Jan 6th, 2016 – Sakurai wrote in Famitsu that he was taking a short breather. He implied that he already had his next job planned out.
Jan 28th, 2016 – Dr. Serkan Toto reported on his Twitter that Bandai Namco currently developing several NX titles, and Smash Bros. is one of those games. Smash Bros. was planned to be a launch title as well.
Feb 3rd, 2016 – Corrin and Bayonetta (Last two DLC for Smash for 3DS/ Wii U) came out
March 2016 – Source Gaming reports that there are updates within Smash for Wii U which may indicate a port is in the works.
October 13th, 2016 – Gameblog claims that Smash would be a remastered version.
November 2016 – Sakurai casually confirms he’s working on a game in his bi-weekly column. In the column, he talks about the Famicom. He states many of the people around him don’t have experience developing for the Famicom system anymore as he is getting older.
November 9th, 2016 – Laura Kate Dale states that Switch is getting Smash Bros for Wii U port, not launch game with the rest of the amiibo.
December 6th, 2016 – Liam Robertson reports on a rumor that Smash wouldn’t get many new characters, in the next version.
December 7th, 2016 – Source Gaming reports on a rumor that Smash Switch would be a combined version of 3DS and Wii U.
December 2016 – Sakurai states in an interview that he bought a new Vifam model because he wanted to take a close look at the rifle that came with the figure since he planned to use it for the reference.
November 2017 – Japanese Nintendo reports on a new trademark being filed for the Smash Bros. series
Feb 20th, 2018 – Emily states on ResetEra that a Smash Bros. title will be announced and released for Switch later this year, along with brand new content and re-worked some of the existing Wii U/3DS Content.
Feb 20th, 2018 – Emily mentions on ResetEra that the Smash on Switch isn’t a straight port and emphasized that it will have new contents. However, she isn’t sure if it’s going to be a sequel, half-sequel or deluxe version.
March 8th, 2018 – Smash Switch and Inklings are announced in Nintendo Direct.
March 8th, 2018 – Sakurai tweeted, “Right now we’re just at the stage where we revealed this game, but I’ve been working on this game in silence day after day. Please wait until we can release more information or until release day”
March 8th 2018 – Imran on ResetEra implies that it’s not a port of the Wii U game, but it’s not a completely fresh start, either. It’s more likely to be referred as a sequel.
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Mains: Yoshi (64), Game and Watch (Melee), Wario (Brawl), Wario/Pac-Man (Smash for 3DS/Wii U)