A few days ago, images appeared online which claimed to be from a Nintendo Switch port of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Various media outlets soon reported that these images were actually fake, and now we have confirmation, as the creator himself has stepped forward to take credit, there is no doubt. The HD images of the 3DS version’s Paper Mario stage, Yoshi’s target smash course from Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Smash Run were all made by Nintendo YouTube content creator Josh Thomas of TheBitBlock.

The project had many fans and critics taking sides as to whether it was fake or real this week, which was actually the creator’s goal. Thomas wanted to see if he had the skill to pull off a project that some would believe to be real in the days leading up to E3.

“The reason I did this was because I wanted to challenge myself to do something that was a leak for E3. I thought doing Smash Bros. screenshots would be particularly difficult considering the fan base is very rabbid for Smash Bros., so I thought it would be very hard to trick them.”
— Josh Thomas

According to Thomas, he dedicated one day of work per screenshot, and he created all assets except for the character models from scratch, including graphics and icons. He also plans to continue reimagining
Smash Bros. characters and stages on his channel in the future.

Thomas also explains in the video above that these “leaks” serve as a pseudo-extension of his ”
Make Believe” series, in which he tackles various Nintendo properties and animates future examples of what they could like. These projects have included Animal Crossing, Splatoon, and Mario Kart in the past. If you want to see more of what he can create, you can check out his channel. You can follow Thomas
@JoshyFunTime on Twitter to see the original screenshots he made for this false leak.

Did you fall for this pre-E3 fan project? Were you convinced it was real or fake before Thomas came forward as the creator? And do you think a
Super Smash Bros. port for the Nintendo Switch is still coming? I know I sure hope it is! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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