There’s an interesting rumor going around, but this one actually strikes as very possibly and incredibly fake. But, since it’s interesting, I’ve decided to share it anyways.
The rumor states that the next Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS will be a “retro meets modern” style type of game, where the 3DS version will focus on the “retro” aspect of the series, whereas the Wii U will feature the modern aspect of the series. If the games are to connect, both styles would be made available for both versions, so the character rosters for both games can significantly increase.
Some supposed leaked characters include those fan favorites: Donkey Kong Jr., Ridley, Mach Rider, and a plethora of other retro gaming mascots. The rumor also states that the game would be called Super Smash Bros. Memories.
So, here’s why this rumor is probably (like, 99% positively probability) bogus: the rumor states that the game would be made available during the holiday season.
1) Nintendo has a pretty good track record of revealing big name games during events such as E3 or Nintendo Direct.
2) Though a “retro meets modern” play style does seem quite appealing to some, Super Smash Bros. Memories doesn’t follow the series’ trend of using fight-based subtitles (i.e. Melee and Brawl.) Subtitles such as Battle Royal, Fray, or Rumble would’ve made much more sense.
3) Iwata has explicitly stated that the next Super Smash Bros. games wouldn’t make it to the development phase until Kid Icarus: Uprising was finished. Seeing as Kid Icarus: Uprising was recently released earlier this year, and calculating the long development cycle, a Holiday 2012/Early 2013 release is highly unlikely.
Of course, let’s say that this rumor has some merit to it, and maybe just a few aspects were just completely off, but others were right on the target (like getting rid of that release window, and keeping that “retro meets modern” style). Sakurai has made it clear that the next Super Smash Bros. games will be somewhat different than the previous games in the series. The roster probably won’t be too much bigger, as a bigger roster means a much more difficult task to balance all of the characters (look at League of Legends; 100+ characters, and you’ll always have those few that “stand out” more powerful than the rest). In any case, what do you guys think? What would you guys like to see in the next Smash Bros. game?