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The official Japanese Nintendo Twitter account has tweeted out that after E3, users in Japan will be able to try out the latest Super Smash Bros for Switch at three real-world tournaments on the following dates:

  • Rage 2018 Summer on June 17 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba
  • Jisedai World Hobby Fair 2018 Summer from June 23 to 24 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba
  • Jump Victory Carnival 2018 Tokyo on July 16 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba
  • Jump Victory Carnival 2018 Osaka on July 22 at Intex Osaka
  • Special thanks to Twitter user @serkantoto for the translation.


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    Tiago Sonobe worked at Bandai Namco between April 2014 and August 2016 as a software engineer and graphics programmer. That same month, he moved over to Nintendo – also as a software engineer.

    Sonobe’s work history is notable due to an apparent tweet which has now been deleted (and his account as well). In his message, Sonobe mentions that he left Bandai Namco before the production on Smash Bros. Switch started. However, he further says he created the rendering engine it’s built on.

    Back when Nintendo was producing DLC for Smash Bros. Wii U / 3DS, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said he’d like to see Banjo included. Now that Smash Bros. is returning on Switch, fans are once again asking about the possibility of Banjo appearing.

    Nothing has changed with Spencer’s mindset over the past few years. When asked if he’s still willing to let Banjo – as well as Kazooie – show up in the new game, he shared a simple “Yep”.

    At the very end of yesterday’s Smash Bros. Switch reveal trailer, a bunch of characters were pictured, though only as small silhouettes. Twitter user NibrocRock has now cleaned up the image to give us a much better look at who was being teased. You can see the revised version below.

    Masahiro Sakurai has confirmed that he will have some involvement in the newest Smash Bros in a tweet. The team is hard at work on the game everyday, nothing too specific though is stated.


    Even before we truly knew what Switch was, rumors have persisted about Smash Bros. appearing on the new platform by featuring content from the games on Wii U and 3DS. Speculation has now picked up once again.

    Emily Rogers, who has been both spot on and occasionally off the mark with Nintendo rumors, claims that a Smash Bros. games will be announced and released for Switch later this year. Rogers further says that it will include new content as well as re-worked content from the Wii U and 3DS games.

    Rogers isn’t sure as to how Nintendo will brand the game. It’s possible that it could be a deluxe edition, some sort of sequel, or a full sequel.

    Thanks to LukasManak for the tip.

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    Here’s something pretty neat in Bayonetta 2 on Switch. When you use certain amiibo, the message above appears, which looks like a clear reference to Bayonetta’s appearance in Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS. It is apparently not in the original Wii U version.

    The first thought people are having is that the message could be teasing an appearance of Rodin in an upcoming Smash Bros. title. That’s probably looking too much into what’s just an Easter egg, but it can be fun to speculate.

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    Nintendo Australia is bringing their current coverage of Kirby’s 25th anniversary to a close with a new video. There’s talk about the character’s appearance in Smash Bros. as well as favorite transformations. Check out the video below.


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    After the final round of content for Shovel Knight is wrapped up highlighted by the King Knight campaign, you can count on Yacht Club Games taking a break from the series for a little while. If and when the studio does return to the IP though, one possibility could see Shovel Knight entering the 3D space with a N64-type game.

    This is something we’ve heard Yacht Club talk a bit about before, but the studio’s Nick Wozniak really seems interested in the idea. Wozniak stated the following when asked by AppTrigger where he’d like to see the franchise be taken next:

    “Anything? I think one of the things we want to work on in the far future is definitely like a Shovel Knight 64, a 3D platformer. We would all love that. We all love Mario 64 to pieces and would just love to be able to jump into that.”

    Update 2 (6/1): The person behind the images has come forward confirming that the “leak” is fake. That’s the end of it, folks!


    Update: While it’s not been made absolutely official, we can close the book on this one. The evidence here and certain sites such as GameXplain stating outright that the images were fabricated are enough.


    Original (5/30): One game heavily rumored for Switch ever since the system’s reveal is Smash Bros. Early speculation suggested that Nintendo would eventually bring out something that mixes the Wii U and 3DS versions together into one ultimate package. With Nintendo’s big E3 presentation just two weeks away, the Smash Bros. Switch rumor is back in the news.

    Unconfirmed screenshots from Smash Bros. on Switch are beginning to spread like wildfire online. The images appear to originate from 4Chan. Although anyone can post on the site under anonymity – making some rumors dubious – reports have panned out correctly from time to time in the past. In fact, before Nintendo’s Switch unveiling in January, someone accurately leaked the full slate of titles that appeared at hands-on events.

    A first glance at the Smash Bros. screenshots would lead us to believe that they’re the real deal, or at least that someone put in a lot of effort here. But you know what people say these days: anyone can create a fake leak. Switch will undoubtedly receive a Smash Bros. game at some point, though we definitely can’t say that these images can be trusted. If they are true, we’re looking at some new content like Target Smash and improved visuals in the 3DS stages.

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