Super Smash Bros. is inevitably arriving on Nintendo’s latest home console, the Nintendo Switch, in due time. But if a recent leak of images is to be believed, we may have a first look at the latest version of the game.
Before reading any further, do be aware these leaked images come from 4chan—make of that what you will—and while nothing has been discovered within these images to determine them as frauds,
the Smash community has been duped by fake leaks before.
If the leak is to be believed, Nintendo Switch’s version of
Super Smash Bros. acts as a sort of “deluxe” edition for both Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. One image shows Mario fighting Bowser Jr. on a visually-enhanced rendition of the 3DS-only stage “Paper Mario,” while others show a local multiplayer game of the mode “Smash Run,” previously only available in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
The most surprising content shown off in these images is a revitalized Target Test mode featuring Yoshi’s Target Test stage from
Super Smash Bros. Melee. This would seem to indicate the Super Smash Bros. series will give each character their own individualized Target Test challenges for the first time since 2001.
UPDATE: GameXplain and GoNintendo claim to have seen evidence and to have it on good authority, respectively, that these images are fake. Neither outlet has revealed the source of their certainty, but it seems likely that more information will surface in the coming hours and days if they are indeed fake. Otherwise we may learn more when E3 rolls around in just a few weeks.