Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS and Wii U is set to have its own Nintendo Direct in December, which will mark its final appearance in the company’s monthly forums.
According to a press release from Nintendo of Europe regarding the company’s subsequent Nintendo Direct showings, next month will be the last dedicated broadcast to include Super Smash Bros. on 3DS and Wii U, which could spell the imminent end for additional content. Even so, all that can be taken from the facts given at this point is that Nintendo Direct transmissions solely about Super Smash Bros. will cease. This doesn’t necessarily mean the game’s future DLC or programming unrelated to the monthly forums will stop altogether, but it is possible.
The news was also made public during the company’s Nintendo Direct in November—the first since the passing of President Satoru Iwata—but it obviously got muddled in the reportage, as the presentation was chock-full of exciting information. For instance, Nintendo not only revealed that Final Fantasy 7‘s Cloud Strife would be added to the Super Smash Bros. roster, but it also made fans aware of an HD version of The Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess being developed for Wii U.
With December marking the last time we’ll see Super Smash Bros. in a Nintendo Direct, long-time players of the popular fighter are sure to be given plenty of juicy details worthy of salivation. After all, the game’s creator, Masahiro Sakurai, promised more “fan service” characters were coming to add even more replay value to the title.
More than likely, developers will go on to divulge the results of an open ballot for Smash that began in April and ended in October that asked fans to choose characters for future add-ons. However, Cloud’s addition could have very well been the result of players voting him in, since Nintendo has yet to disclose any additional information regarding the poll.
Come what may, it’s hard to argue against the superb run of DLC offered to fans since the release of Super Smash Bros. Not only has Nintendo included beloved figures from its own franchises such as Mother 3‘s Lucas and Pokémon‘s MewTwo, but it also added classic game characters like Ryu from Street Fighter. Plus, new stages like the level inspired by Super Mario Maker definitely added some punch to the brawler’s overall flavor.
While there’s no telling what the the final Nintendo Direct for Super Smash Bros. will reveal, it’s feasible for developers to completely broadside everyone with an announcement of preliminary plans for the game in relation to the secretive Nintendo NX console. When all is said and done, the franchise mash-up fighting series is a definitely massive draw for the company, so it would make sense if Smash Bros. is one of the first titles mentioned to be in development for the forthcoming system. But, of course, such a suggestion is pure speculation, as Nintendo will likely reserve all details about the NX for an announcement all its own.
What do you think Super Smash Bros. has in store for for fans during its final Nintendo Direct? Do you believe that this means no more DLC for the game? If so, does it mean that developers are being freed up to work on the ill-defined Nintendo NX? Whatever the theory, let us know in the comments below.
Super Smash Bros. is available for the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U.