Every Super Smash Bros. entry has something to set it apart from the rest. Ultimate's most hyped aspect, which is certainly making it unique among all other Smash games, is that it will feature every playable fighter in the series. In addition, many classic stages are returning. Princess Peach's Castle and Kongo Jungle are making their return after a 17-year absence. With quite a few older stages making a comeback, many fans hoped that along with every playable character in the game, all stages from every Smash game would be featured as well. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case.
Source Gaming has translated a write-up by Famitsu from E3, revealing that not every stage will make a comeback.
The biggest reveal is that not every stage will be returning like every character will be.— Source Gaming (@AllSourceGaming) June 26, 2018
"Not all past stages are going to be in the game but a whole lot of them will." (2) pic.twitter.com/dCM1WAMTkq
Source Gaming does say that because the session was translated, it "introduces the potential for misunderstandings." Even when translating on your own however, Nintendo's statement in the Famitsu article about stages reads, "Not all of the conventional stages will appear, but a lot of them will appear." No matter how you look at it, the fact remains: not every stage will be returning. This will come off as disappointing, but it is important to keep in mind that if the game were to include every stage, the list would go over 100. (That's not even counting stages exclusive to Ultimate, such as Great Plateau Tower and the yet-to-be officially named New Donk City stage seen in Mario's character trailer.) Still, the other fact remains: the game will still have a lot of returning stages. It will also be bringing in some of the 3DS Smash's stages.
Of course, some fan favorite stages will not make the cut. Fountain of Dreams, a favorite from Melee, has yet to be seen, as well as Brinstar Depths. There is still time for these to be announced, but it is good to know now that some stages will not be returning. With plenty of older stages, there should be a diverse enough set for longtime players. In non-stage related news, the official Smash Bros. site confirmed that Sukapon from the Japanese game Joy Mech Fight will be an Assist Trophy.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be released on December 7th.