Super Smash Bros Ultimate was the game many Nintendo fans were waiting to see at this year's E3, and the Japanese publisher didn't disappoint. The game, however, looks quite similar to Super Smash Bros for Wii U, but the Switch title will not be a simple update.
Speaking with US Gamer, Nintendo Treehouse localization manager Nate Bihldorff confirmed that Super Smash Bros Ultimate is not an enhanced version of the Wii U game, but a brand new game built from the ground up.
It's a brand new game built from the ground up. As far as it being a 'sequel,' I don't really think of Smash Bros. games as being sequels, they're just new Smash Bros. games. Everything has been built brand new. Of course you see returning characters and returning movesets, but that's sort of the nature of a fighting game. You obviously want to bring in new players, but you have to satisfy core players. If I'm playing Mario and I don't have a good Up and B, I'm going to be writing my local congressman to get it changed. It's a tough balance, but yeah, it's a brand new game
The new entry in the series will also feature significant upgrades to the lighting engine and texture work. Many characters, like Zelda, also have received some visual changes.
True to form, I'm sure [Masahiro] Sakurai sat down with the original artists from that game and said, 'What are we gonna do about that necklace, how do we want her gown to look?' Those details are just everywhere. And that's just purely from a visual standpoint.