Overwatch is coming to the Nintendo Switch in just 12 days. It’s actually pretty incredible that Blizzard Entertainment’s popular hero-shooter is coming to the system, but not just because it means fans will soon be able to take the action on the go with the portable Nintendo Switch port of Overwatch. Having Overwatch on a Nintendo console opens the door for the game to see representation in the Super Smash Bros series, and that’s a possibility that Overwatch’s director, Jeff Kaplan, is very open to.
The notion of Overwatch characters appearing in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, the current Smash Bros. game, is one that Blizzard has commented on in the past. Back then, however, its producers refrained from specifying which of the game’s 30+ heroes they think would be a good fit for the 2D crossover fighter. That’s why IGN, in a recent interview with Kaplan, specifically asked him which hero he would like to see included.
This led to Kaplan directing his response at Nintendo. "To the Smash Brothers team, whatever character you want, we love them all. They’re all our babies, you can have any single one of them. We have 31 to choose from." But since that wasn’t the question, Kaplan did eventually confirm that, if he had to pick one hero, it would be Tracer. Which is probably the most sensible choice, being as Tracer is the hero on the game’s box art and the de-facto face of Overwatch.
"Tracer's our girl, Tracer's our mascot. She'd be my first choice," Kaplan said of the time-hopping dual-pistol-user. "There's a lot of great runners up. I think a lot of people can immediately see Doomfist gameplay applying to Smash, but if it were up to me, I'd like to see Tracer."
Echoing that sentiment was fellow Blizzard executive Wes Yanagi, the chief producer in charge of bringing Overwatch to the Switch, who agreed that Tracer would be the best choice. That said, he also stated that he wouldn’t mind it if Winston, with his aggressive tank-like skillset and interesting mobility options, ended up in Smash Bros. instead.
As of this writing, only two more DLC fighters remain to be added to Super Smash Bros Ultimate via the game’s Fighter Pass, which are Fatal Fury’s Terry Bogard and one currently-unannounced character. However, Nintendo has confirmed that there will be more DLC fighters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate after the Fighter Pass. How many more hasn’t been said, but given the popularity of Overwatch, it’s very possible that Tracer or one of its other heroes could end up being among them.
Overwatch is currently available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and the Switch version will be out on October 15.