No, the Super Smash Bros for Switch ‘Leak’ Isn’t Real

Fake Mario vs Bowser Jr Image

Yesterday, a few images were posted that appeared to show a new Smash Bros game. This game (which would supposedly be on both 3DS and Switch) was apparently going to have a stage based on the Paper Mario series, as well as the return of character specific target tests and a multiplayer version of Smash Run.

You can see these images here:

Fake Mario vs Bowser Jr Image

Fake Target Test Image

Fake Smash Run Image 1

Fake Smash Run Image 2

As you can tell, it looks pretty good for a Smash Bros game. However, there’s just one problem.

It’s not real. The leak isn’t real, the images aren’t real and this isn’t what Super Smash Bros for Switch is going to be like. Why? Well for a multitude of reasons, all of which can be heard in this video by our friends at Source Gaming:

If you need a short summary, well it basically comes down to the following issues:

  1. Bowser Jr is named as such in what’s supposedly a Japanese name. This is unlikely given his name in Japan is always given as Koopa Jr
  2. The target test image has dodgy shadows around Yoshi, showing what appears to be image manipulation in Photoshop.
  3. The screenshots use the Smash For 3DS models and textures for all characters. This is unlikely in a series like Smash, where characters get redesigned for each installment.

There are also comments from other people in the gaming industry (like the folks at GoNintendo and GameXplain) where they say their own sources think the images are fake and don’t line up with what they’ve heard in the past.

As a result, this Smash Bros ‘leak’ is very unlikely to be real, and shouldn’t be taken seriously going forward. There’s just too much ‘off’ about it really.

But still, what do you think about this? Do you agree the leak looks fake? Or do you still think it could be legitimate for some reason?

Post your thoughts here or on social media today!


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