UPDATE: Some information of the most important nature has been added to the bottom of the post. Please check it out on this, the first day of April, 2019.
2019 has been quite the year for arcade releases up to this point, as our arcade & pinball releases page can attest to. While last week saw another flurry of new games announced and demonstrated at Amusement Expo 2019, there are always games in development, and titles that are held back from shows because they aren’t ready to demonstrate in a public setting just quite yet. For one of those titles, it is bound to create quite a stir.
Collaborations between arcade manufacturers are not unheard of – uncommon at times, but not impossible. In the past, companies even combined their efforts to create new hardware, like the Sega/Namco/Nintendo Triforce. Today’s reveal falls close to that category, as we can unveil that Bandai Namco has come together along with Nintendo – to reveal Super Smash Bros. Arcade.
At the moment, we don’t have much information to go off of, beyond the image above and a few bullet points attached to the press email. As can be expected, some changes may be made to it before the final release. You can see that it supports up to four players, but the e-mail I received does mention that cabinets can link for up to 8 player matches.
A beloved favorite on Nintendo consoles, the game does have a different vibe to it from your typical 1v1 fighter. As it does follow this atypical formula (that of damaging your opponents to the point where they can be knocked of off the screen), the game will reportedly feature “arcade-balanced” gameplay that moves along a little quicker than what players might be used to. We haven’t received information on the roster yet, but we can assume it follows that of Smash Bros. Ultimate that is on the Switch right now.
We’re being told to expect more info soon, with a possible Summer release. We’ll have more information on this one as it unfolds; what do you think about it so far?
UPDATE: I have to fess up that this is an APRIL FOOLS JOKE, joining the ranks of our illustrious Firefly Arcade game from several years ago. Neither Bandai Namco nor Raw Thrills was in on it; I was originally sent the mock-up by reader Jdevy, then I went in and added some of my own touches (the original only had two joysticks and had card readers from the Marvel arcade game that D&B released a short time ago).
It was all meant for a laugh and some light-hearted fun, but rest assured that the other news we run on the site is always as accurate as we can get it (no joke!).
For a real (albeit not official or mass manufactured) Smash Bros. Arcade Cabinet that someone made for themselves, check out this set of pics over at Imgur.