Is the new Super Smash Bros. game a port or not? This question has been lingering among fans of the franchise since its original announcement at the end of the Nintendo Direct earlier this March. The debate grew even more after Nintendo’s showcase of the newly titled Super Smash Bros. Ultimate during E3 2018. Even after confirmation from Nintendo themselves that the game is indeed not a port, gamers continue to argue about its status of a new game. But frankly, why is it so important to us?

Ports Can Scare Us

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This basically stems down to a consumer level. When a newly announced game is deemed a port, gamers are hesitant on purchasing it. It makes sense when you think about it. Why buy a game that you’ve already played or could easily get for an older system at a cheaper price? Will it have enough new content to draw you in? It’s understandable to be cautious, considering the costs of video games today. Here’s the thing though, in the end, it doesn’t matter how you look at it – this game is going to sell.

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A Good Port Is A Beautiful Thing

It’s not unheard of for a port to be a major success. Take a look at Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze. Both were games from the Wii U era that were brought over to the Switch with a few new features and/or modes, and they sold like hotcakes. If there’s enough content and its fun, a ported game will sell just as well as or even better than its original. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be no exception, especially when you take into account that each iteration of the franchise is basically the same and still brings in more and more fans.

Smash Is Smash

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If you’re a hardcore competitive player, then you’ll clearly notice some differences in mechanics between each installment, but if you’re a casual player, then they’re all essentially no different. The majority of the Super Smash Bros. fan base consists of casual gamers who just want to have good time crushing their friends in a fun brawler game. To them, each game is ultimately a port of the last version with added features – and they probably don’t care.

So in the end, just take this into account the next time you find yourself in this discussion: none of it really matters. Port or not, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will bring the same fun and enjoyment that its predecessors before it did. This, along with the fact that every fighter from every older game will be returning, will just drive fans to buy the game in droves so they can do what they love: smashing.

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