Nintendo has regularly supported Super Smash Bros. Ultimate since the game’s launch a few months back, making balance changes, running special in-game events, and even adding a new character in the form of Piranha Plant. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is set to add even more new characters in the future, but there’s a chance it could be adding brand new game modes as well.
While this hasn’t been confirmed or denied by Nintendo, dataminers have discovered evidence that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate could be bringing back two fan favorite game modes. References to both Home Run Contest and Stage Builder have been found in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s game files, meaning that they could very well be in the works for the game.
Alternatively, it’s possible that Home Run Contest and Stage Builder were planned for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but didn’t make the cut. Like with most other video games, it’s likely that some ideas and planned features for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate were scrapped for the sake of getting the game ready for launch day, even with Sakurai using an IV drip so that he could keep working on the game unimpeded.
For those who may not know, Home Run Contest is a popular mode that has appeared in most games in the Super Smash Bros. series. The concept of the mode is to hit a bag as far as possible by first dealing a ton of damage to it. Beating offline and online high scores is a highlight of Home Run Contest, and past games even had some unlockable content tied to it.
Stage Builder, meanwhile, is as its name suggests. In the past, Super Smash Bros. players were able to create their very own custom stages using some creation tools, but this feature doesn’t return in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The game has over 100 stages to choose from, so some may not miss the mode, but the more creative types would no doubt want to see it added back to the game.
Whether Stage Builder or Home Run Contest come back to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is anyone’s guess. At the time of writing, all we know for sure that Nintendo has in store for the crossover fighting game is new characters, with Persona 5‘s Joker next in line.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is out now, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.