Ok. Before you read this, go look for the biggest grain of salt you could find. Done? Alright then. According to a leak from 4Chan (again big grain of salt guys) Smash Bros is one of the titles that will be released this year for the Wii U. According to a “leaked” internal NOA document, Smash Bros will be joining with Mario Kart to take over the holiday season.
According to the leaked document, Nintendo is preparing an onslaught of games for the Fall. In the fall Yarn Yoshi, Smash Bros U, Bayonetta 2, Xenoblade Wii U, Shin Megami X Fire Emblem, Wind Waker Reborn, and Mario Kart Wii U will all be coming out sometime between late August and November. Nintendo’s other holiday release will be Wii Fit U which will come with Fit Meter and Balance Board, or just with the Fit Meter. If this is true, then Nintendo is giving me an empty wallet for Christmas.
How believable is this list? Well, Yarn Yoshi, Smash Bros, Bayonetta 2, and Mario Kart Wii U are all pretty believable. I’m a little bit doubtful of Shin Megami and Xenoblade U. Xenoblade definitely could be completed this year (Monolith will have had three years since Xenoblade launched in Japan), but a US release for Xenoblade and Shin Megami Tensai x Fire Emblem seems a bit optimistic considering the work involved in translating.
Smash is obviously the biggest game on the list. Namco was brought to the title specifically to speed up development. However, we know that Smash began development after Kid Icarus Uprising went gold which was probably about a year and two months ago. Masahiro Sakurai is definitely not known to rush games.
Wii Fit U is supposed to launch by the end of the first half of the year. It isn’t impossible for the game to slip to the holiday, but I think Nintendo should be pushing to get something big on the shelves before August.
The bigger problem with this list is what isn’t included. There is no mention of a 3DS version for Smash. Nintendo has never guaranteed a simultaneous release for both games, but I got the impression they’d release in the same time frame. We know that Nintendo will be publishing Project X Zone and Wii Party U, neither of which are on the list. Their omission casts quite a bit of doubt on this “leak’s” validity.
In the end though, I believe this list. Not because I see much of a logical reason to believe it, but because I want to believe I’ll be playing Smash Bros. U by the end of the year.