In January 2015 in his column in , Sakurai alluded to the possibility of retirement, expressing doubt that he would be able to continue making games if his career continued to be as stressful as it was. In December 2015, Sakurai once again stated that he wasn't sure if there will be another Smash Bros. game in the series. In January 2016, it was rumoured that a new Super Smash Bros. game was being developed by Bandai Namco and that the game was planned as a launch title for Nintendo's upcoming NX platform. However, it is currently unknown as to whether it will be another installment in the series or an enhanced port of the 3DS and Wii U versions.
What else about the scene proved inspirational? Smash has interesting material, even among other, similar esports. "The Smash Bros. series is in a unique position," GosuJasu said. "In a world of online gaming, [Smashers] still meet locally and form communities." Because Melee predates online console gaming, and the new Super Smash Bros. for Wii U doesn't have the best online functionality, players still make a concerted effort to organize local tournaments.
Nintendo has released some new screenshots of New Super Smash Bros U. The images portray Princess Zelda with opponents such as the regular and toon Link, Princess Peach, Samus Aran and a few others. The game is expected to release this year, hopefully sometime in the summer.
This first look at the new Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U gives us some exciting new additions to the roster!
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Super Smash Bros. Trailer - E3 2013