Nintendo α
The game's English title.
Developer(s) Nintendo, Game Freak, HAL Laboratory, Intelligent Systems
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Distributor(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Masahiro Sakurai, Masaki Yamanaka
Producer(s) Shinya Saito

Masaya Kobayashi

Writer(s) DoodleFox (alias)
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch
Release Date(s)
December 7th, 2017
Age Rating(s)
Genre(s) Crossover fighting game
Series Nintendo
Predecessor NONE
Successor Nintendo Δ
Cost $59.99
"Nintendo α" is a game being developed for the Nintendo Switch by Nintendo, HAL Laboratory, Intelligent Systems, and Game Freak. It will be a crossover between many Nintendo franchises, much like Super Smash Bros. and will kickstart a three part series. This game is said to be "a starting point and will include a variety of Nintendo franchises, ranging from well known ones to lesser known ones.

Story Mode: Luigi and The Gateway



The gameplay will be a lot like J-Stars Victory VS fused with Anarchy Reigns. You fight on a battlefield with terrain that you can destroy certain parts of. You can charge up a meter to unleash a "Totaka Blast," which is a special move that differs for each fighter. Assists are also in the game, but can't be used in Story Mode. Enemies are present in all stages in Story Mode, and can be turned on or off in the other modes.

Certain characters are in certain categories, such as All-Out, Speed, Brawl, Defense, and Technician. These categories determine the power of each characters along with their skills. For example, Mario is All-Out, Donkey Kong is Brawl, Link is Technician, Captain Falcon is Speed, and Samus is Defense. Stats are listed when you choose a character, which show their HP, Attack, Defense, Speed, and their base stat total.

The Joy-Cons are obviously used as the main way to play. The analog sticks are used for moving, along with the right analog stick being used for amiibo support. The arrow buttons are used to navigate menus and such, and can be used as an alternate way for moving in the battlefield. The + and - buttons can be used for pausing, and the HOME button is used to go the Switch's home menu. Finally, the A, B, X, and Y buttons are used to attack enemies and use your attacks in battle. The shoulder button (L, R, ZL, ZR) are used to charge up certain attacks that can do even more damage to your enemies.

Single Joy-Con use is not possible, but every other mode is possible, including Tabletop, Handheld, and TV Mode.


Characters are separated in five different categories: All-Out, Brawl, Technician, Speed, and Defense.

Character Description Weapons


Name: Mario

Series: Super Mario

First Appearance: Donkey Kong (arcade)

Class: All-Out

Mario is a pretty easy to use character overall. He's made to be a guide for teaching the early players the basics of Nintendo α. He isn't too good, but he isn't too bad either. He's a "middle of the road" character.

  • Fireball
  • Mario's Kart
  • Golf Club and Tennis Racket
  • Warp Pipe
  • Cat Bell
  • Super Hammer
Yoshi Smash Bros


Name: Yoshi

Series: Yoshi's Island

First Appearance: Super Mario World (SNES)

Class: Speed

Yoshi is a speedy character who can traverse the battlefields easily. If you want a quicker, bouncier character to help you win, Yoshi is your guy. He can launch eggs, throw them, ground pound, and even eat up to five enemies and either spit them out or swallow them!

  • Egg
  • Metal Egg
  • Giant Egg
  • Ground Pound
  • Swallow
  • Tongue Reach
  • Flutter Kick
  • Yoshi Airplane
SSB4 - Donkey Kong Artwork


Name: Donkey Kong

Series: Donkey Kong Country

First Appearance: Donkey Kong (arcade)

Class: Power

Donkey Kong is a big hulking gorilla from the land of the Northern Kremisphere. Living on Donkey Kong Island, DK loves bananas and his friends. He's very dim-witted, with him being so dense that he isn't able to be hypnotized! However, when it comes to saving his land or his friends, he's no pushover!

  • DK Barrels
  • DK Slap
  • Coconut Gun
  • Slam-N-Pound
  • Rambi Ram
  • Banana Peel Pummel
  • Tiki Tumble
HW Link - Era of Twilight Tunic


Name: Link

Series: The Legend of Zelda

First Appearance: The Legend of Zelda (NES)

Class: Technician



Name: Samus

Series: Metroid

First Appearance: Metroid (NES)

Class: Defense



Name: Fox McCloud

Series: Star Fox

First Appearance: Star Fox (SNES)

Class: Speed


amiibo functionality


amiibo are used in this game. When they're tapped into the game for the first time, they give a new weapon for their respective character. After they're tapped in the next few times, they give you items you can use to buy items and such in game.

Certain variants in amiibo give the character separate items. For example, Dr. Mario will give Mario a bottle of pills, while Gold Mario/Silver Mario will give Mario a coin frisbee.

amiibo Exclusive Item
Amiibo marioAmiibo DrMarioMarAmiibo MarioAmiibo SilverMarioAmiibo GoldMarioAmiibo 8BitMarioModernAmiibo 8BitMarioRetro
  • Koopa Shell (Smash Mario)
  • Power Pills (Dr. Mario)
  • 1-2-3 Dice Block (MP10 Mario)
  • Coin Frisbee (Silver Mario, Gold Mario)
  • Hammer (Modern 8-Bit Mario, Classic 8-Bit Mario)
Amiibo YoshiMarAmiibo YoshiAmiibo YarnYoshiGreenAmiibo YarnYoshiPinkAmiibo YarnYoshiBlueAmiibo YarnYoshiMega
  • Triple Egg Toss (Smash Yoshi)
  • 3-3-3 Dice Block (MP10 Yoshi)
  • Yarn Balls (Yarn Yoshi, Pink Yarn Yoshi, Blue Yarn Yoshi)
  • Big Yarn Balls (Big Yarn Yoshi)
Amiibo DonkeyKongAmiibo SuperMario char09a DonkeyKong2Turbo Charge Donkey KongSkyAmiibo DarkTurboChargeDonkeyKong
  • Kong Bongos (Smash Donkey Kong)
  • Barrel Smash (MPSR Donkey Kong)
  • Barrel Blaster (Turbo Charge Donkey Kong, Dark Turbo Charge Donkey Kong)

Amiibo LinkAmiibo ToonLinkAmiibo WolfLinkAmiibo Zelda E32016 char01 Link(Archer)Amiibo Zelda E32016 char02 Link(Rider)Amiibo8BitLinkAmiiboLinkOcarinaOfTimeAmiiboToonLinkWindWakerAmiibo Link Majora's MaskAmiibo Link Twilight PrincessAmiibo Link Skyward Sword

  • Clawshot (Smash Link)
  • Wind Waker (Smash Toon Link, Toon Link)
  • Wolf Form (Midna and Wolf Link)
  • Ancient Bow (Archer Link)
  • Epona (Rider Link)
  • 8-Bit Sword (8-Bit Link)
  • Song of Storms (Ocarina Link)
  • Goron Mask (Young Link)
  • Gale Boomerang (Twilight Link)
  • Beetle (Skyward Link)
Amiibo SamusAmiibo ZeroSuitSamus
  • Zero Laser (Samus)
  • Grapple Whip (Zero Suit Samus)
Amiibo Fox
  • RC Arwing (Fox)