Rumors have been circling the web that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would be adding a Stage Builder mode since the game's launch, and we finally have more evidence.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is getting its 3.0 update this month. What it will include is a mystery, but Joker will likely be added to the game. A heavily rumored inclusion is Stage Builder mode, a feature that was surprisingly absent from Ultimate's launch. Last month, a data mine seemed to reveal that Stage Builder (as well as Home-Run Contest) was in the game's code. Now, Nintendo may have confirmed that Stage Builder is indeed coming to the game.
In a recent commercial for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo showcased the "Games & More" part of the menu. It's brief, but you can see an icon for Stage Builder. Below is the full advert, followed by a screen grab:
The wording is clearly Stage Builder, and it features the Stage logo. It appears that the commercial is showing the game running on the upcoming 3.0 update. It is strange that no one at Nintendo seemed to have caught the Stage Builder part of the video, as Sakurai has demonstrated to be heavily against leaks. It's also possible that Nintendo knew about this, and released the advert for eagle-eyed fans to build anticipation for the 3.0 update.
Stage Builder first appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. For the first time, players could create their own areas for battle. You could choose between three backgrounds and utilize different objects for platforms. You could even use ladders, spikes, and slippery ice blocks.
Stage Builder then returned in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. It greatly expanded on Brawl's Stage Builder. Although Wii U got rid of some features, you could now choose from five different backgrounds. The greatest aspect was being able to utilize the stylus to draw the platforms yourself. This led to some unique stage creations, two of which you can see below:
With Ultimate being the biggest Smash experience, it's possible that the new Stage Builder will bring back every aspect of the previous versions. Although we shouldn't expect in-depth level creation as in the upcoming Super Mario Maker 2, we should be able to create some fantastic battle arenas. However, Stage Builder has not been officially confirmed yet, and Nintendo has not commented commercial. If the mode is indeed on its way, we'll likely see it when the 3.0 update goes live this month.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available for Nintendo Switch.