The Gamer had previously reported that Masahiro Sakurai was taking a step back from the hellish production schedule that he had undertaken with the older Super Smash Bros. games and was starting to take care of his health.
This doesn't mean that Sakurai is done with the Super Smash Bros. series as he announced on Twitter that he will be part of Nintendo's upcoming E3 event.
The presence of Sakurai at the event will be linked to the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Switch, as he will likely be the one to announce the details of the new game, as well as possibly being the one who reveals some of the new characters in the game.
There is a possibility that Sakurai will surprise us with an announcement of a secret project that he is working on, such as Kid Icarus Uprising 2 or a sequel to Kirby's Air Ride, but we aren't holding our breath. Sakurai's involvement with E3 will almost certainly be limited to the new Super Smash Bros. game.
We know almost nothing about the new Super Smash Bros. game, except for the fact that the Inklings from Splatoon will be playable and that Link & Mario will be returning to the game, with the former wearing one of his outfits from Breath of the Wild, which suggests the possibility of a few move set.
The biggest remaining question about the new Super Smash Bros. game is whether it is an updated port of the 3DS/Wii U version of the game or whether it is a totally new title. The evidence points more to the former, as it would be almost impossible for a full-fledged Super Smash Bros. title to have finished development within such a short space of time.
The gaming world has been frothing at the mouth for more information of the latest Super Smash Bros. title and the time is almost upon us. Will the new Super Smash Bros. game provide the Nintendo Switch with a much-needed boost to its second-year schedule, or will it be overshadowed by the mass-market appeal of the Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Pokémon Let's Go Eevee titles?
Nintendo's E3 Direct will be held on June 12th.