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Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U Powers Up with Namco

Posted by James Newton

Dream team in place

We weren't expecting news on Super Smash Bros. today, but Nintendo surprised us with the revelation that Namco Bandai staff are working on the Wii U and 3DS game.

While series supremo Masahiro Sakurai will still direct the new instalments, top staff from Namco Bandai will pitch in too: Masaya Kobayashi has pledged his "best staff" to make Mr Sakurai proud. Namco staff include Tales series producer Yoshito Higuchi, Tetsuya Akatsuka from Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs., the art and sound directors from the SoulCalibur series and many of the staff responsible for Tekken.

Namco Bandai has already produced a prototype that "looks pretty good" according to Sakurai, who also had a personal message for fans eagerly awaiting news on the new Super Smash Bros. games.

Hello, I’m Masahiro Sakurai, the director of the Super Smash Bros. series.

It’s my personal belief that the only time a creative product really resonates is in that first moment when it’s actually in front of you.

With that said, I’ve realised that if we keep the new Super Smash Bros. title’s development structure secret, it’ll only create more and more speculation, and I won’t be able to develop the game with any freedom. That’s why I’ve decided to announce this news right now, even though it’s still very early on.

I would love to provide more information, but for now, I’m going to stay quiet until I have something solid to show you.

The project has just gotten started. Bear in mind that not only are we developing two titles simultaneously, but we announced the project before we even started actual development, so I’m afraid we will likely have to keep you waiting for quite a while. Please be patient.

Currently, the prototype prepared by NAMCO BANDAI Games and NAMCO BANDAI Studio’s special team looks pretty good, and it’s working great. In order to take advantage of the fact that there will be versions for two different systems, and to maximise and offer fun new gameplay elements, the entire team is going to work hard together. Thank you.


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KLZ said:

We'll be probably seeing namco characters in the new game as well!



Expa0 said:

I'll stab someone if they decide to add some crappy tales characters into this.



StarDust4Ever said:

Since this is Namco we are talking about, hopefully, they add Pacman as a playable character. That would be epic awesome!



Malkeor said:

Please be mostly Nintendo PLEASEEEEE

I wanna see alittttle more 3rd party guys though, especially some tales NOT leave out Lloyd from ToS



Emaan said:

I feel better about this, now that I remember they worked on Tekken. However all these possible added third party characters I don't care for. We shouldn't forget that Super Smash Bros. is all about Nintendo characters.



StarDust4Ever said:

Oh yeah, Pacman will be a playable character, Pac Ghosts, Dig Dug and Galaga/Galaxian could be used as assist items in battle as a homage to Namco's legacy.



luminalace said:

Maybe we won't have to wait until 2016 after all? I consider this positive news even though a 3rd party will handle most of the development because Sakurai will still be in charge!



Einherjar said:

I cant really say that im happy with this... I hope that it will still be "Smash Bros" and not "Tales of Nintendo X Tekken - DLC Costume Edition"...
Im a little afraid to be honest...



Shock_Tart said:

i could see a few companies that would be a better choice. having namco in this kind of worries me. honestly i would have been happier if capcom were in it instead of namco.



Highwinter said:

Considering there hasn't been a good Tekken or Soulcalibur game in years, this is pretty worrying. I also really do not want to see the game filled with stupid guest characters from hundreds of Namco franchises.

Leave it at Pac-man and Heihachi, please.



LavaTwilight said:

PacMan will be awesome, if only to see him and Mario go at it on one of their retro stages! Hopefully they won't have too many of their characters infiltrating just as it was only Sonic and Snake to make an appearance in SSBB.

I still wana see Simon Belmont though but it looks like that possibility is quickly fading...



NintyMan said:

I wasn't expecting any news on Super Smash Bros. 4 at all, so I was thrilled to see that "challenger approaching!" screen pop up. With the Soul Calibur and Tekken teams helping with this, I feel better about the development and it appears that Sakurai will get his big team after all. That means that maybe we won't have to wait many years until the games release.

One thing that concerns me, though, is that now everybody's going to suggest a boatload of Namco characters to be in the roster. I'm fine with a couple, but anything more than two and that would be stretching the concept of Super Smash Bros. as a Nintendo slugfest. Don't go overboard if you must add third-party characters, please.



Whopper744 said:

Might have to look into some Namco (does Pacman count? ) characters and stuff. Not too familiar. Should be great though!



MegaAdam said:

They really should NOT have announced this before it was in production. Keep it in your pants, Iwata.



Tomatoboxer said:

The art director from Soul Calibur is going to be involves in the new model of Samus?
I'm getting really worried about this...



WingedSnagret said:

I'm actually kinda happy about this. With more people working on this, development will speed up. Who knows, maybe we'll even see a actual trailer come next E3.



Cevan said:

I've got a good feeling we'll be seeing Pacman as a new playable character.



LegendaryQ said:

I... think they'll do well to Smash Bros. I trust that they'll make another great entry to the series.



SilverBaretta said:

Great! Hopefully this'll ease the load on Sakurai a bit, he's probably being worked ragged to get the project going. Would be cool if there was a few Namco guest characters in there, too, I would love to have some Tales in my Smash Bros.



Onett said:

This is just another sign that Nintendo is stretching themselves thin. They always need some kind of 3rd party help with developing anything these days. As awful as it sounds, we can probably expect to see Tales of (insert name here), and Klonoa characters. The only thing keeping my spirits high is the fact that Project Sora is involved.



shonenjump86 said:

Cool... I actually want more 3rd party characters in Smash Bros. Can't wait to see what Namco does with this.



KonaShiner said:

Whoops, I read the title wrong and thought it was about new power ups for the game. >.>



WesCash said:

This does have me a little concerned. New characters, stages, and items related to Namco franchises would definitely be cool, but I don't want Nintendo giving away control of Smash Bros to a 3rd Party.

Smash Bros. is arguably Nintendo's most important modern franchise. They cannot afford to screw it up in the slightest.



grimbldoo said:

Hopefully they keep the Namco characters to a minimum, pac-man and dig dug would just be cheesy.



Obvious78 said:

Hahahahaha And there we have Sony with their limked version of the Super Smash Bros series called "Something something battle royale". Poor Sony....



Rapadash6 said:

My only hope is that working with Namco/Bandai will speed up the development process. I have high hopes that we will catch our first glimpse of these games early next year, with a release either late 2013 or early 2014 for both systems.



retro_player_22 said:

@Nick-Clegg Snake and Sonic was never intend to be in Super Smash Bros. Brawl to begin with. They were merely included only cuz of begging from Hideo Kojima and the fans. Kojima wanted Snake in the game, since Snake was able to be included, the fans demands Sonic. Since Nintendo allowed Snake they had to allowed Sonic as well.

@Hyperstar96 Just because Namco Bandai is developing the game doesn't mean it'll be any different from what HAL Lab and Game Art did with Melee and Brawl, Sakurai himself is still supervising the game so it'll still be a good Smash Bros. title.



misswliu81 said:

i'd much rather see nintendo team up with sega for smash bros over namco. they have sonic, tails, shadow, raphael from rhythm thief, beat from jet set radio, akira and pai chan or jacky from virtua fighter, ulala from space channel 5 and bayonetta- characters who i see can fit into the smash bros universe.



CommanderAudio said:

Dig Dug joins the brawl!
Luke Fon Fabre joins the brawl!
Klonoa joins the brawl!

Please make it happen, Namco



Xjarnold said:

Shadow the Hedgehog joins the brawl!
Sackboy joins the brawl!



Malkeor said:

For characters, sure that's a fair preference, but their development track record is scary.
I would not want them to have a big role in such a huge and important game.

I'm already nervous about Namco, but with Sakurai and his team still at the helm, I think things will be okay.



grimbldoo said:

@IAmNotWill #62
I have to agree with you, Namco characters don't seem appropriate for Super Smash, maybe the tales characters could fit, but I think they would just have the same type of move set as the fire emblem characters.



WingedSnagret said:

I like many others would love to see Pac-Man with a like themed stage. But other then him I just want Nintendo. And maybe bring back at least one or two melee characters. cough Roy cough



lanabanana said:

I wish Princess Rosalina was a playable character... Anyway, I can't wait for this game to come out!



misswliu81 said:

@Malkeor i understand completely. yes, the secondary non-nintendo characters mustn't overshadow the likes of mario, link, kirby and samus.

sega is my favourite games company after nintendo and i feel they have more interesting and slightly more well-known characters than namco bandai. even if they do have an inconsistent track record of hit titles.



Henmii said:

Namco-Bandai working on it...that was pretty unexpected! Hopefully they know what they are doing, graphics and gameplay wise! We will see!



UnseatingKDawg said:

Namco-Bandai? Sweet! Hopefully Pac-Man and the Dig-Dug guy will get in on the fun. Not likely, but I can hope!



EarthboundBenjy said:

Tales characters already play kind of like SSB characters in their own games.

Neutral B - DEMON FANG

etc. etc.

I can totally see it happening.



Azikira said:

I am extremely terrified of this news... I don't want the new smash bros to be a flop...



Hetsumani said:

Namco Bandai? Does that mean Mario vs Goku? Or Pacman? Or Sophitia? Or Godzilla? Maybe a Soul Calibur weapon version for every character? or...or... -has seizure-



Nintenbro said:

@warnerdan, maybe Nintendo and Namco should bring a hault to the production of the 3DS version, because you just don't care about it. Vain much?

I'd love to see some cross-platform WiFi connection happen here, with Miiverse coming into the big picture soon. Maybe some AR card and near field technology features as well, but I'm not sure if that would end up being a bad or a good thing.



Lew3107 said:

I hope they don't make it Namco X Nintendo because I will not buy that. Keep Pac-Man the hell out of this game! If they just develop it and have no say in the roster, that's fine. But if they take all the 3rd party slots for themselves with Pac-Man, Tekken or Tales of characters then this will be the first Smash Bros I do not own.



Lew3107 said:

The only thing I'm excited for Namco to do is the online portion of the game as they have loads of experience with online fighters. Besides that, I would've been more than happy to wait double the time for Nintendo to work alone than to collaborate with Namco. Don't get me wrong, they make good games, they're just not the company I'd want on SSB.



misswliu81 said:

both smash bros and soul calibur series are 2 different fighting games

i remembered that on the gamecube version of soul calibur 2 made by namco that came out all those years ago, link from the legend of zelda was a playable character. so for that reason alone and having had some experience in using a nintendo character in a fighting game, that perhaps namco can pull it off.



geneon101 said:

i hope that link is in it
def going to get this if you can play with others online even if they arent on your friend list



Tallion said:

ok I'm noticing that everyone has seemed to overlook the fact the Namco Bandai owns the rights to...... DIGIMON! DIGIMON fighting against POKEMON! that would be AMAZING!



theperson said:

PACMAN punching Mario in the face = WOOP!!

Hope it doesnt end up too much like tekken which is a good game but theyre different and should stay so



SomeBitTripFan said:

Hmm... I don't know for sure if this will be good but, at least Namco has plenty of experience with some form of Fighter game although not SSB. I'm fine with a few (meaning 2) Tales, Tekken, and Soul Caliber characters being in this game and I am hoping for a Mappy stage.



M3t3lMnM said:

I know pac mans Special move he turns every one blue and trys to eat them probably not sure

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