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Smash • May 17, 2019

What Super Smash Bros. Ultimate surprises will we see at E3 2019?

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What Super Smash Bros. Ultimate surprises will we see at E3 2019?
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fans have been treated to a shed load of new content since the game was first released in December 2018, but it looks almost certain that Nintendo will have even more in store for the game at E3 2019. 

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The fighting title brings together most of the Japanese developer's most iconic video game characters, with figures from the worlds of Super Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more involved in what's widely thought of as the deepest roster the game genre has ever seen. 

With that being said, many gaming fans will be aware that the E3 trade fair is an event where Nintendo - and other industry giants like Microsoft and Sony - have been known to drop major announcements. 

It's not too far away now, kicking off on June 11, so let's take a look at what they could have waiting for us...

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New characters

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One of the most likely scenarios is that we see a reveal, or tease, for a new playable character - or characters, for the optimists among us - that could be added to the Smash roster in 2019. 

Leaked information has already suggested up to 10 new DLC characters could be added in the future, as data miners found that same amount of empty slots in the game files, with owners of the Fighters Pass already expecting another five by the end of the year. 

Therefore, there's a very good chance that we could see a new trailer during Nintendo's press conference, at the very least. With fans voicing their frustration about Waluigi's absence from the game so far, this could be a perfect time to drop the news.

A report from Nintendo Soup suggests that a new video was published to the Nintendo YouTube channel, privately, and is scheduled to go live in the near future. Could that be the trailer we're going to see? 

New game modes

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It's fair to say that the game's online community were delighted to see that Stage Builder was finally added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, after eagle-eyed fans spotted the icon for it during a Nintendo Switch trailer on April 9. 

However, it's not the only game mode that has featured in past Smash games and, presumably, it won't be the last added to the newest installment of the franchise either. With Target Smash, Board the Platforms, and Home Run Contest all featuring in previous titles, there's a good chance that - given the popularity of the improved Stage Builder - that these could be remastered sometime soon. 

Other potential news

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A number of new quality of life and balance adjustments could be revealed at the E3 event, as fans have signposted some frustrating issues with the game in recent months. 

One noticeable problem, which many fans believe to be a problem with 3D animations in the fighting game, is characters missing strikes and attacks that they would expect to land - as seen with Donkey Kong. Many will be hoping that these are resolved in the near future. 

The game's meta has remained very similar to that of its original form, with top tier characters such as Princess Peach, Daisy, Olimar, Lucina, Link, and others dominating since launch. 

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Nintendo fans will be looking forward to new Smash, Pokemon and potentially even Nintendo Switch 2 news at E3 2019.

Nintendo E3 press conference details

The official E3 2019 press conference from Nintendo is set to kick off on June 11, the opening day of the annual event, and will take place at 9 am (PT) - or 12 pm (EST), 5 pm (BST) and 2 am, June 12 (AEST). 

Many gamers will also be expecting a sneak peek - at the very least - of a brand new Nintendo Switch 2 console. Whether or not that, or much of the Smash speculation, will come to fruition remains to be seen. 

Other than that, their schedule also includes the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Championship 2019 3v3, which will be held on June 8 and streamed for people to watch, as well as more news in regards to the Nintendo Switch's upcoming Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield video games.