Bandai Namco Amusements Confirms Super Smash Bros. Arcade For Arcades (UPDATED)

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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.

Super Smash Bros. Arcade by APRIL FOOLS

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.


  1. Da Flex April 1, 2019 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    That’s a big joint venture. With Nintendo on board, I have high expectations.

  2. david April 1, 2019 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    nice april fools!!

  3. HahaFunnyJoke April 1, 2019 at 2:28 pm - Reply


  4. RJAY63 April 1, 2019 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Great news but I’m very disappointed they went with the archaic joystick and buttons setup. I would have preferred “Cowboy Hats” where you control your character by waving them frantically around your head in a circular motion shouting “YEEIII-HAAAAA”. Hopefully they’ll see sense and put this in the final build! 😉

  5. Da Flex April 2, 2019 at 6:27 am - Reply

    Oh boy, you got me. 😛

  6. arcades4ever April 3, 2019 at 1:57 am - Reply

    Unfortunately I knew it was an April fools joke to be honest as there is only one attack button and also has no other button for defence as well as a taunt button lol but it would be so cool to have an arcade version though and in order to play as a certain character you would have to use an amiibo to scan in order to play that character. Nintendo and raw thrills should team up like they did with cruisin blast.

    • arcadehero April 4, 2019 at 7:08 am - Reply

      There are four buttons, but it’s kind of hard to see the three in a row beneath the large yellow one; same button layout as the Marvel: Contest of Champions as that’s the basis for the mock up 😉

  7. supergamer April 4, 2019 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Sambil Maracaibo Venezuela, its real we have one in Venezuela.

  8. PhoenixSunrise August 23, 2021 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    ….I have something to share with you all….a thing of absolute wonder….please keep in mind that it’s still in the prototype phase.



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