UPDATE 9/3/18: Smash Bros. series boss Masahiro Sakurai has confirmed his involvement in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch.
Writing on Twitter following last night's announcement, Sakurai said he had been working on the Switch version in secret for some time:
"Right now we're just at the stage where we revealed this game, but I've been working on this game in silence day after day," he wrote. "Please wait until we can release more information, or until release day!" (Thanks to SourceGaming for the translation, which we've independently checked.)
This past weekend's EVO 2017 tournament included announcements from all of the major games on show - except for Super Smash Bros., because Nintendo.
The last few Super Smash Bros. amiibo have been given a release date - nearly three years after the game launched for Wii U and 3DS.
Final Fantasy's Cloud, Bayonetta and Fire Emblem's Corrin were all shown off in last night's Nintendo Direct broadcast. Each of the three will come in two variants, and all six will launch here in the UK on 21st July.
These figures were confirmed a long while ago - and there's been no reason given for the long wait. Some had suspected Nintendo was waiting on the launch of a potential Super Smash Bros. port for Nintendo Switch.
UPDATE 8.20am: You can now rewatch all of last night's Super Smash Bros. livestream, which unveiled the final DLC characters that will be added to the game's roster: Corrin and Bayonetta.
Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy 7 is headed to Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U next month.
Let's just let those words sink in.
Nintendo revealed the add-on character in a surprise stinger to tonight's Nintendo Direct conference.
New DLC has been spotted for Super Smash Bros., with the classic Zelda-themed Pirate Ship stage that debuted in Brawl appearing on the Wii U eShop today.
Nintendo has announced a new Super Mario Maker stage for its all-star beat-'em-up Super Smash Bros.
Amiibo owners will soon be able to back up their figurine's data via an unofficial device, the amiiqo.
Mewtwo, the first Amiibo based upon a Super Smash Bros. DLC character, has been given a 23rd October UK release date.
Nintendo has updated Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS with the games' long-awaited tournament mode and YouTube upload function.
Version 1.1.0 adds the two new features for free. Tournaments let you compete online with scores of other players, while the in-built YouTube upload lets you save replays to the streaming video site and Miiverse simultaneously.
Support for another wave of paid-for DLC has also been added, although you'll need to purchase all of it separately.
Nintendo has reissued a number of its harder-to-find Amiibo figurines.
UPDATE: The Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct has now aired, and with it comes official confirmation of the Ryu and Roy character leaks detailed below.
Nintendo will launch Earthbound's Lucas as a downloadable character for Super Smash Bros. on 3DS and Wii U next Sunday, 14th June.
Lucas costs Ł3.59 on either 3DS or Wii U, or Ł4.49 as a combo pack for both platforms.
The pint-sized fighter was part of the regular roster for the Wii's Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but was left out of the default Wii U/3DS line-up.
A range of counterfeit Amiibo toys have appeared on sale and - at first glance at least - look pretty similar to the real things.
Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U will be expanded with its first DLC character, Mewtwo, on 28th April.
The fighter will cost Ł3.59 in the UK, or comes free for owners of both games that have registered the titles with Club Nintendo.
Nintendo has also announced the second DLC character - blonde-haired Earthbound and Super Smash Bros. Brawl fighter Lucas.
Nintendo has released a new Super Smash Bros. for 3DS update that adds Amiibo support to the title.
The patch arrives just in time for this Friday, 13th February, when the Amiibo-compatible New 3DS and New 3DS XL arrive in Europe.
Armed with a shiny new handheld, you'll be able to scan in and level up your Amiibo figurine - the same as you can on the game's Wii U edition.
Nintendo looks set to launch a pair of special edition gold and silver Mario Amiibo figurines.
Nintendo has clarified the rules of its fledgling YouTube Creators Program for channels entirely dedicated to the scheme.
There's a new update for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U that unlocks 15 more stages for the game's 8-player mode.
The 316MB download brings the brawler's version number up to 1.0.2.
Smash Bros. previously limited its hectic 8-player mode to just a few stages, as some are simply too small to include all of the action.
UPDATE 28/1/15 5pm: Nintendo has sold "about 5.7m" Amiibo toys since their launch in late November.
Company president Satoru Iwata confirmed the figure during a conference with investors today, Bloomsberg reports.
If all 5.7m were sold at the UK price of Ł10.99, Nintendo would stand to have made around Ł63m in sales.
Nintendo's January and February waves of Amiibo figurines have already begun selling out - before the toys are anywhere near shop shelves.
Technical Analysis: Smash Bros. on 3DS and Wii U
A rare defective Peach Amiibo with no legs is now available on eBay.
Super Smash Bros. creator and director Masahiro Sakurai has said that he is unlikely to make another game in the series.
Combined sales of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have earned Nintendo its biggest UK Pokémon launch of all time.
The combined sales total beat last year's launch of Pokémon X and Y by 17 per cent, UK numbers company Chart-Track announced - despite Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire being remakes of the series' Game Boy Advance incarnations.
Previously, the UK record for a Pokémon launch was held by 2011's Black and White on DS.
UPDATE 3.30pm: Moscow commuters beware - we've been told that while the Amiibo interacts with the gate's locking mechanism and changes its light to green, the gate itself will still close on you should you try to pass through.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has become Nintendo's fastest-selling Wii U game ever in the US.
Nintendo has detailed how owners of Super Smash Bros. on both 3DS and Wii U can access their free download of Mewtwo.
Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai has confirmed that Nintendo isn't planning on developing any paid DLC for the popular 3DS and Wii U brawler.
UPDATE 11/11/14 2.15pm: Nintendo of Europe has now confirmed UK release dates for the company's third and fourth waves of Amiibo.
1987 NES classic Duck Hunt will soon be available to buy from the Wii U eShop, Nintendo has confirmed.
This month Nintendo is set to dive head first down the warp pipe from its regular world of virtual characters into a new era of physical toys.
A number of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS players have reported receiving 136-year bans.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will now be released a week earlier in Europe - on 28th November, Nintendo has just confirmed.
This applies to the game itself, the new Smash Bros. themed GameCube controller and the game and controller bundle.
The only bundle whose release date hasn't been changed is the Smash Bros. and Mario Amiibo bundle - that's still down for 5th December.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will include eight-player battles for the first time in Nintendo's crossover fighting series.
Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai has teased a couple of exclusive game modes coming to the Wii U version of the popular brawler series' latest.
Taking to the Miiverse, the series director posted the following image of the game's menu under what appears to be single-player game modes. "Now, what mode is this...?!" Sakurai teased.
The first word of one mode is "Master", while its second half is blurred out, and the other mode begins with "Crazy". Any ideas what they could be?
Unused audio files found within Super Smash Bros. for 3DS hint that there were once plans to include an eight-player mode.
UPDATE 8/10/14 11.55am: The Wii U GameCube controller adapter will only be compatible with Super Smash Bros., Nintendo has now said.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will launch in Europe on 5th December, Nintendo has announced.
North America will get the game almost two weeks earlier, meanwhile - on 21st November.
The first wave of Amiibo, the company's new Skylanders-style toy range, will arrive here a week earlier on 28th November. 12 figurines will be initially available: Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Fox, Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Villager, Pikachu, Kirby and Marth.
Monolith's open world action game Shadow of Mordor has entered the UK chart in second place with the biggest launch for a game based on The Lord of the Rings in the UK.
Sales are split 56 per cent on PlayStation 4, 41 per cent on Xbox One and 3 per cent on PC. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions launch on 21st November.
Official sales data from Chart-Track shows EA's behemoth FIFA 15 still comfortable in first place despite a 70 per cent drop in sales. Remember, Chart-Track does not include downloads.
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS requires a day one patch to unlock the game's online multiplayer mode.
The update is not automatically applied when starting the game - instead, you can head to the handheld's eShop and nab it from there.
You'll also need to make sure your 3DS is updated to the latest firmware version, Nintendo has cautioned.
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U do not feature any transforming characters - such as Zelda and Sheik - due to the 3DS' hardware limitations.
A modder has got Nintendo's classic GameCube controller working with the 3DS - just in time for the release of Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS contains a bug that causes enemies to vastly expand in size.
Masahiro Sakurai was just 19 years old when he designed Kirby, the marshmallow-like blob that would become one of Nintendo's second-tier mascots, always straining for a look-in behind the front-row dazzlers like Mario and Link. Sakurai would be yoked to his creation for years (a time during which he created five Kirby games) before, by his own admission, he had to do something, anything else. His antidote was a fighting game, one in which Kirby was able to exact revenge on the rest of the Nintendo roster (or they on him). Sakurai worked on a demo in secret, without his employer's knowledge, believing that they'd never permit their most treasured characters to do battle. When he finally showed his workings, Nintendo agreed to fund Super Smash Bros., alongside the warning that it would likely never receive an overseas release.
1999's debut for the series proved the management wrong: the game sold close to five million copies worldwide. Despite the success, that irreverent, desperate spirit that inspired Sakurai to create the game's blueprint has remained strong. In Super Smash Bros. 3DS, the first game in the series for six years, it is fully preserved. If Street Fighter is the well-oiled martial arts tournament of video games then Super Smash Bros. is the medium's wild-eyed bar-room brawl: chaotic, noisy, undisciplined. Moreover, with its shower of novelty weapons (flame-throwing sunflowers, explosive pokéballs, throw-able Steel Diver submarines) and vast cast of costumed fighters, it's a bar-room brawl at a fan convention. Sonic didn't like the way Kirby winked at him; Pikachu accused Falco Lombardi of spilling his drink; Wii Fit Trainer did an accidental downward facing dog on Diddy Kong's toe. Mayhem ensues.
The spectacle of these unlikely duels has always been the series' most appealing move. In Super Smash Bros. it's better than ever. Meet the Villager, an improbable émigré from Animal Crossing's sleepy town. He or she (both versions are available) can smack his enemies with a shovel, take to the sky (hoisted by a fistful of red balloons), ride an explosive rocket-powered gyroid into enemies and even erect a house as a devastating finishing move. Face Villager against, say, Pikmin's Captain Olimar, with his bite-happy minions, or Ness, the squat American teenager from the Mother series, or Super Mario Galaxy's Rosalina with her emo-sweep fringe and the joke hits even before the first punch is thrown.
Gamer Network, which publishes this website, has announced Nintendo's line-up for this year's EGX London, taking place next week from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th September at Earls Court.
NES fighting duo Ice Climbers were cut from the character roster of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U due to the 3DS' lack of hardware power, series boss Masahiro Sakurai has revealed.
Nintendo of Europe has announced the Nintendo 3DS Winter 2014 Bonus Game Promotion wherein it's giving away vouchers for a free game to anyone who registers their 3DS, 3DS XL or 2DS at Club Nintendo along with one of the following titles: Super Smash Bros., Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.
The 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. isn't due to release in Japan until Friday but copies of the game are already out in the wild.
Twitch user Hayama is currently streaming the game and confirming a number of characters that have yet to be officially announced.
As previously revealed in an earlier character roster leak, new playable entrants include Bowser Jr, Dark Pit from Kid Icarus: Uprising and the Duck Hunt Dog from the classic NES game.
Nintendo's range of Amiibo figurines cost Ł10.99 each in the UK.
UPDATE 12.50pm: Xenoblade Chronicles' just-announced 3DS port will only be available for the new 3DS and 3DS XL designs.
Nintendo's new hardware revisions include a beefier CPU, which will be required to get the Wii game running (thanks, Siliconera).
ORIGINAL STORY 12.20pm: Xenoblade Chronicles character Shulk is playable in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, Nintendo has confirmed.
A slew of allegedly leaked screenshots and gameplay videos have possibly revealed the full roster of characters in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game.
Kirby character Meta Knight will be playable in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, Nintendo has confirmed.
The returning fighter first appeared in the series' Wii entry, Smash Bros. Brawl.
Meta Knight's Brawl appearance was deemed too powerful by some - leading to the character been banned from some professional tournaments.
Nintendo has confirmed that it's launching a limited edition branded 3DS XL alongside the release of Super Smash Bros. on the handheld this October.
Hitting UK shelves on October 3rd, the 3DS XL comes in red and with a special emblazoned motif. A copy of Super Smash Bros. comes pre-installed on the console.
The limited edition Super Smash Bros. 3DS XL is available to pre-order for Ł209.99.
You can dress up your Mii as a Nintendo character in the forthcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U according to an official tweet from the game's director Masahiro Sakurai. You heard, Gamescom - frankly, everyone in Cologne might as well pack their bags and come home because when it comes to video game news, this week we are done.
Fire Emblem: Awakening heroes Lucina and Robin are the latest playable characters to be announced for Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U.
Speaking shortly after the success of Smash Bros. Brawl, series boss Masahiro Sakurai swatted away the notion that the series would be released on a more regular basis. There wouldn't be enough new features to add, he argued, and he didn't want a quick and easy sequel to consist of just a few extra characters.
Last night Nintendo held its first ever Super Smash Bros. for Wii U invitational tournament, live on stage at E3.
The 3DS and Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. will include another new fighter - Pac-Man, Nintendo has announced.
Namco's spherical yellow fighter can throw fruit and spawn fire hydrants. His Final Smash move appears to be his powered-up form, albeit grown to a screen-filling size.
Smash Bros. series boss Masahiro Sakurai revealed the latest addition to the games' roster last night during an E3 roundtable discussion. Namco is aiding Nintendo in the game's development, so the inclusion makes sense.
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS will be released on 3rd October, a slight delay from the previous "summer" date, Nintendo has announced.
The Wii U is getting a GameCube controller adapter, Nintendo has announced.
The upcoming peripheral was revealed in a promotional video for E3's Super Smash Bros. Invitational, then later confirmed on Twitter where Nintendo noted that the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. will support this control scheme.
This device plugs into the Wii U and allows up to four GameCube controllers to connect to it. Could this mean that Nintendo will start manufacturing GameCube controller's again?
The upcoming Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. will support Nintendo's recently-announced NFC toy range.
Nintendo's stable of iconic characters isn't the most diverse cast you could imagine, but the Kyoto-based company is making an effort to rate higher on the Bechdel test by adding more playable female characters to its upcoming Super Smash Bros. title on Wii U and 3DS.
Nintendo will not hold a live press conference at E3 2014, the company has announced.
Super Smash Bros. 3DS will launch this summer, while Super Smash Bros. Wii U will arrive winter 2014, Nintendo has announced.
Donkey Kong sidekick Diddy Kong will again be a playable character in the upcoming versions of Super Smash Bros.
Diddy's return was confirmed today in the latest update from Smash Bros. series boss Masahiro Sakurai, timed to coincide with the launch of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
The diminutive ape first joined the fighting series' roster for Wii incarnation Smash Bros. Brawl and quickly became a popular fighting choice.
Super Smash Bros. extensive character roster got another boost, with Punch Out's Little Mac now being added to the Wii U and 3DS brawler.
King Dedede will again be playable in Super Smash Bros. on 3DS and Wii U, Nintendo has confirmed.
A rotund hammer-wielding villain from the Kirby series, Dedede was announced as returning for the latest installments overnight via SmashBros.com.
Smash Bros. series boss Masahiro Sakurai first introduced Dedede to the series with Wii installment Brawl. A fan of the Kirby series, Sakurai in the past directed half a dozen Kirby titles.
There's something about playing Nintendo games at Christmas. Maybe it's their colours, rich and gaudy like pristine wrapping paper. Maybe it's the giddy sense of fun they elicit that fits so well with the festive season. Whatever it is, I spent much of my holiday smiling my face off at recent favourite Super Mario 3D World, or visiting my Animal Crossing: New Leaf town to see it covered in snow.
Rosalina and Luma, two stars of the Mario universe introduced in the Wii's Galaxy games, are to make their first appearance in the Smash Bros. series next year.
Nintendo has shown off Super Mario Galaxy in HD - as a level for Smash Bros. Wii U.
Nintendo has announced another returning fighter for the 3DS and Wii U incarnations of Super Smash Bros. It's Toon Link, from The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker.
His inclusion makes a lot of sense - Wind Waker HD is due for release next month, and the cel-shaded version of the character has gained considerable popularity since Wind Waker's initial release, enough to star in DS spin-offs Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks.
Toon Link is the latest in a line of returning characters already confirmed for the games: Peach, Luigi, Kid Icarus' Pit and Pikmin's Olimar have already been confirmed, alongside returning regulars Mario, Bowser, Link, Samus, Donkey Kong, Fox, Kirby and Pikachu.
Nintendo has confirmed Peach will be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS.
Peach's expected inclusion - she was in the last two Smash Bros. games: Melee and Brawl - raises the roster to 15 characters. They are as follows:
The upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS will receive Pikmin protagonist Captain Olimar along with his merry band of Pikmin, Nintendo has announced.
The next versions of Super Smash Bros. will offer a different kind of story campaign to previous games in the series, creator Masahiro Sakurai has promised.
UPDATE #2: Nintendo has broadcast a mini Nintendo Direct starring Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai, who talked about the game's three new characters in more detail.
The creator of Super Smash Bros. has expressed fears that development on the series' upcoming 3DS and Wii U versions may be affected by his ongoing arm complaint.
Nintendo will merge its handheld and home console hardware divisions under one roof next month in a historic move to allow greater collaboration between the two teams.
The upcoming Wii U incarnation of Super Smash Bros. will not include "complicated controls just for the sake of it", the series' boss has promised.
Namco Bandai is cautious whether it should include Tekken characters in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. games for Wii U and 3DS, which it is co-developing with Nintendo.
The next Super Smash Bros. game will not focus on dramatically expanding the series' character roster.
Nintendo has drafted in Namco Bandai to make the Super Smash Bros. sequel.
Yoshito Higuchi, the producer and director of the Tales series, Tetsuya Akatsuka, producer and director of Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs., the art director and sound director of the SoulCalibur series and the main development team staff from the Tekken series have all been enlisted to work alongside Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai, who will direct the project.
The Wii U and Nintendo 3DS game was announced last year - but it doesn't look like we'll see it for quite a while.
The "key" ingredient to Nintendo's next Super Smash Bros. games will be the connectivity between Wii U and 3DS versions, its creator has revealed.
Tekken boss Katsuhiro Harada was convinced to bring the fighting series to the 3DS after watching passionate Nintendo fans playing Super Smash Bros.
Excited for more Smash Bros? Time to calm down down a little. The new project, planned for both Wii U and 3DS, is still a long way from release.
Don't expect any new information on Smash Bros. 3DS or Wii U soon - series director Masahiro Sakurai has admitted that development hasn't started yet.