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Nintendo discusses the possibility of a demo for ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is without a doubt one of the most anticipated games of the holiday season. Featuring every character that has ever appeared in a Smash Bros. title, Ultimate could be the hit that Nintendo needs in what is shaping up to be a relatively quiet 2018 for the Switch in terms of first-party releases.

It took a few generations, but ever since the Switch launched, Nintendo has fully embraced demos and betas for the first time. We got our hands on both ARMS and Splatoon 2 before they hit store shelves thanks to the Testpunch and Splatfest events, but can we expect Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to get the same treatment?

In an interview with Nintendo senior product marketing manager Bill Trinen at Comic-Con this week, IGN asked about the prospect of a demo in the same vein as the Splatfest for the next Super Smash Bros. game:

“Very good question. Right now they’re focused very much on getting the game ready. We have a few other things to be talking about down the road between now and when it launches in December. We’ll hopefully have some news on that as we get closer to launch.”

Unfortunately, this isn’t a definitive affirmation from Trinen, but he didn’t outright deny that a demo for Smash could be on the way either. Personally, I’d be shocked if Nintendo didn’t hold some sort of beta weekend for the game to get everyone excited in the weeks before the game launches on December 7th. IGN also asked about DLC, which has been present in both single-player and multiplayer games from Nintendo in recent years:

“Obviously that was a big part of the Wii U game, but part of Mr. Sakurai’s approach is let’s really focus on getting the game done, and then once he has the game done, he’ll start to make some decisions about what he wants to do with other characters or DLC or things like that. Whether or not he decides to do DLC again, or whether or not he decides this is the ultimate edition and there’s nothing more I can fit in there, we’ll have to see as we get closer to launch.”

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate hits the Switch on December 7th, 2018. Check out IGN’s full interview below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thehPvqow1I

Delta Lite NES emulator: How to try it out

The developer of Delta, the vintage console emulator for iOS devices, has given us a little something extra to play around with while we wait for its full release. We give you an inside peek at the NES emulator Delta Lite, as well as a guide to install it yourself.

Delta Lite NES emulator: How to try it out

The developer of Delta, the vintage console emulator for iOS devices, has given us a little something extra to play around with while we wait for its full release. We give you an inside peek at the NES emulator Delta Lite, as well as a guide to install it yourself.

Nintendo’s Switch could outsell the PS4 in 2018

Sony has had a stranglehold on the market ever since the PS4 launched in 2013. To date, the PS4 has reportedly outsold the Xbox One by greater than a two to one margin, and the distance between the two consoles grows larger each and every year. But one analyst believes that Sony might finally have some competition in 2018.

In a recent report, NPD Group analyst Mat Piscatella predicts that the Nintendo Switch will be the best-selling console of the holiday season, and could even overtake the PS4 for total sales on the year. Keep in mind that the Switch has only been on store shelves since early 2017, so millions of consumers had already chosen between the PS4 and Xbox One by the time Nintendo joined the current console generation.

“Driven by the launches of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo Switch will be the best-selling console of the fourth quarter in unit sales, while also elevating the platform to be the best-selling console of the year,” said Piscatella on the NPD Group blog.

In the same report, Piscatella shares his prediction for the top ten games in terms of total sales for 2018. There are multiple obvious choices here, including Red Dead Redemption 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Battlefield V, and PS4 exclusives like God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man. Not a single Switch game appears on the list, even with a new Super Smash Bros. and a pair of Pokemon games hitting Nintendo’s hybrid console in the coming months.

Without a single best-selling game, Nintendo is predicted to have the best-selling console on the market by the time the clock strikes midnight on December 31st. That would be an incredibly impressive achievement, speaking to just how attractive the hardware and the gimmick of the Switch can be for consumers worldwide.