As the world knows, Super Smash Bros was announced for the Nintendo Switch. As someone who played Smash 4 competitively (I proudly mained Cloud), the thing I’m most excited about is the prospect of Nintendo pushing Super Smash Bros. into a more mainstream eSport. Taking cues from the all-new OWL (Overwatch League) and the Rainbow 6 Seige League, Nintendo could learn a lot. The reason I’m even bringing up the idea of eSports for Nintendo is that, after the Nintendo Direct showing off Smash on Switch, the big N made a new Twitter account called Nintendo Versus.
Now to be clear we don’t know what Nintendo Versus is, but if I were to bet money, I’d say it is a League for Nintendo eSports games such as Arms, Mario Kart, Splatoon, and the ever so popular Super Smash Bros. Even further than the idea of Nintendo Versus being a way for pros to be seen, is the idea that this new Super Smash Bros. will be just that, new.
There are some speculating that this release could be a port of Super Smash Bros. from the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, otherwise known as Smash 4. If that were true, it would be exciting to an extent, but a new Smash would allow for a more competitive gameplay and more advancements for Super Smash Bros. as an eSport.
I for one cannot wait to see what happens and will continue to keep my eye out for new character announcements and eSports developments. For all things eSports, video games, and Smash Bros, my name is Shelby Saxton, see you next mission.