What We Want in The Next Super Smash Bros

first_img This month, January 2019, was the 20th anniversary of the Super Smash Bros. franchise. The original game first blew Japanese players’ minds on the Nintendo 64 on January 21, 1999. And I can think of no better way to celebrate the occasion than with the majestic Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch, a records-shattering game that collects not just every single character from across the history of the series (and therefore the history of all video games) but blends fighting gameplay ideas from previous entries while adding in its own.So naturally the next question is how can Nintendo possibly make this series better? What do we want them to do? What’s the future of Super Smash Bros.?First of all, when should a new Smash Bros. even come out? The gaps between Smash Bros. games have been wildly inconsistent. There was only a two year break between the original and Melee. But the wait until Brawl was an agonizing seven years, following by six years for Smash Wii U/3DS. And the only reason Ultimate shaved it down to four years is because we suspect this Nintendo Switch game is largely built off of work already done for the Wii U version.But as much as it pains us to say this, we think the gap until the next Smash Bros. should be the longest one yet. Ideally, we wouldn’t be playing the follow-up to Ultimate until the franchise’s 30th anniversary. And before you kill us, just listen to what we have to say.Smash Bros. is one of the most beloved and important Nintendo franchises. It propelled the Nintendo Switch into being the best-selling console of 2018. So obviously it needs to come back. But Ultimate is so good, so complete, that frankly it can probably last us as THE Smash Bros. game for years to come if Nintendo supports it correctly.Fans love it. The competitive community is currently tearing it apart with love. It already has more characters than ever before, and that’s without including the six confirmed DLC characters. And beyond those characters dataminers have discovered slots for up to like 100 total characters. So perhaps with multiple seasons of new characters, and new Switch owners picking up the game for years to come, there’s really no reason to abandon this game anytime soon.Also, Ultimate does such a great job of being the most comprehensive Smash Bros. game ever that we think it would be a bad and maybe impossible idea for the next Smash Bros. game to just try and be a bigger version of basically the same thing. A gap that long would let the team figure out how to make a new Smash Bros. game that feels significantly different from what’s come before. While this might alienate longtime fans, this gamble could pay off with a Smash game that has a unique identity shaking up a gameplay formula that has arguably gotten a little stale. There’s no one correct way to view a concept as juicy as “Nintendo characters fighting each other.”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>So what could this new Smash Bros. paradigm shift be? I don’t know, experiment a little! Maybe make a 2D pixel art game. I feel like that was a missed opportunity on 3DS. Take the crossover in a different direction and do Super Smash Bros. vs. Shonen Jump or something to take on Marvel vs. Capcom. That would finally get Goku into the game. Or rebuild the Smash formula from the ground up with a truly 3D game. What does the Smash Bros. version of Tekken look like? Power Stone? A radical change in direction would also provide a convenient excuse when the roster inevitably gets smaller because Square Enix decides to remove Cloud from the game. Call it the Mortal Kombat Armageddon Principle.But maybe most importantly, taking a break from Smash Bros. and doing something different would finally give overworked creator Masahiro Sakurai the break he deserves (once Ultimate’s DLC wraps up). The man like destroyed his arm bones working on this cartoon. Let him take a nap! Sakurai has also done some of his best original work when he has long breaks between Smash Bros. games. Let’s get a new Kid Icarus or Kirby’s Air Ride or Meteos.I love Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It’s the near-perfect version of my favorite game series as it exists now. So it’s time for it to take a break, rethink what it even is, and come back ready to blow our minds all over again. For more on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate check out our guide on every single character in the game and consider entering this open online tournament.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. 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