Another day, another Nintendo NX rumor, but this latest one sounds like it at least could be true.
Dr. Serkan Toto, CEO of Tokyo-based consultancy game company Kantan Games, took to Twitter recently to say that Bandai Namco is working on several titles for Nintendo's yet-to-be-revealed game console, and that one of them is Super Smash Bros. Furthermore, Smash Bros. is said to be a launch title for the NX.
According to NintendoLife, Toto is usually a reliable source. When he isn't spawning Nintendo NX rumors he offers plenty of data and analysis about the Japanese gaming market.
Toto goes on to say that his source for the information is "solid" but that his source isn't sure if Super Smash Bros. on the NX is a brand-new entry in the franchise or a port of the Wii U version of the game.
Bandai Namco is currently developing several NX titles. Smash Bros is planned to be a launch title. I am not sure about the date - yet ;).
— Dr. Serkan Toto (@serkantoto) January 28, 2016
To follow up on my last tweet: I haven't heard if it's a completely new (numbered) Smash Bros or not. Otherwise, source situation is solid. — Dr. Serkan Toto (@serkantoto) January 28, 2016
We're going to assume the latter is the most likely option. It took years for Nintendo to create Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Given that the game is barely over a year old, and it seems hard to imagine Nintendo could whip up a brand new entry in two years.
If Super Smash Bros. is set to be an NX launch title, a complete edition of the Wii U version of the game that comes bundled with all of the title's DLC seems a much more plausible scenario. As for Bandai Namco developing multiple titles for the platform, it certainly seems likely. The company worked with Nintendo on Smash Bros. and Hyrule Warriors, two of the most successful games on the Wii U. For them to continue that strong partnership makes perfect sense.
Alas, this is all just rumor at this point, and it seems like there is a new NX rumor every week. Take all of this with a grain of salt for now. We'll know what's officially going on when Nintendo unveils its new machine this summer.