Nintendo Minute - Spin the Wheel! w/ Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Hi! This week we’re kicking off our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate video series. We thought we’d do something really fun and maybe a little crazy? We made a wheel with some interesting challenges. We’re going to spin the wheel to determine which challenge to face in-game.

Smash Bros. Ultimate full roster poster to be included in the next issue of CoroCoro

The next issue of CoroCoro is due out Dec. 15th, 2018 in Japan, and it includes a very special treat for Smash Bros. fans. The issue will include a full roster poster for Smash Bros. Ultimate, which means all 74 characters will be on display. If only it were mural sized1

Switch GameCube Controller Adapter delayed to May 2019 in the UK due to "unforeseen production issues"

If you're looking to get a GameCube controller adapter for Switch in the UK, we've got some bad news. Amazon UK sent out emails saying the adapter was delayed, and now further information from Nintendo themselves confirms that the item has been delayed to May 2019.

Thank you for your recent pre-order of Nintendo GameCube Controller Adapter for Nintendo Switch through the Nintendo Official UK Store. We are contacting you as the GameCube Controller adapter has been postponed until May 2019 due to unforeseen production issues. Please rest assured that once we have a confirmed launch date we will notify you and does not impact any other Super Smash Bros. Ultimate items you may have pre-ordered at the same time.

That's quite a lengthy delay! Remember, there are third party options that will work just the same, and the original GameCube controller adapter for Wii U will do the trick as well.

Sakurai autographs a Smash Bros. Ultimate Switch dock for a fellow staffer

The Smash Bros. Ultimate Switch bundle is now available in Japan. As you know, the bundle includes a fancy Switch dock emblazoned with some fighters from Smash Bros. Ultimate. Turns out that wasn't flashy enough for one member of the dev team, though! According to Masahiro Sakurai, the dev bugged Sakurai about adding his signature to the dock. Looks like Sakurai was eventually convinced to oblige!

TBS ELEAGUE presentation of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate E3 2018 Invitational Tournament kicks off tonight

A few weeks back, we shared news of TBS' ELEAGUE series taking Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate E3 2018 Invitational Tournament and editing it into a three-part presentation for airing on TV. Tonight you can catch the first episode in the series, which airs at 11 PM EST.

Thanks to Golfdude for the heads up!

Nintendo hosting Smash Bros. Ultimate competition for elementary schools in Japan

Nintendo has announced that they'll be hosting a Smash Bros. Ultimate national competition for elementary school students in Japan. The tournament will be a three-on-three battle, and allows for all fighters and most stages. Items will be allowed, and participants will play using the Switch Pro controller. One team from each elementary school may participate, with qualifying rounds held in Osaka on March 31st, 2019. The finals will have 6 teams going at it head-to-head.

Smash Bros. Ultimate - blog update for Nov. 15th, 2018 (Meta Knight)

Today's Fighter: Meta Knight

This fighter not only has tons of quick moves, he can perform a midair jump five times! All his special moves have a recovery aspect, so use them at the right time. His Final Smash is Darkness Illusion, which unleashes a fast series of aerial attacks.

Inkling will take water damage in Smash Bros. Ultimate

Better keep that Inkling away from water when you're battling in Smash Bros. Ultimate. As you can see in the clip above, water will do damage to the Inkling if you stay in there too long! This happens to some other characters as well, such as Incineroar.

Nintendo says N64 Classic is 'not in their planning,' talks Smash DLC, the Waluigi situation, cloud gaming on Switch, and more

Kotaku had a sit-down interview with Reggie Fils-Aime earlier this week, and we've already gone over the first part of their interview. Now they're back with another wave of questions and answers with the big guy, which you can read through below.

On the potential for an N64 Classic

“We were clear when we did the first two Classic series that, for us, these were limited time opportunities that were a way for us as a business to bridge from the conclusion of Wii U as a hardware system to the launch of Nintendo Switch. That was the very strategic reason we launched the NES Classic system. So while consumers may have been anticipating something, we view these as limited time opportunities. We’ve also now been very clear that as the consumer looks forward to engaging with our classic content that is going to happen more and more with the subscription service. I would not ever rule something out, but what I can tell you is certainly that’s not in our planning horizon.”

On more classic games for the Switch Online service

“As we look to the future, our subscription service, NSO, Nintendo Switch Online is going to be the place where you can play our classic content… We’ll see what comes next. As you have already pointed out, we haven’t even made the full library of NES games available yet. So this content has to be optimized for the Switch environment. That’s something we’re working very hard to do. Like you, I look forward to playing Metroid through the Nintendo Switch Online service and we’ll be continuing to release content that way.”

On the DLC characters for Smash Bros. Ultimate

“I haven’t talked to (Masahiro Sakurai), but I believe he was working hard to communicate two things: One, that the characters have been decided on. Second, that he is well in development on this, so please be patient. My interpretation is that there will be no fan polls, [and that] no independent poll trying to push Waluigi, as an example, will not influence the decisions that have already been made.”

On Waluigi being playable in Smash Bros. Ultimate

“We’re not here to discuss that at this point in time.”

On doing more with competitive gaming and eSports

- Nintendo will “work with the existing events that are in place, make the product available, encourage the community.”
- the Activision-Blizzard model of creating their own leagues for any game is "not an approach that we believe makes sense for our content.”

On cloud-based games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Resident Evil 7

“It’s specific to Japan because of the internet infrastructure that exists in that country. Very high-speed wireless capability. The ability to have a great experience in Japan is profound. The technical infrastructure doesn’t exist for that to happen currently here in the United States and so from that standpoint we’re looking at that activity as a very interesting test case and certainly is going to drive our thinking and our potential investments here in the Americas.”

On games like WarioWare Gold coming to 3DS instead of Switch

"...our development focus is on Nintendo Switch. You look at the plethora of content we’ve launched; the plethora of content we’ve announced. That is clearly where our development focus is. However, there are a lot of five, six, seven-year olds who have an opportunity to have their first gaming device and to have a fantastic gaming experience. And that’s what our dedicated handheld business is for, both the 2DS and the 3DS. ...we want the newest experience to be on Switch. That’s why the upcoming Luigi’s Mansion game is going to be a fantastic experience.”

As one last blurb, Reggie made mention that the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild paid expansion “has done exceptionally well in our marketplace.”

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Smash Bros. Ultimate - Latest French commercial

Gaming icons clash in the ultimate brawl you can play anytime, anywhere! Smash rivals off the stage as new characters Simon Belmont and King K. Rool join Inkling, Ridley, and every fighter in Super Smash Bros. history. Enjoy enhanced speed and combat at new stages based on the Castlevania series, Super Mario Odyssey, and more!