NoA President Flippantly Confirms Smash Bros. Coming to Nintendo Switch

by Matthew Hayes

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The Nintendo Switch Presentation didn't go exactly as we hoped it would. The presentation itself was fine, and the Switch looks fantastic, but we were missing some key game announcements. Where the heck was Mother 3? Where are the Wii U ports like Super Smash Bros. and Mario Maker that seemed like a sure thing? While Nintendo hasn't officially confirmed that an enhanced port of Super Smash Bros. is on the way for the Switch, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has confirmed the game as Switch-bound thanks to a subtle slip of the tongue.

In an interview with TIME (via NintendoEverything), Reggie is speaking about how online functionality, and the newly announced paid online service, will work on the Switch. Here's what he had to say (emphasis mine):

"First, there is much more that we will be sharing about our subscription service—the mechanics, the types of content that you’ll get access to, free, on a monthly basis, the price point for the overall service. All of that information will come.

Second point, as you know, we are very aware of what the consumer has articulated to date as to what they want. We are very aware of what our competitors do. The way Nintendo thinks about it, is we want to make the consumer happy, and we want to give them some of the elements that they have been asking for. And we want to give them things that they haven’t even thought of to ask. But, we also believe in differentiated experiences. We believe in doing things differently.

And so our overall proposition will not look the same as our competitors. But what we will do, is we will recognize what consumers like about our competitors, we will look to do it in a way that has a Nintendo flair to it. And we will look to make sure that in the end, we’ve got this robust, online environment that not only works well for our games, like Splatoon and Mario Kart and Smash Bros., but that also works great for our third party developers. "

Well we didn't see it in any kind of sizzle reel, and it's not officially listed on Nintendo's site, but now we have the NoA President stating that when Nintendo is thinking of the online environment on the Switch, Smash Bros. is a part of that big picture. We all knew it was coming, but it's nice to hear it from Reggie himself - even if he didn't mean to let it slip.

By Matthew Hayes

Matthew loves artistic games, RPG loot, all things Nintendo, and esoteric philosophy - if you want to buy him something for his birthday, that's all you need to know. In person, a meek dog-lover. Online, an overly competitive villain. Favorite games include Persona 4 Golden, Rainbow Six Siege, Dark Souls, Rhythm Heaven Megamix, and Jet Set Radio.