RUMOR: Next Smash Bros. Out in Spring?

Hope Lost in Translation? There have been murmurs of a Spring release for the next Super Smash Bros., of which Sonic and Mega Man are featured players, for some time […]

Hope Lost in Translation?

There have been murmurs of a Spring release for the next Super Smash Bros., of which Sonic and Mega Man are featured players, for some time now.  But fans closely watching the Nintendo exclusive franchise received new hope of that timetable today, when an interview with a German Nintendo executive was translated.

That executive was GM Bernd Fakesch, and according to a translation published on NeoGAF, Smash may not be the only major game on deck a few months from now:

“For next spring two more big license games are also announced for our TV console with Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros.”

Eagle-eyed fans have known about the MK8 rumor dropping in Spring for a while now, but this is the first time we’ve learned of something more specific for Smash.  Still, some outlets are fairly skeptical; consider Nintendo Life’s write-up on the rumor:

We see three possibilities: Fakesch is right but has let slip early, he’s just got it wrong, or it’s a mis-quote / translation issue / bit of both. We’d lean towards the latter options, in truth, as Smash Bros. games notoriously take plenty of development time and effort; even with Namco Bandai weighing in with its expertise, Masahiro Sakurai isn’t known for producing projects quickly and arguably ahead of time.

There’s something else to consider: If the third exclusive Sonic title is indeed a combined Sonic and Mario affair, a Spring release of MK8 would allow enough breathing room for the new title to stand on its own next Fall, avoiding the trouble Sonic Lost World had cutting too close to Super Mario 3D World this year.  We’ll label this Rumor, and keep you informed on any developments.