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New Super Smash Bros. Is a 'Big Priority' for Namco

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Roster decisions a way off

The game may still be a fair bit away, with the only publicly shown development being a whiteboard sketch, but the next entry in the Super Smash Bros. series is, it's safe to assume, high on the hype lists of a lot of Nintendo gamers. It's the ultimate fan-service franchise, so it's only natural to want to know as much as possible about the Wii U and 3DS title, even at this early stage.

It's perhaps the collaboration between Project Sora and Namco Bandai that's most intriguing, as the title will have the direction of Masahiro Sakurai and his team alongside a major third-party. For those unsure of how big a priority this title is for Namco Bandai, Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada clarified the planned role of the wider company and his specific team in an interview with NowGamer.

Obviously it’s a big priority for the company, so company-wide there are a lot of people involved with that particular project. Not just from Tekken but a lot of our franchises.

Although our main core staff is busy with Tekken Tag tournament 2 and trying to finish that up, I do think we’ll support the initiative in some kind of capacity.

The subject of the character roster was also raised, an area where Sakurai recently stated that a priority was a change of direction for the series, rather than simply inflating the number of fighters. The inclusion of Namco Bandai characters is clearly a possibility, however, though Harada struck a cautious tone.

That question was one of the most frequently asked questions we got when we announced the project. Especially from abroad.

The fans, rather than asking about Tales or Gundam, or some of our other franchises, the fans abroad saw Tekken as one of the key words and took off on that.

We’re not really sure at this moment but when thinking of the playerbase who is playing Smash Bros, maybe Tekken characters is something they wouldn’t want, so I’ve been pulling back on that a bit. But I don’t know.

It's interesting to hear about the seemingly large-scale commitment from Namco Bandai; the potential inclusion of some of its characters is, we're sure, something to get the opinions flowing.


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RR529 said:

I like that they're showing this commitment. Also smart when he said he'd hold off on a Tekken character for now, because he's not sure if the Smash fanbase would like that. Personally, I think Pac-Man would be the best choice to represent them in Smash (I'd love a Tales character as well, but I'd understand if it doesn't happen).



RVN said:

they've got already fox representing them, don't they?



NImH said:

Smash Bros has officially gone off the rails.
I expect to see some NickToons battling in this next installment.



FonistofCruxis said:

I'd love to see ToS and/or TotA represented in it. On the website that this thread linked to, I nominated 4 characters from Symphonia and 4 from Abyss even though there will probably only be one Tales of character in it if there are any but the ones I nominated were Lloyd, Kratos, Sheena and Genis from ToS and Luke, Tear, Guy and Jade from TotA. Then again, Genis might not work that well in smash bros.



SuperSinSlayer77 said:

I'm happy to hear that Namco is dedicated to the new Super Smash Bros and being considerate of which of their characters makes it in the new game. Overall, I can't wait to hear and see what comes from Namco Bandai and Project Sora!



Malkeor said:

You gotta make it Nintendo majority...and including fighters from 1 on 1 fighters like Tekken seem really weird.
I do like how they are actually thinking about it and not wanting to just flood the roster with their IP.

Jeez I reallllly hope this does well...



Gold_Ranger said:

A Power Ranger has a TON of built in odd moves and weapons.
it would be great to have one in the game.
With Bandai working on the game, i could see it happening



Nardar said:

I don't mind a couple from Namco but I hope the majority is Nintendo. I have been worried about this game ever sense Namco was mentioned. It is going to be hard to top Melee or Brawl though so will see.



craigmoss19 said:

I'd love to see a Soul Calibur character in there. A tales character would be quite suitable but I'm not sure if Tekken characters would fit in right.



Moonhillwat said:

I want Amigo from Samba de Amigo. Don't really care if we're getting Capcom characters or not.



ArcanaXVI said:

I desire one character from Namco, and one character only: KOS-MOS.

Seeing as Nintendo now effectively owns the Xeno- franchise, Shulk and Fiora could be cool, too.



Luffymcduck said:

If Pac Man isn´t in it, I´m happy. I never could take that character seriously, it looks so stupid.



Sean_Aaron said:

I've never played a game in this series, but given the Wii U's online capabilities I've decided this will be the one to get my toe in. Namco has always been one of my favourite Japanese developers, but I'm into the old-school arcade scene and aside from Pac-Man there's a load of classic characters to choose from.

If they are going to have more than one from Namco in the roster then Mr. Driller should definitely be there. I agree that pure-play fighters from series like Tekken and Soul Calibur might be a bit much. I mean if Capcom did this I doubt people would want to see it become Nintendo Vs. Street Fighter, right?



BLUlink said:

I think they should put in Neru for The World Ends With You. That would be awesome.



-KwB- said:

Let us hope it stays High Priority and please take your time !! I'd rather see a perfect finished game one year later than a quickly made game that could've been great .. please Namco don't screw up .. xD



Cloud-San-VII said:

Man, I hope:

  • Square Enix
  • Sega
  • Capcom
  • Ubisoft
  • Nippon Ichi
    can help, pitch in, and/or have some of their own characters. I didn't want to mention any others because it would be too 3rd party based instead of 1st party.


GamecubeMan said:

GOOD! They could mess up the whole Smash Bros Fanbase if they steer it too far away from the core. Just make sure it feels and plays like Smash Bros and you got my money



shonenjump86 said:

I wouldn't mind a Tekken character at all since I like both Tekken and Smash Bros. Tekken a lot more though.



NintyMan said:

Keep this a Nintendo bash as much as possible. It's a good thing that they're cautious about adding any of their characters. If it came down to it, they could add a couple, but not too many. All Namco-Bandai should really focus on is helping Sora with the development of the games' tech so it wouldn't take too many years to release. Sakurai needed a big team to work on the games at a productive pace, and he got it with Namco-Bandai's help, so they need to do all they can and with their best effort.



Zak_Canard said:

If there was one character from the Namcoverse that would be a perfect fit for Smash, it'd be Taizo "Dig Dug" Hori.



Stuffgamer1 said:

Tekken is, indeed, something I do not want. I don't think it should've been included in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, so there's no WAY I want it in Smash. I thing the guy from Tales of Symphonia would be a logical choice (even though I don't personally care about the Tales series) since it was a Nintendo exclusive game, and I still doubt we'll escape without Pac-Man in tow.



TheConsiglio said:

Who cares about a tales series character, I want Tails from sonic 06' and Pac-Man since he is Namco Bandai's Mascot.



Neram said:

No Tekken characters, no Gundam (definitely not) and no Tales characters please. Pac-Man makes sense, that must happen.



SilverBaretta said:

No Tekken for me, but two or three Tales characters would be kinda cool and fit well enough, imo. I don't even want to know what kind of licensing hell would have to be experienced in order for them to put anything Gundam-related in, though.



GeminiSaint said:

Klonoa would be a perfect fit for Smash Bros.
That said, I would be very surprised if Pacman isn't included.



bezerker99 said:

I'm sure this is Top Priority for Sony as well. They have to make a sequel to PlayStation All-Stars later on down the road.



LordJumpMad said:

I hate to be that guy but, I don't like any of namco's characters .
Thier all pretty much dull.
Capcom would have been a better fit, but I hope they don't over do it with the 3rd paries.



Kaeobais said:

We can all guarantee that Pac Man will be playable, which I must say I'd quite like. I'm happy to hear Namco seems to actually care about this project and isn't just doing it for the cash.



Nevergreen said:

Same here JumpMad. Namco's characters wouldn't really mesh well with Nintendo characters. Aside from Pac Man, they're not ....iconic(?) enough. I can deal with some Wakka Wakka in Smash, but nothing more than that. UNLESS they cameo as assist trophies. That would be fine.



Gridatttack said:

I really hope they don't mess up the character roster. And a tekken character would be doesn't combine to the nintendo characters. They could work if they could be assist trophies, but a main character, no.



JohnPhilipSousa said:

@LordJumpMad Admit it. We all know you love to be that guy. I agree with that though. Pacman would be alright, and maybe some assist trophy nods, but that should be it. I miss Brawl...



ajcismo said:

Would love to see Dig Dug as a character in this, the spear and pump would be way cool and give us old time gamers a bit of nostalgic love.
Pac-Man would be neat too, but hopefully they'll take it one step further and include Ms, baby, and some ghosts just for fun and to be different.
And just about anyone from the Tales series. Except maybe Lloyd Irving since he'd probably play way too much like Link.
A little Mappy maybe?



sinalefa said:

If Namco puts one, several, a ton or no characters of theirs at all, you will always hear someone complaining. I don't see why the fact that they are working on it should automatically mean they will have a say in the roster. Sakurai is still in charge, and that is all that matters to me.



WingedSnagret said:

Just add Pacman, maybe Lloyd, and then keep everything else Nintendo. But it is very nice to have all this extra help working on the game. While I don't want it to be rushed, I would like to see it before several years have flown by...



MasterGraveheart said:

I'd like to see Lloyd and Sheena from Tales of Symphonia make the cut... and have a subtle romance hint in it too. XD



FJOJR said:

Some Namco stars like PacMan or those from the Tales series are good. Tekken isn't a series that hasn't been seen much on Nintendo consoles so hopefully they don't fill up the roster with more than 2 characters. Wishing that Sonic and Snake make another appearance along with some more Sega, Konami, and Capcom characters. The game will cost a lot to produce but has the potential to make that up FAST.



TimboBaggins said:

I don't think Tekken would work with this franchise. I never thought Solid Snake did either. When Sonic was added, it made a lot of sense to me. They should think more along those lines. To me, an obvious addition would be Pac Man, the digger from Dig Dug, and maybe a Galaga themed level. I think with the button mechanics of Tekken and Smash Bros being so different, people might be disappointed with a simplified version of fighters from that franchise.



amri_rizqi said:

I want Digimon to fight those Pikachu or pokemon related Characters .... anyway, i wonder if Namco bandai would create cross over between Digimon and Pokemon. just wondering



AntiGuy said:

No Tekken characters for the love of God! I don't mind Tales characters, in fact, I'd like to see one or two Tales characters, Yuri and Estelle would be perfect, but Tekken? no...



Ryoga said:

"Room for some more?" -Sure is room for way more!
And just by the fact that this generation is more about wi-fi play, 30 characters wouldn't be enough for all people over the world.



LavaTwilight said:

Tekken is Tekken and that's fine but SSB is SSB and they should stay that way! - Seperate. Even if you argue they're two sides of the same coin... the two sides won't ever intergrate so neither should the games.
I think it's pretentious to assume this game is "officially off the rails" when it's only JUST begun development (literally just begun...) - I couldnt see how Melee could be bettered but it was. Everyone has their own characters they'd like to see and not all of them will be included. I feel that Snake and Sonic were a bit of a novelty to be included and the series really can't go overboard with 3rd party characters. 2 was fine and maybe with the reinclusion of sonic then 2 more but let's not go overboard!
Simon Belmont for the win



Lew3107 said:

Tekken or SoulCalibur characters don't make sense in SSB, I don't see why other fighting games would be represented in SSB. Plus, the characters in SSB have to be relevant to Nintendo, right? Tekken has only had 2 games, SC has only had 1; that's not really relevant if you ask me. If any Namco character will be in, it's either (unfortunately) Pac-Man, as he's Namco's mascot, or Lloyd, since Tales of Symphonia is probably the most recognized of the Tales games on Nintendo consoles. Hopefully, other companies can have characters in the game too, I hope Namco aren't too uptight with that. Hopefully Megaman, Isa and maybe Professor Layton in the 3DS version, can join the almost inevitable Sonic, Snake and Pac-Man.



GazPlant said:

I really hope this collab doesn't mean we get Namco characters in the game. Look what happened to Mario Sports Mix with Square...



grimbldoo said:

To all of the people jumping around yelling "Pac-Man!", you should stop hitting your head on the ceiling 'cause that may be what's clouding your judgment. What can he possible bring to SSB? Won't his smash attacks be along the lines of swallowing people, which Kirby, DDD ,and Wario already do? A pac-man stage or assist trophy would be fine, but Nintendo said themselves that they are focusing more on adding to the game rather than just adding characters.



grimbldoo said:

@TheKingofTown #60
Not really, Tekken is too serious (I know Metal Gear is, but it's not a fighting game in itself) while Tales characters are cartoony enough, and they already have their own move set that can work with SSB.



Onett said:

It will be a decision between Klonoa (He has the Pac Man pin in his cap) and Lloyd I'm sure. I'm sure Lloyd will likely win the popular vote and represent Namco 'IF' they are allowed to include a character. Now only if Megaman had a chance to appear and represent Capcom. Too bad any begging done by Keiji Inafune will do him no good.



NintendoLand said:

Please PEOPLE! Use common sense!!


The general public does NOT want or Care for less popular IP's. Namco will NOT place all their characters in Smash Bros. You guys selfishly want to see the characters that you think are cool. Well reality check: people will only want to see Pac Man. sorry.

Don't hold your breath for less popular characters like Klonoa or Tales Series characters. And don't be surprised if Sonic makes a comeback while Soul Calibur characters are absent.

I HONESTLY think we will see, ALL Nintendo characters, with the exception of Sonic, Pac-Man and maybe Simon Belmont and even Snake.

Geez feels like 2006 all over again when people were requesting Tales and even Toad for the roster .........




@NintendoLand You have the correct premise, but what you're saying isn't true. Yes, if only one Namco character is in, it will be Pac-Man; not because people want him, but because he is Namco's mascot. I don't really want him, Lew3107 doesn't want him, and grimbldoo doesn't want him, and NintendoLife is a relatively small community, go figure. You say people selfishly want characters that are cool, and I agree, the only characters that should be in the game are ones relevant to Nintendo's success, but you go on to ask for Simon Belmont. He was on the NES Castlevania's, but where was Castlevania on Wii? A budget spin-off. Where is it on 3DS? A budget spin-off. Where is it on Wii U? It isn't. You can't say you think Castlevania is important in Nintendo's present or future, and it wasn't exactly a system seller on any of the past systems, you just think he's cool. And Konami already have a rep in Snake.

The only Namco character will be Pac-Man. I doubt Lloyd will make it; there's only two games he's in and the Tales series isn't as popular as Pac-Man. I doubt Nintendo want to be inundated with Namco characters; if there's a sequel and Namco don't work on it, will all their characters stay if there are a lot? IMO, the most likely 3rd party characters to be added are Mega Man; he's the most requested character, and he appeared in over 30 games on Nintendo systems (really, search it up). Isa; after Saki was in SSBB, everyone said he fit perfectly, and should've been playable, and Isa is the updated character from Sin & Punisment 2 (and Sin & Punishment is a Nintendo exclusive franchise). Professor Layton; he doesn't really fight, but he has one of Nintendo's most important portable franchises, and appeals to a wide range of people. And Rayman; Ubisoft's dedication to the Wii U could possibly be rewarded, Rayman is Ubisoft's mascot and has contributed to Nintendo consoles greatly. People asking for Ms Pac-Man, Pac-Man ghosts, Dig-Dug, Digimon, Klonoa, Katamari characters, or more SEGA and Konami characters, get over it, it won't happen. And the guy that wants a Power Ranger? SMH.



lanabanana said:

I just want Princess Rosalina... XD
Also, what if we could play as our Mii characters? That would be so cool!!!



MeloMan said:

There's no doubt in my mind Pac-Man will be there. I actually expect the Kazama family trio (no less than Jin) to be in the game considering they're the stars of the Tekken show, and well, different style of fighter or not, I don't see why they can't adjust for the SSB scene. I mean honestly, there's characters past and present that either had no style or shouldn't have fit the SSB fighting style and poof, they work. Despite Sonic being in SSBB, I would've never thought a character of Snake's caliber would've been in the game, but... there ya go.

Flat out, Pac-Man and Jin Kazama FTW as far as Namco characters go. Whatever they do after that, so be it



TimboBaggins said:

@ NintendoLand
Actually I think Klonoa would be a pretty appropriate addition, I didn't think of that one. But noone from Soul Calibur or Tekken will be in it, the fight mechanics (and the art style) are just way too different



TimboBaggins said:

BTW....I'm confused, how would Simon Belmont be included in the game? Isn't the Castlevania brand owned by Konami? That would be an awesome addition, but I don't see what that has to do with Namco (unless I'm way behind the times and don't know that Namco bought out Konami or something).



FyreeTSG said:

Pacman, Galaga, Dig Dug, Mappy, Soul Calibur--

Nightmare would kick a** in the game...



shredmeister said:

Hey, the Japanese arcade version of Mario Kart has Pac-man as a playable character...I'm missing out.


I know Super Smash Bros. Brawl wasn't developed by Konami or Sega, but they still included Solid Snake and Sonic the Hedgehog as unlockable characters. Of course they need permission to have Simon Belmont as a character, but it's definitely do-able.



evilmrbeaver said:

I would love to see Namco's Pac-Man, Dig Dug and Yoshimitsu. Konami's Solid Snake, Classic Simon Belmont and Frogger. Capcom's Mega Man, Radd Spencer and Arthur. UbiSoft's Rayman, Classic Prince of Persia and Jade. Square's Moogle... How about make it Smash Brothers Invitational and have all game companies pick two or three characters to put in there as DLC



carnage2211 said:

all i want is mega man ( i know hes capcom) but i think some soul calibur characters would be nice like nightmare or seigfreid they could be like ike and have a big honking sword like ike



dizzy_boy said:

jusf by the fact that they`re working on the game should allow namco atleast a couple of characters from there IP`s.
i hope they really change things up on the new smash game, it seemed to me to the brawl was just a clone of melee and didn`t really add anything new, except for the online mode.
besides, jumping around and button mashing gets really boring, really quickly, so a new direction for the game would be good for the series if it wants to keep going.



Henmii said:

Tekken characters could be fun, as long as they don't turn the game into Tekken! I mean, that would not be right!!

As for the Namco Bandai characters in general: People keep shouting Tales characters! Okay that could be fun, but what about Pacman (it's almost a given), or Klonoa, or Red Savarin, or Soul Calibur characters?! It's all possible and it all could work if done right! I never expected Snake to work (in SSBB), and it worked too!!



OptometristLime said:

@Janett Rosalina, now that would be a fun choice!
Personally, I think Tales characters are horrible (though the games are of the highest quality) and should stay out of Smash Bros.
With one caveat: Collette from Tales of Symphonia would be hilarious, if they spun her moves towards the clumsy like Wario or Luigi are in Brawl.

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