The last Smash Bros. title, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, was released in 2014. After such a long time without a new installment in Nintendo’s popular fighting game series, fans are eager to compete on the global stage once again.
For now, it’s unclear when a new Smash Bros. title will become available, but fans are used to waiting. Each game since Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo GameCube has taken six to seven years to be released. Fans only get one Smash Bros. title per system and it usually comes out halfway into the console’s lifecycle.
While we’re unsure when the next Smash Bros. will arrive, it’ll come eventually—just don’t expect something anytime soon. Here’s everything we know so far about the next title.
There’s a chance that we could get a Smash Bros. title in 2018, but don’t expect any miracles. Nintendo hasn’t confirmed anything, and any likely Smash Bros. announcement will come from E3 in the summer. But the best chance of a Smash Bros. title coming this year is a port of the Wii U version to the Nintendo Switch.
As for the next original Smash Bros. title, there isn’t anything yet. If we use the six to seven year time window that most Smash Bros. games get, however, we won’t see the next installment until 2020 or 2021.
A Nintendo Direct leak ignites the flames
Rumors of a new Smash Bros. title coming to Switch began as soon as the system was announced in January 2017. Fans were hopeful to see a new Smash Bros. game join the Switch lineup as soon as possible.
Nintendo didn’t hint at something for the series for many months, however, until a new Nintendo Direct in September 2017 rolled along.
Nintendo tagged the YouTube link for the stream with the names of a lot of popular games. Metroid, Pikmin, and more titles were on display, but the biggest of them all was a Smash Bros. tag. It turned out to be a ruse, however, but it was enough to give fans belief for the future.
A trademark hints at something soon
In November 2017, Nintendo filed a new trademark for various games, including one for a Smash Bros. title that no one had seen before. The trademark didn’t give fans any concrete detail on what the title could be, however.
Nintendo also apparently has other new trademarks for Zelda, Splatoon, and Animal Crossing logos. The company supposedly applied for three standard character trademarks too, with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Pokemori, and Marika.