A Smashing Week Part 1

We’ve had about a week now since the illustrious Nintendo Direct with the biggest bomb of the year dropped. That’s right, Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido is finally coming to the Nintendo Switch and 3DS respectively, I’ve been waiting for this one for a long time and I’m totally bullshitting you, here’s what’s really up…



I know, I posted this on my last blog but it’s so good and in context with what we’re talking about here I just had to post it again. Over the next 1,500 words or so we’re going to delve deeper into theories of Smash Switch and potentially what we want out of it, let’s do this.

New or Old?

The first question on everybody’s mind was “Is this Smash 5 or a deluxe Wii U game?” and my gut feeling was that it was a deluxe edition for the Switch not unlike Mario Kart 8, Pokken Tournament and Bayonetta 2. However, since going way too far down the rabbit hole as I tend to do with Smash, I have changed my mind. There’s plenty of evidence to support both sides but I think the ‘New’ argument just sneaks it.

The new and old logo for Smash, the differences are notable but stand out more when you look at the logos side by side.

The logo seems to be a new reworked logo, I think this is probably placeholder until we see more of the game and it’s more different than you think, I originally thought the new logo was just a black version of the old one but upon further inspection, there’s a smash style line through the S in Super and the A in the Smash and the logo is more head on and straight than the Wii U one. The Mario Kart and Pokken logos were the same just with DX or Deluxe on the end of it.

When the other ‘Deluxe’ editions were announced we knew they were deluxe editions straight away but with this Nintendo are being so coy about it, it probably is a new game, all the characters are silhouette at the end and if it WAS a deluxe version we already know who’s in the game because we’ve already played it, so why silhouette everyone? Plus there is definitely Breath of the Wild Link in this game.

Usually there is a separate game in between the Smash games like Kirby’s Air Ride between Melee and Brawl plus Kid Icarus Uprising for 3DS in between Brawl and Wii U/3DS but this time around they have gone straight to the next Smash, which shows you the importance of a Smash game on a Nintendo system, the only thing I’m worried about is time, if this is a new game, they only finished up the DLC for Wii U in 2015. Masahiro Sakurai, the director of the Smash series came out pretty much straight after the Direct on Twitter and stated that he has been working on it for sometime and that they haven’t announced barley anything yet. The trailer was a fantastic way to announce something without actually saying anything.

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The Tweet Sakurai sent out after the Direct, loosely translates to “I’ve been working on it for a while” (Notice how the Japanese Smash logo has the same style)

Another reason is people think that this is a new game because Namco Bandai weren’t credited at the end of the trailer, but this is also true for the Wii U character reveal trailers, they also weren’t credited there either.

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A character reveal credit trailer for Smash Wii U (The Greninja one), Namco Bandai are nowhere to be seen…

The only thing at this point that makes me think it’s not a new game is timing, unless the team started straight away on this game when the Wii U one was released and a handful of people worked on the DLC it’s totally plausible that this game will be ready for this year…..





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