure that Sakurai himself said in the presentation where the second pass was announced that he was not personally planning on doing the second pass, but perhaps just one or two extra characters. Could be what happens now if more are indeed coming.
@FroZtedFlakerZz cultist base intensifies
Which character chuckles in itself? Which one is Sakurai teasing?
@Harmonie We don't know that nuclear war won't break out tomorrow, either. Nothing is absolute.
With that said, previous non-Smash-specific directs haven't dedicated a ton of time to updates about the game and Switch has a lot of notable upcoming releases that need to be discussed, so there's almost no justification for paranoia about Smash info taking up half the direct.
Hopefully not for that long, who am I kidding, will probably half the running time.
Smash sale 75% off
WA! LU! I! GI! WA! LU! I! GI!
I swear, if half the Direct is about a new fighter...
Jonesy/Penny from Fortnite in Smash with Samus going to Fortnite dual announcement.
Imagine we got doom guy and his invite trailer was him teaming up with isabelle to slay some zombies. Like this https://youtu.be/p2qgIlpcZ1w
It will never happen but it would be so cool to see them team up officially
Reimu for smash!!
Eggman, Doom Guy, Shantae, Ryu Hyabusha, Ray Man.
These guys have the most chance to make it. But which one?
Or will it be a curve be and be someone else?
@Ralizah They certainly could have a decent amount of stuff to announce and not spend a lot of time on Smash, but the way they have acted as of late does not give me much hope.
I don't remember the last time we had a good Direct, TBH. The last one we had the "major" announcement was a remastered port of a Xenoblade game. SMH.
With Monster Hunter a month away, that's who the next character will represent.
Sony is going to sell about 37 PS5s in Japan in late March and April.
I hope it's a NINTENDO character as I'm tired of third party fighters now. Hoping, as always for Toad to join for the fight (can't believe he's been in none of the games) but Waluigi or Birdo would be fun too!
Sakurai announces the return of tripping!
Crash Bandicoot and Ryu Hayabusa are likely candidates but a first party like Saki (Sin and Punishment), Mike Jones (StarTropics), or one of the cop from Astral Chains are possible too.
Yeah DOOM Slayer for me too, please!
That'd make the whole second pass for me!
Confirming that you can fight against the AI in online mode? Nah, that will never happen.
Wouldn't really mind 50 minutes of just Smash Bros.
I will never give up on Muddy Mole getting in!
Could be a past stages pack. Pretty sure Nintendo know there is demand for the missing stages, particularly Poke Floats
i think i have around 1500 hours of smash ultimate (and it' my very first one).. i have both season pass, i put on elite 4 of the DLC characters.. and they are SO MUCH fun to play with.. I mean "no matter who they announces", for sure it will be fun... i've been playing with min min (although i have absolutely no will to play ARMS) she is so cool.. and fun.. next will be steve (and again, i have never ever played minecract.. and im eager to play as sephiroth... smash is amazing!!
I would love anything that extends the game.. a new campaign, more modes, more assists trophies, stages.. another season pass..
@daisygurl so, it opens with ryu hayabusa holding an invite, then it cuts to jonsey holding an invite, after the same for phoenix, tracer and master chief. When they open it, it's a single upside down L. Then, the camera cuts to waluigi, laughing because he sent these troll invites. Then, WALUIGI JOINS THE BATTLE or something
Crash and Master Chief together smiling and then Mario gives them cake XXXXX
Show Breath of the Wild 2, some new info on Metroid Prime 4, and Doom Slayer in smash and I'll be over the moon!
Soooo... he laughs like “HauHaw” in Japanese... This means we are getting The Simpsons Nelson Muntz! Or... HAAHAA!!! I got it! Waluigi is the WINNER!
It'll be Seliph to celebrate the announcement of a Fire Emblem Genealogy of the Holy War remake
On a more serious note, I think it'll be Crash or Monster Hunter.
@BenAV Not even for Terry or Banjo? What about Sephiroth?!!!
@rex_rex With Septhiroth killing the final boss, it should have a game extension based on that idea.
Waluigi in Smash. Geno in Smash.
Make it happen Nintendo. Embrace it.
My top 10 Smash picks
1. Phoenix Wright
2. Commander Shepard
3. Doom Slayer
5. Master Chief
6. Karate Joe
7. Midna (I know, assist trophy, but a man can dream)
8. Saki Amamiya
9. Spyro the Dragon
@MysteryCupofJoe Don't particularly care about any of them. I think the only DLC character so far that remotely interests me is Min Min but not enough to make me want to buy it. Too expensive for someone who plays the game as infrequently as I do, I'd never get value for money.
Gamecube games are coming...
Y'know, as much as I always love new fighters, I'd love to see like, a custom break the targets mode or something wacky like that... okay maybe I just really miss break the targets.
If we get majoras mask on switch I’m sending every one in these comments $100 dollars. Don’t care about nothing else in life but majoras mask.
I’d love to be able to take two players online from the same switch and play with friends that way... but sadly that just make too much sense..
@Yosher it still feels odd though because they used NOT to tell in advance that smash fighters would be included in the Direct so that it ultimately always revealed as a "surprise"(but one predictable enough we'd asks ourselves WHEN they'd appear in the Direct).
So I can't help but wonder. Plus with almost three years after release I can't help but shake the feeling Smash it's due for -something- more than just "another fighter"?
Like, game modes or specifically "new" stuff that can be played in single player or coop.
Trying to keep expectations low however but the game does feel due for more than just a DLC and something like a true "expansion"(kind of like Splatoon 2 did) before they call a close to this one.
@BenAV Do you feel this is the peak for Smash or can they do something new?
I think the only new thing they can do for next consoles is go on a 3D plane. I am not sure how effective that will be.
@Christofu honestly I miss subspace Emissary and the way it played like a single player / coop brawler. World of Light is nice but basically the Event Battles mode of previous games with just a shinier coat of paint.
Meanwhile the outright "1-2 players battling horses and bosses in ever changing locales"(and all the cinematics' crossover interaction hijinks) of Subspace Emissary is definitely something I feel the franchise is missing.
But on the other hand even with that weird feeling that Smash is due for "more" than yet another fighter... I don't see how something Subspace Emissary-grade could happen shorts of a new game(to not say short of making -it- the new game).
@MysteryCupofJoe I don't think 3d plane will ever happen because it'd become an entirely different game.
And "more fighting game, but with a radical change that could push off the entire community" isn't really how you'd create something "fresh" for Smash.
Honestly they'd probably get much more mileage out of something like "keep Smash as-is but bring an expansion or brand new game focusing on the crossover beat-em-up SP/coop hijinks of Subspace Emissary to a new public".
The old game would remain to enjoy as they already enjoyed it meanwhile the beat-em-up/coop-focused expansion or such could draw from different crowds by doing something different than what the current game does(focusing on other experiences than "2-4 characters fighting in a mostly static arena") without having to radically change the original experience.
personally I would love to see Dixie Kong. cannot believe she is not in the game yet. I would even take her as a shadow of diddy. just please nintendo put her in there.
We finally get a Direct and its going to be 15 minutes of games we already know about, then 35+ minutes of nothing but Smash. I am so sick of this game and its DLC. I realize people have already bought packs and there's a rabid fan base, but have a separate Smash event for crap's sake. These over produced, dragged out reveals take up far too much real-estate in these announcements and Directs. I enjoy Smash with friends, but there's already 80+ fighters and a crap ton of stages. Can we move on? Or at least separate them from Directs? It would be best for everyone. Rant (mostly) over.
Given his love of trolling us (remember the “W” gesture for Byleth?) I wouldn’t be surprised if those “Heh”s are a massively subtle clue.
Beavis & Butthead confirmed.
What I want more than anything else in Smash is the option to reorganise the character/stage select screens.
@MysteryCupofJoe I think smash maybe stuck in 2d forever. 8 players in a 3d arena? I can not even begin to think how that would work. unless they started over and put 1on 1 fighting and tag in partners. I am afraid nintendo has backed themselves into a developement corner.
And with such a drastic change, as much as some nintendo fans cry about everything. like mario 3d world, pokemon sword and shield. you know not being able to play 4 to 8 characters at once would throw some fans into a rage. So I do not know where the series goes from here. I guess we just will have to wait and see.
@MysteryCupofJoe My guess would be that the next game's changes will be pretty minor. At this point now that they've added all the characters back in, they can't really remove any of them again without it feeling like a step backwards and if they dramatically change the gameplay then it'd be a lot of work to rebalance all the characters again. Probably best to just use what they have now as a platform and add a few more characters, stages, modes, etc. without really touching the actual gameplay.
@TheBigK I'm the opposite. Because of all the Smash characters, I'm not buying any more fighter passes unless they put Doom Slayer, Travis Touchdown or Ryu Hayabusa in them. Any other characters and it's a hard pass from me. Maaaaybe Master Chief, but I'm not sure that would happen.
Me: Sora! Sora! Sora!
Everyone else: For the last time, Sora is NOT coming to Smash! Give it a rest already!
Me: I’ll just wait for a Mii fighter outfit then . . .
Everyone else: No. You listen to us. We’re not getting Kingdom Hearts content in Smash. At best the last DLC fighter will be a custom character that you can make into anything you want . . . except Sora.
Can't wait for the reveal of yet another anime sword dude that only weebs, Japanese players and hardcore Nintendo fans would care about.
Crash Bandicoot is the new fighter!
@Ludovsky I wouldn't expect anything beyond fighters, stages, music and spirits anymore honestly. I believe they said that the last mode update has already happened, when that mode dropped (I forgot what it was, specifically).
That said I still want certain small QoL updates like being able to rearrange the character select screen because my OCD does not like the mess that it is now.
Elma for Smash, leading into Xenoblade X Deluxe Edition. Top it off with BotW2, available after this Direct!
(Braces for disappointment)
@Ludovsky agreed. World of Light Is sad because it feels really huge and ambitious but it just doesn't feel as special
Rearrange would be great!
My understanding was that Smash going forward will not have this many characters.
That seems counter-intuitive to me as well, but I believe that was said in an interview.
Only the most popular will move on
Y'all watch. They gonna finally add Waluigi just bc ppl wouldn't shut up about him 😅
I’m hoping they announce something Metroid or Zelda related. I doubt it’ll happen but like to you said, it’s an anniversary year.
Just remember: There's a chance that we might get Dr. Eggman, voiced by Mike Pollock, who would say "Now you know why I am the best!" For one of his victory screens, and this wouid be his victory theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj3ItWjGnEQ The EggmanLand Theme from Sonic Unleashed! It's way more epic for him than the Sonic 06 Victory Theme.
I can imagine one of four candidates for this next Fighter:
you know its big when sakurai pulls out the double "heh" on us
Just stopped by to like all the Waluigi comments. 😄
It would rule to see his sneering snively wahness in Smash!
I hope it is either Shantae or Rayman.
I think that it'll be 2 characters...
My guess would be the Monster Hunter and Crash Bandicoot, however, after Sephiroth I think that anyone is possible.
@Thumbsofsteel I feel exactly the same.
@LUIGITORNADO why u still read about what's goin on with the game then or on a website or webpage dedicated to smash if u "gave it up" sounds like u are kid with a stick who likes to stir how u say the poo pot and look at me feeding right into it
@Christofu yeah. I mean I completed it and I loved that the MAP itself at least featured plenty elements of exploration(and realizing that definitely helped my enjoyment) despite initially seeming to be just a case of node-based movement. Or that it even had light puzzles if I recall well.
But that the fights themselves were just basically glorified "event mode" matches felt a bit disappointing except for the couple of traditional boss fights.
Is it possible for another fighter pass?
@Lagster_YT Anything is possible...
Don't get why people assuming it going to mainly focus on smash, if anything it probably be about improvements happening to thier online service which will benefit smash online, with a slight chance of a character reveal. I feel Nintendo we talk about thier success during 2020, the future of directs, Zelda 35th anniversary plans and some new games announcements.
For some reason with Xbox teasing some reveal, rumours of Microsoft helping Nintendo on developing thier online services we may get some Microsoft Nintendo announcement.
@RayGargoyle2543 who really cares If I don’t care. Move on
Goku for smash?
Maybe Crash or Dante as the new fighter? Maybe?
@Dr_Evil_64 The Xbox reveal is happening a few hours before the Direct, likely to be double framerate enhancements for Series X|S so like Fallout 4 becoming 60fps.
It seems that tomorrow we will have more information about Smash
@Aurumonado : Thats my concern too. And I have zero interest in smash.
its in my collection, I keep trying to play it, but i feel like im just mashing buttons with no real clear idea of what im doing.
i find it dull, but that's probably me - more than the game itself.
I fear we wont see much else other than Smash though
@Sac_instead ... Well at least we get to see Groose
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