After an amazing showing at E3, it’s easy to latch onto the “Everyone is here!” message for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The next big thought is probably “What about every stage ever?” Recent comments suggest that just won’t be the case, and it’s probably good to start tempering some of those expectations.
“Not all past stages are going to be in the game but a whole lot of them will,” said Bill Trinen in an interview with Famitsu, translated by Source Gaming. That’s about as much of a confirmation as you can get. Most of the work in this game is going into the characters, and while many past stages are being redesigned, not all of them will be returning.
Some stages are perhaps fairly obvious exclusions, including the defunct Miiverse stage. It was just a Battlefield with an art gimmick in the background (and let’s face it, that was probably a moderation nightmare). Previous versions of Final Destination and Battlefield are likely off the table as well, visually speaking of course. Pyrosphere is currently absent, and is likely to remain so as the correctly sized Ridley would be redundant with the new playable Ridley. Alfonzo will also be unlikely capable of filling that role while Ridley is on the stage.
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So far intrepid investigators have concluded there are roughly 75 confirmed stages, gathered from clips in related videos and screenshots on the official Super Smash Bros. site. It’s safe to say there will be no shortage of stages, especially with Battlefield and Omega forms of every one. There’s also likely brand new stages to come, adding to the announced Sheikah Tower stage from Breath of the Wild. And let’s not forget that stages have some sort of ability to toggle off the more pesky hazards, though we don’t have many details on that as of yet.
If you’re excited for Smash, feel free to check out our thoughts on the game, and let’s all pray that Pac-Land never sees the light of day again.