A Cast of Characters- Nintendo Direct at E3 2019 Recap

Nintendo is known for stealing the show, despite not actually being at the show. This year was no exception. From a Bowser mix-up to the return of long awaited series, this 43 minute Direct brings the hype for Nintendo in 2019.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate

The Hero is coming to Super Smash Bros Ultimate in the summer. This is due to a crossover with Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age S Definitive Edition (that’s a mouthful). It also looks like you can play as four variations of The Hero, but I wasn’t able to discern whether it was a form change, or if it was four different costumes.

Announced at the end- Banjo-Kazooie are coming to Smash in the fall!

Dragon Quest XI

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age S Definitive Edition is coming this year as well. You can replay the classic game with an expanded storyline, more rideable monsters, and the ability to speed up those weakling battles that everyone hates. You can also travel to past Dragon Quest worlds and let the nostalgia flow through you. It releases on September 27, 2019.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Luigi’s Mansion 3 is coming to the Switch! After Luigi is invited to a grand hotel with Mario and friends, he becomes a ghost hunter once again, exploring the hotel to find his friends. This time he has some new abilities on his Poltergust G-00:

  • Slam- allows Luigi to slam ghosts into the floor, as well as other ghosts, inflicting damage.
  • Suction Shot- Luigi fires a suction dart at a piece of furniture or other object, grabs the rope, and pulls the object over his head, breaking it.
  • Burst- a burst of air pushes ghosts away from you radially, and gives you a higher jump when you need it.
  • Gooigi- the latest innovation from Professor E. Gadd. This allows Luigi to change into a goo form, allowing him to walk through metal gates and spikes, as well as lend a hand for obstacles too tough for him alone. A second player can control Gooigi as well, allowing for couch co-op, something the world needs more of.

The Scarecraper allows for up to 8 players to play locally or online co-op. Defeat the ghosts within the time limit, find the lost Toads, and overcome the challenges placed before you.

I have actually never played a Luigi’s Mansion game (blasphemy!) but I’m definitely going to pick up this one, it looks great.

A Dark Crystal Game?!

Yes, Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal is getting a tactical game on the Switch, along with that new Netflix series. The three Heroes of Thraa must team up to defeat the rising evil and unlock their true potential. Environment plays a role in this tactical game, with high ground advantage and breakable objects that can damage enemies. The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance Tactics (another mouthful) is coming sometime in 2019.

Link’s Awakening

Teased in a previous Nintendo Direct, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening now has some gameplay to go along with that cinematic trailer. Link must escape Koholint Island, while fighting the classic enemies and trying not to get lost thanks to that raccoon. This game is done in a 3D cartoon style that I really like, although some may think it looks too much like a kids game.

One new thing they added in is that you can create your own dungeon! You’ll unlock chambers throughout the adventure, then you can piece them together and create your own custom dungeon to explore. See how fast you can beat them, and earn rewards by completing the dungeons.

The game is set to release September 20, 2019.

Trials of Mana

Trials of Mana is getting global release on the Switch early in 2020. A third person tactical RPG, you must use the power of mana to shape your destiny.

In addition, the original three Mana games are now available on the Switch. Collection of Mana is available now on the Nintendo eShop, and it is the first time that all three of these games have been available outside of Japan.

The Witcher 3

Affectionately dubbed by CD Projekt Red as the Switcher, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to the Switch. Winner of hundreds of awards, this game is highly acclaimed to be one of the best RPGs on the market, and rightfully so. I played the original Witcher game and loved it, still need to play this one. It is coming later this year.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is coming on July 26, 2019. This entry in the Fire Emblem series features an academy where each of the ruling houses has an heir attending. Despite their differences, they have to work together to defeat the evil threatening the kingdom.

Resident Evil

Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 are both joining the Resident Evil lineup on the Switch in the fall. Resident Evil 0, Resident Evil, and Resident Evil 4 are already available on the Nintendo eShop. I don’t think I’ve said Resident Evil that much in my life.

No More Heroes III

Filled with 80s throwbacks and American-style themes, No More Heroes III makes its way to the Switch in 2020. Travis Touchdown makes his appearance in a world where there are, you guessed it, no more heroes, in order to save the world from an invasion.

Contra: Rogue Corps

Contra: Rogue Corps is a third-person shooter featuring crazy weapons and off-the-wall characters. A rogue commando, a cyborg panda, a symbiotic alien and human, and a gentlemanly insect make up the cast of this game, all wielding heavy arms that could take down a city. Local wireless co-op and online co-op bring your friends into the meyhem as well. Fight aliens, kill everything, and save the world September 24, 2019.

The Contra Anniversary Collection is available now on the Nintendo eShop featuring all ten of the original Contra games.

Daemon X Machina

If you’ve ever wanted to be a mech pilot, this game might be one for you. Help win the war and look pretty cool doing it, whether on the ground or in the air. Daemon X Machina is set to release September 13.

Panzer Dragon

Another game where you can fly around, Panzer Dragon reminds me a lot of a title I used to play on Xbox called Crimson Dragon. From the trailer, we see you shooting down projectiles and enemies and flying through obstacles in order to complete levels. It looks really nice though. The game is set to release this winter.

Astral Chain

Chimeras, beings that can traverse dimensions, are taking over the world and destroying humanity. Through years of research, humanity has found a way to survive- by linking captured chimeras to human hosts neurologically. Learn the truth, survive, and defeat the chimera August 30, 2019.

Empire of Sin

Paradox Interactive brings the management style game to the mob with Empire of Sin. From the trailer, it looks like you can manage resources, buy up property, and survive and make hits on rivals to make your way to the top. The game is set to release spring 2020.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

The universe is on the brink of being destroyed by Thanos. Unlike the movie, it’s not just The Avengers taking him on, it’s the whole Marvel Universe. Gather your favorite heroes and team up to take on Thanos and his allies. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order comes out July 19. If you get the Expansion Pass, you’ll gain access to heroes from X-Men, Marvel Knights, and the Fantastic Four starting in the fall.

Cadence of Hyrule

From Crypt of the Necrodancer comes a Legend of Zelda crossover that no one saw coming (before that Nintendo Direct where they announced it was a thing). Play as Cadence, Link, or Zelda and make your way through Hyrule, defeating classic enemies and moving to the beat. This comes out on June 13.

Honestly, I haven’t played Crypt of the Necrodancer, but I do want to give this a shot, it looks like a lot of fun.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games

Seems like every summer Olympics we get one of these games, but this one is special. The 2020 Olympics are being held in Tokyo, and new games are being added to the roster, both in the real Games and this one. Play as Mario, Sonic, or one of the many other characters, and play your way to Olympic Gold. The games begin in November 2019.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The long awaited sequel on the Switch is finally arriving! Tom Nook sent us off to a deserted island this time, with a debt of 49,800 Bells, but it won’t be for long. After you set up your tent, you’ll begin making improvements to the island, and more people will show up turning the island into a small community. Get ready to travel and set up your tent March 20, 2020.

A Multitude of Other Games

Ready for this? Here are more games that are coming.

  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy- September 3
  • Hollow Knight: Silksong- date TBA
  • Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch- September 20
  • Minecraft Dungeons- Spring 2020
  • The Elder Scrolls Blades- Fall 2019
  • My Friend Pedro- June 20
  • DOOM Eternal- date TBA
  • The Sinking City- Fall 2019
  • Wolfenstein Youngblood- July 26
  • Dead by Daylight- September 24
  • Alien Isolation- 2019
  • Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles S Remastered Edition- Winter 2019
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2- July 12
  • Stranger Things 3: The Game- July 4 (the same day as season 3 of the show on Netflix)
  • Just Dance 2020- November 5
  • Catan- June 20
  • New Super Lucky’s Tale- Fall 2019
  • Dauntless- Late 2019
  • Super Mario Maker 2- June 28

One more thing to end the Direct with, Nintendo let us know that Breath of the Wild has a sequel in development! Excitement!

That’s all from the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct! We’ll post more news as it comes out, but for now, thanks for reading this recap. Let us know in the comments what your favorite part of this Direct was. Mine was Animal Crossing, even though I hate that Nook makes us pay nearly 50,000 Bells every time…

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A New Nintendo Direct Will Air Tomorrow That’ll Focus On Upcoming Nintendo Switch Titles, Including Fire Emblem: Three Houses!

Today, the Nintendo of America Twitter account announced that a new Nintendo Direct will air tomorrow at 2:00 PM PST and 5:00 PM EST. Their Twitter account states that the direct will focus on upcoming Nintendo Switch titles, “including new details on Three Houses” and will air for “roughly 35 minutes.”

The Nintendo of America Twitter account was courteous enough to post an image along with their announcement that you can check out below.

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Image courtesy of @NintendoAmerica.

Since Fire Emblem: Three Houses was named dropped at the end of the announcement, it’s a safe bet that game-play footage and a solid release date will be given to the title during this event.

As for other titles like Luigi’s Mansion 3, Animal Crossing, Daemon X Machina, and others, I’ll discuss what we can see from these titles below. Granted, these next few statements are my own “guesstimates” and don’t represent my co-workers/company’s thoughts.

For Luigi’s Mansion 3, I can see Nintendo dropping more game-play footage for the title while giving it a release date. Whether that be the rumored July 16th release date or what many believe could be an October release because of the game’s tone and setting, is up for debate.

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Image courtesy of Polygon.com.

The same can be said about Daemon X Machina. I believe this game will release sooner than some may anticipate. We’ve seen lots of footage of the game, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the game releases in April or May. Maybe a trailer drop with its release date popping up at the end could appear in the direct.

As for Animal Crossing, I could see a trailer that actually shows us the title’s game-play. Maybe we could see a release window tagline like “coming Summer/Fall 2019.” I don’t expect a solid release date, but if we get one, than I wouldn’t be mad if my prediction is incorrect.

We could get some unexpected/expected IP revivals, sequels, ports, or new IPs altogether. Since GoNintendo.com reported that “today’s Nintendo Direct announcement was retweeted by Shinji Hashimoto, a producer at Square-Enix” who “has ties to Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and a handful of other Square-Enix properties,” I’m expecting many game projects to get revealed in tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct.

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Image courtesy of NintendoEverything.com.

As for the Pokemon 2019 game, I don’t expect it to be at tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct. Its been the norm for the games to get revealed in a direct hosted by the Pokemon Company themselves and not in one hosted by Nintendo. What I expect, however, is a Pokemon Direct announcement to be given during tomorrow’s direct.

As for the date, probably sometime next week to get fans excited for Pokemon Day. Lastly, we should talk about the elephant in the room known as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. To put it briefly, I expect there to be a game-play trailer for Joker and possibly a teaser trailer for Character Pack #2’s guest character. Your guess is as good as mine on who it will be.

That’s it for this report and my own speculative thoughts about what could detailed in the Nintendo Direct. It would be great to receive updates on their Online Service, but I’m fine if they only focus on video games in this direct. As always we’ll keep you all up to date on what’s revealed in tomorrow’s event.

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New Rumor Potentially Hints At An Nintendo Direct Happening On February 13th or the 21st!

Today, Resetera.com user King Zell, who’s track-record’s “100% accurate” according to YouTuber Aero, posted an interesting message that many believe coincides with an Nintendo Direct taking place soon.

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Image courtesy of @ActualAero.

As shown above, King Zell wrote “13 is your lucky number…. and am out.” This led to many speculating that he’s claiming an Nintendo Direct will happen on the 13th. However, Twitter user @SpawnWaveMedia argues that King Zell’s message is a bit loose as there’s a possibility that he’s referring to the “number of days” until this event happens instead of outright declaring that the Nintendo Direct’s the 13th.

Even still, it’s been awhile since we’ve last had a major Nintendo Direct take place. With January now in the history books, I believe it’s right for Nintendo to host a direct to let consumers know what Nintendo titles they could look forward to in 2019 and beyond.

The reason you should keep an eye on this rumor is because King Zell’s credibility is at an all time high. According to NintendoSoup.com, King Zell leaked that Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee would be revealed in a 90-minuted media event with news spreading afterword. NintendoSoup.com also states that he leaked “when the Animal Crossing Switch reveal [alongside the previous Nintendo] ‘Nindies Showcase 2019’ [event] (…) would happen.”

With that information in mind, I still believe fans should take this as a rumor and not a one-hundred percent confirmation that we’ll get an Nintendo Direct next week or thirteen days from now. Though King Zell’s track-record’s flawless, it’s best to keep expectations in check–just in case. We’ll be sure to update you all when Nintendo finally announces a new Nintendo Direct via their American Twitter account or elsewhere.

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An Nintendo Direct May Happen This Month, According To A New Rumor!

Over the span of a few weeks, there’s been rumblings about an Nintendo Direct taking place in January. Video game website, GamingIntel.com, who NintendoSoup.com state, “‘correctly predicted the September 2018 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Directs’ has heard from their sources that a new Nintendo Direct is scheduled to air on January 10th, 2019.”

Based on Nintendo‘s track record regarding 2017’s Nintendo Switch Presentation and 2018’s Nintendo Direct Mini that both took place in January, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to predict an Nintendo Direct, of any kind, taking place this month.

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Photo courtesy of Nintendo.

GamingIntel.com’s source wishes to remain anonymous and recently shared more information about this mysterious January Nintendo Direct. According to their source,

“I WAS TOLD JANUARY 10TH FROM ONE SOURCE. THIS HASN’T BEEN CROSS CHECKED BETWEEN SOURCES. MOST OF MY OTHER SOURCES ARE STILL UNDECIDED ON AN EXACT DATE, BUT CERTAIN OF A NINTENDO JANUARY DIRECT.”

GamingIntel.com also states that their source has been correct about previous Nintendo Direct dates in the past and they cannot confirm when the direct will take place themselves. Yet, GamingIntel.com reports, “our exclusive source claims that one of his sources is saying it’ll be showcased on the 10th” and that Gaming INTEL themselves are currently interacting with their other sources–about the Nintendo Direct’s specific date.

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Photo courtesy of Gametyrant.com

Though the rumor doesn’t go over the specific titles that will be shown off in the Nintendo Direct, GamingIntel.com states there’s a possibility that known and unknown Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch titles could be revealed or showcased in this direct.

For Gaming Intel’s predictions, they claim consumers could see the following Nintendo Switch titles. These include: “Yoshi’s Crafted World, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Animal Crossing, [and] Pokemon 2019 (which should be taken with a pinch of salt since Game Freak are known for revealing their games themselves)”.

As for myself, I believe these Nintendo Switch games named above alongside Fire Emblem: Three Houses and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe could be shown off. As for bold Nintendo Switch game reveals, I could see Nintendo Switch ports for Super Mario 3D World and Wonderful 101 being revealed alongside a surprising third party title that no one would expect. An out-of-nowhere prediction could be that Nintendo reveals the second character apart of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Fighter Pass, but that’s hopeful thinking on my part.

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Photo courtesy of Nintendo.com

For the Nintendo 3DS, we could receive more reveals similar to Luigi’s Mansion for the Nintendo GameCube being ported over to the Nintendo 3DS. Titles like that could help Nintendo sell more 3DS units, maybe. Otherwise, I believe the Nintendo 3DS’s era is coming to a close and won’t receive much spotlight because Nintendo wants to sell more Nintendo Switch consoles.

Yet, like any rumor, fans should take this news with a pinch of salt. Nothing is confirmed until the big “N” share news about the Nintendo Direct on social media or if news gets out when we least expect it. For now, it’s important to “hype responsibly” and keep one’s expectations in check.

What do you think about this news? If this direct gets announced for this month, what DLC, games, or reveals (in general), do you expect to be shown off or debut in this Nintendo Direct? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter, and follow us for Nintendo news, and everything gaming too.

The Scheduled Nintendo Direct Has Been Delayed!

Several hours ago the Nintendo of America Twitter account informed their audience that the recently announced September 6th, 2018 Nintendo Direct has been postponed.

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Photo courtesy of Nintendo of America

Here’s the explanation given by the Nintendo of America Twitter account,

“Due to the powerful earthquake in Hokkaido, Japan, we have decided to delay this week’s planned Nintendo Direct. We will provide a new time and date in the near future. Thank you for your understanding.”

We are sending our thoughts and prayers to the many civilians in Hokkaido, Japan, who were effected by this earthquake. We completely understand Nintendo’s reasoning behind the delay. Based on the information shared, it seems Nintendo‘s future Direct will cover the information shared in the announcement post they made on Twitter yesterday.

Here’s what the Nintendo of America Twitter account said prior to their message above,

“Tune in 9/6 at 3pm PT for a new Nintendo Direct featuring around 35 minutes of information on upcoming Nintendo and titles!

I’m certain Nintendo’s Direct will come soon enough but the lives of others always comes first before anything. We hope everyone who was effected by this earthquake will receive all the love and support from loved ones and others. Even still, we’ll keep you updated when Nintendo shares news about their September Nintendo Direct. 

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct Announced for August 8th, 2018!

What a way to get people prepped up for the Super Smash Bros. Melee grand finals. Yes, there will be a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct happening on August 8th, 2018.

The direct information was initially revealed at the Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament at the EVO 2018 event before their grand finals match began.

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The Nintendo Versus Twitter account shared more details about the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct moments after. The direct will likely be live-streamed on Nintendo’s YouTube channel–which you can find by clicking here. Anyway here’s what the Twitter account said,

“Tune in 8/8 at 7am PT for a Super Direct livestream, featuring new game information delivered by director Masahiro Sakurai.”

The Nintendo Versus Twitter account also shared news for other regions concerning the direct’s live-stream schedule. Here are the times for the other time zones:

Times for Different Time zones:

  • 10:00 am ET
  • 11:00 pm JST
  • 4:00 pm CEST
  • 3:00 pm BST

Though we don’t have specific information about what’s going to be shown in the direct, it’s quite charming to see a direct be announced out-of-left-field. Leave it to Nintendo to be sneaky about their direct announcements. Whether it’s a showcase of a new feature, mode, or character–be sure to check here when the “new” Super Smash Bros. Ultimate news releases.

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5 Lost Stages That Need To Return In Super Smash Bros. Switch!

We all have our favorite veteran and newcomer characters we’d like to see appear in Super Smash Bros, but only a few have discussed what stages should return in the new Nintendo Switch title. This list will not be in any particular order and I will only select stages based on franchises. For example, I won’t pick two stages that represent the Pokemon franchise. Nevertheless, here are five lost stages from the Super Smash Bros series that NEED to return in the Nintendo Switch game.

5. Saffron City (Super Smash Bros. 64)

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It’s long overdo at this point. Many of the original Super Smash Bros 64 stages have received the return treatment. Yet this stage still remains in 64’s dungeon. With the alleged Pokemon Yellow remake rumors surfacing online it would be fitting for Masahiro Sakurai and his team to place this beloved stage back in Super Smash Bros. If the rumor turns out to be true. 

Although Sakurai hasn’t revamped any of the old, current returning stages; it would be cool to see new Pokemon appear from the stage’s door. They could add a generational spin to it by having Pokemon from generations one to seven appear from the door to attack opponents or yourself. A mild stage hazard that’s not too annoying would be great, honestly. I was gunning for this stage to return during the Smash Wii U DLC run but alas, it did not happen. Maybe this is the time for Saffron City to make a comeback, eh?

4. Brinstar Depths (Super Smash Bros. Melee)

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I feel the Brinstar Depths stage was fun during the Melee days. Having a gigantic creature spin the stage around was crazy. It felt like a precursor to Brawl’s Spear Pillar stage to me but I’d choose this stage over Palkia and Dialga’s interference any day. If it does return, I would love for Sakurai’s team to add more interesting background elements besides our big fella here.

Maybe have the beast duke it out with another creature from the series or play with the lava effects in the background. Ridley would make an excellent opponent, that’s if, he doens’t end up becoming a playable character. It would heighten the battle’s intensity and give players ideas to pull heinous actions on others. All the gimmicks should remain, but I would love to see some more “flare” with this stage if it returns in Super Smash Bros. Switch.

3. Great Bay (Super Smash Bros. Melee)

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I still remember unlocking Young Link and listening to the amazing theme that went along with his character. If Tingle’s not going to be a playable Zelda character, than please, add this stage back in the game. It may look small, but it felt great knocking people into that little corner. Jumping off a turtle’s shell felt great too. Not to mention the amazing background segments that occur in this stage–which were great too. Since The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask released on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems not too long ago; I thought this stage would’ve been in. The current Zelda stages we have are fine, but I’d love to fight these antagonists and our current Smash heroes atop a turtle again, Sakurai. #FreeMrTurtle

2. Eagleland Fourside (Super Smash Bros. Melee)

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Quite frankly, my favorite Super Smash Bros. stage so far. Unless we get a New Donk City stage from Super Mario Odyssey. This stage gave me a great experience and I wish this would’ve replaced Onett for Brawl and Smash 4. The UFO that appears out of nowhere gave me an alien-like vibe. The music was peaceful but it made my “melees” feel mystical and grand. I obviously want this stage to return because it’s a literal city. I wasn’t the biggest fan of New Pork City from Brawl because it was too large for my taste. Fourside fit my stage ratio tastes wonderfully and provided that dream city-stage experience I never thought I’d want. If Sakurai chooses to add Magicant in Super Smash Bros. Switch than I’m all for it. But, it would be cool to see an HD version of Fourside.

1. Fountain of Dreams (Super Smash Bros. Melee)

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Super Smash Bros. Melee did have a Final Destination stage for players. But for me, this is the stage where I’d truly “Settle it in Smash.” The music, design, and tension I get when playing on this stage just screams, “It’s about to go down!” I’m not aware of the current events in the competitive Smash community, but I’d always hear people clamoring for this stage’s appearance in Super Smash Bros. again after Melee released and Brawl was on the horizon. I’m utterly shocked that Sakurai hasn’t re-added this stage in Super Smash Bros. yet. Maybe with Super Smash Bros. Switch, Sakurai will “switch” things up with the Kirby stages.

Well those are five stages I’d like to see in Super Smash Bros. Switch. Certainly, there are other stages I’d love for this game to have, but these five speak to me. We’ll have to wait by the title’s release to see what stays abandoned and what stage gains the keys to Smash Bros.

What do you think about my list? What stage would you like to see re-appear in the Nintendo Switch version of Super Smash Bros? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter, and follow us for more articles on Super Smash Bros, and everything gaming too.

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