As Nintendo gears up to reveal much more about Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch as part of its E3 2018 event, rumors have been swirling about the game's potential features. Not only have there been suggestions that Metal Gear Solid protagonist Solid Snake will be a playable character, but there is also speculation that the game will have a major franchise feature.
Specifically, there is speculation that Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch will feature some sort of Minecraft content. This leak comes from DasVergeben (who also goes by Vergeben on some forums), who revealed on the GameFAQs forum that Minecraft "may have a presence" in the upcoming fighting game. The leaker is not entirely sure about how heavily Minecraft content will feature in the game, nor are they certain about the capacity of the tie-in. Though, Vergeben suggests that it could be a "stage or an assist trophy."
As is the case with any rumor or leak - but especially those that come during the E3 season - it's important to take this information with a grain of salt. Vergeben notes that information about Super Smash Bros.' Minecraft content isn't in abundance, which may mean that Nintendo and Microsoft (which owns Minecraft) haven't hammered out the details yet.
Moreover, DasVergeben has a spotty track record when it comes to leaks. While leaks such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles being in Injustice 2 turned out to be correct, others, such as Devil May Cry 5 being announced at PlayStation Experience 2017 were way off the mark.
Though, many are buying into the rumor because it seems so plausible. For starters, Nintendo already has a positive working relationship with Microsoft in regards to the Minecraft license. In 2016, Minecraft Wii U got a Super Mario themed content pack that included music from Super Mario 64 and 40 different character skins. Nintendo has also enabled cross-platform play between Minecraft on Nintendo Switch and other platforms (including Xbox One, Android, and iOS).
In addition to this, several other games on the platform have featured Nintendo-related content. These games include sports title Rocket League which has exclusive, Mario and Luigi themed cars, while the rumored Nintendo Switch port of Fortnite is also said to include some sort of exclusive content for the console. It highlights Nintendo's willingness to work with third-parties on extra content, which gives some credibility to the Minecraft Super Smash Bros. rumors. Fans will have to wait until E3 2018 to know for sure, though.
Super Smash Bros. will be released on Nintendo Switch in 2018.