Super Smash Bros. sequel trailer coming next week

By Mike Andronico , Updated Jun 06, 2013 01:07 PM EDT

While we previously mentioned that the next installment in Nintendo's popular Super Smash Bros. series was likely to be revealed at the next Nintendo Direct, it's now official. Fans can look forward to the first official trailer for the long-awaited brawler on June 11 via Nintendo themselves.

Game director Masahiro Sakurai took to twitter to break the news, which gained over 9,000 retweets from devout Nintendo fanatics all over the world. 

"In Nintendo Direct delivery of 23:00, June 11, New video of "Smash Bros." will be unveiled for the first time... Do not miss," read the translated version of the Japanese tweet. 

While this announcement should come as a surprise to no one, Smash Bros. fans are surely eager to finally get a first look at the future of the franchise, which hasn't received a new installment since Super Smash Bros. Brawl in 2008. Little is known about the upcoming fighter, other than the fact that it is being joint-developed by Sora Ltd. and Namco Bandai games and will release for both the 3DS and Wii U. 

Super Smash Bros. is one of Nintendo's most popular and sucessful franchises, and every installment of the game dating back to the N64 original is still being played competitively by hardcore fans. There is currently no release window for the sequel, but its arrival could be the killer app that the Wii U so desperately needs right now. It will also be the first Smash game to simultaneously release for two Nintendo consoles at once, giving Nintendo an opportunity to implement cross-platform play and a new level of interactivity to the franchise.

It also doesn't hurt that Namco is helping helm the game, as their studios are certainly no strangers to digital fisticuffs. While it's highly unlikely that the new Super Smash Bros. will veer away from its core, beginner-friendly mechanics in favor of complex, Tekken-like commands, Namco will likely help ensure that combat remains balanced and smooth.

If you're eager to know just what the new Super Smash Bros. will look and feel like, be sure to tune into Nintendo Direct on June 11, right before E3 takes the gaming world by storm.

Are you excited for a new Smash title? Do you think the fan-favorite fighitng franchise could finally move some Wii U units?

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