There have been a lot of question marks in the wake of Thursday's sudden surprising reveal of Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo Switch. The biggest question on this end has been whether this will be an all-new game or an updated port of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. That question is starting to become slightly clearer with news that longtime series director Masahiro Sakurai is set to return.
"Right now we're just at the stage where we revealed this game, but I’ve been working on this game in silence day after day," Sakurai said on Twitter (via Polygon). "Please wait until we can release more information, or until release day!"
What's surprising about Sakurai's return is that the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game had taken a massive toll on him. Not just mentally, but physically, as Sakurai has suffered muscle ruptures and calcific tendonitis in the past. After the release of those two games, Sakurai spoke of his mental drain in Weekly Famitsu. Weeks later, he had told Game Informer magazine (via NintendoLife) that this past generation of Smash Bros. games would be his last.
But Thursday's tweets seem to indicate that not only is Sakurai back in the saddle, he's been riding the horse for some time. That seems to lend credence to the idea that the upcoming Switch game is an entirely new entry to the Smash Bros. series. It also indicates that "2018" may indeed mean a bonafide release window, not just that more information is coming this year.
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