Nintendo Germany says Smash Bros. is coming next spring, and it's likely right

When I was 12 my parents bought me tickets to see a WWF event and I nearly threw up I was so excited. And yet, at the same time, I remember genuinely feeling like it wouldn't happen. Something would push it back, or delay it, or cancel it, because, deep down, I knew it was too good to be true. Seeing Stone Cold and The Rock in person? God, even thinking about it now makes me feel like hurling into a bucket, in the best possible sense.

That, more or less, is how I think all Nintendo fans feel about the release of a new Smash Bros. We know it's happening because there's a website that posts new pictures every day, but we feel as though it's too good to be true. It can't possibly release sooner than later because we don't deserve it. That's why, whenever there's a rumored release date that puts Smash Bros. on the Wii U and 3DS before 2018, people call bullshits. But, as yet another source validates a "soon" release, it's time to start taking these things seriously.

This time the leak comes from Nintendo itself. Bernd Fakesch, general manager for Nintendo Germany, recently said that both Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. would be releasing in spring of 2014. And you know what? Recent history says that Mr. Fakesch is likely not faking.

First, let's look at Nintendo's recent release strategy. For the most part, the publisher has been fairly tight-lipped on future releases, save for the few hitting shelves in the immediate future. With the exception of games announced around the Wii U's launch (for obvious reasons, since barely anything was done for the console's debut), nearly every game discussed by Nintendo has been given a release date within a year of the reveal. That's shocking, especially with the trend of announcing a game and then promoting the hell out of it for two years before even thinking of releasing it.

Nearly all of Nintendo's big releases in 2013 were announced in 2013. Wind Waker HD, A Link Between Worlds, Super Mario 3D World, Pokemon X and Y, Sonic: Lost World, New Super Luigi U, and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team all released within months of their announcement, making up a vast majority of the big Nintendo games released this year. The only real exceptions to the rule come with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and a duo of Yoshi games, but DKC is releasing in a few months (and was supposed to be out by now before its delay), and there's likely a good reason why neither Yoshi game has released yet.

Nintendo's strategy here is actually sort of awesome. Sure, I have plenty of nostalgic memories of crying into my keyboard over Zelda delays, but this strategy is definitely beneficial in the long run. By and large, Nintendo seems to be holding off on big unveils for games over a year out, and with both Mario Kart and Smash Bros. being revealed at E3 2013, that would mean we shouldn't be surprised to see them by that time next year.

There's also the fact that Nintendo has been unleashing Smash Bros. news at an absurd rate. When Henry and I started Super Smash Bros. Wii U Weekly (every week on YouTube, btws) we anticipated having little-to-no information to talk about. Now, we have the opposite problem: hardly a month goes by without two new stages, a new character, and a bunch of other small reveals. There can't be much left if Nintendo actually wants to release this thing with any secrets intact.

Oh, and the Wii U isn't selling well, and Nintendo knows that, so, like, c'mon, you know it has to release stuff soon.

I know. I'm right there with you. I think it's too good to be true. Smash Bros. releasing anytime before the end of 2014 just doesn't feel right, and I think Nintendo is going to wise up, realize we don't deserve Smash Bros. and take it away because we're getting a C in math oh god oh god I'm hyperventilating. But Nintendo's recent trends point towards a near-future where we'll all be playing Smash Bros. together, and that's something to get excited about.

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  • supaMcnugget - December 11, 2013 1:26 p.m.

    I would rather have Nintendo release Smash Bros. later in 2014 than release it early and the game feels incomplete. Still, if Sakurai and the team having been working hard and it's ready for Spring by all means BRING IT
  • shawksta - December 11, 2013 11:56 a.m.

    Nintendo just responded to that saying it was a "Misquotation in the interview" and flat out changed it to "Next Year"
  • J-Fid - December 10, 2013 7:30 p.m.

    If you can find my previous comments over the past several months / years, I've been on record that I believe SSB4 will release March 2014. That being said, I think it's now more likely (and hopefully, since school will be over) to release late May / early June. I just think about how much fun my summer was playing ACNL, and with SSB4, it'll probably be 4 times better.
  • RonnyLive19881 - December 10, 2013 4:31 p.m.

    Brawl was delayed several times but Melee and the original were out on time. Maybe this one won't need so much time with out the campaign with Pixar quality cut scenes.
  • Child Of Death - December 10, 2013 2:30 p.m.

    Yeah I guarentee it will be delayed.
  • dangomushi - December 10, 2013 2:02 p.m.

    Thanks for that Fakesch/not faking bit, Coop.
  • GR HollanderCooper - December 10, 2013 4:35 p.m.

    Shit I wish I could take credit, but that was all Magrino.
  • SpookMeister - December 10, 2013 1:31 p.m.

    If it will be supporting dedicated severs with a net code superior to KI for Xbone then I'll just drop my PS4 and buy a Wii U just for dat smash doeee
  • SonicHunter - December 10, 2013 1:20 p.m.

    I've never had a major delay happen to me while waiting for a game series (aside from Pikmin 3) and discovered Smash bros after brawl came out, along with most of gaming, so I'm excited as crap. I'm the one who got my dad back into gaming in the first place and my brother into it at all, so I had to find out everything, alright? Don't judge me! *goes to sit in a corner, mumbling "don't judge me"*
  • Outofmanyone - December 10, 2013 4:40 p.m.

    It's so much fun discovering games you missed out on. I got back into gaming after college and went back and played a ton of games I missed after reading reviews and recommendations from my brothers. There are a lot of good ones out there.
  • SonicHunter - December 11, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    There really are. Pikmin? Monster Hunter? Older Sonic games?
  • g1rldraco7 - December 10, 2013 1:01 p.m.

    Hmmm sounds too good to be true, let's stay positive for now though :)
  • rainn'sgaydar - December 10, 2013 12:46 p.m.

    I would bet MK8 is next fall at best, but I have to reluctantly agree with you here. Reluctant because my hopes are slightly higher now.
  • Frieza - December 10, 2013 12:29 p.m.

    I won't get my hopes up. Recalling what happened with Brawl, I wouldn't be surprised if the game gets delayed two or three times.
  • shawksta - December 10, 2013 12:14 p.m.

    Also the recent 3DS update gave it unified account, with being able to share money between 3DS and Wii U eshops with a NintendoID and 3DS has Miiverse now
  • shawksta - December 10, 2013 12:06 p.m.

    Its also to note that its referring to the Wii U smash, not the 3DS You might be right Cooper but if ain't from Sakurai, it might be wrong, he too secure about his games and I feel its gonna follow Kid Icarus Uprising and have a delay but we'll see what happens. If anything my guess if it IS spring, is late spring.
  • codystovall - December 10, 2013 11:49 a.m.

    hopefully, was hopin for january or february but spring would be okay, any further and Ill be annoyed.
  • Talvari - December 10, 2013 11:39 a.m.

    Dang...MK8 AND Smash potentially releasing wihin the same season? Sounds too good to be true but god damn 2 online multiplayer fan favourites right next to each other is pretty nice. It makes sense for them to do this but...with Nintendo lately who knows -.-
  • shawksta - December 10, 2013 12:07 p.m.

    Depends on what track record. By delays, yeah your right, its possible.
  • Vonter - December 10, 2013 2:07 p.m.

    I wouldn't hold my breath until we have another trailer. At the very least Mario Kart must be released as soon as possible.

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