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Masahiro Sakurai Did Consider Smash Bros. For Previous Handhelds

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

"We purely didn’t have the opportunity"

The upcoming 3DS release of Super Smash Bros. has — despite its HD brethren being lined up for Wii U — been attracting plenty of attention. Not only does it mean that the latest entry in the hugely attractive franchise will be available to owners of both of Nintendo's current gaming systems, but it'll be the first of the series to be available on a portable device.

The prospect of having a few brawls while on the go is sure to appeal to plenty of eager Nintendo gamers, but in a recent interview with GamesTM magazine Masahiro Sakurai has stated that it was a possibility considered in the past; unfortunately a lack of opportunity and viable technology held the idea back.

It’s not that I haven’t wanted to – I thought about it, I did. To be honest, we purely didn’t have the opportunity, it just never came up. And also, to speak freely, if you look at a handheld device preceding anything before the GBA, I don’t know that it would have the capabilities to fully realize Smash Bros.

Sakurai's comment regarding the Game Boy Advance seems reasonable, as it was a portable that could produce decent fighters — see Street Fighter Alpha 3: Upper — but its Game Boy predecessors would have lacked the horsepower to do it justice; the DS family of systems may have been capable too, of course. Yet the 3DS seems like an ideal fit, as it has the ability to render quality 3D models in line with the look that the series has developed, and will hopefully also accommodate strong multiplayer options.

Still, what do you think of these comments? Would you have loved a Smash Bros. title on the GBA or DS, or are you glad that the franchise will make its portable debut on 3DS?


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Goginho said:

I never really thought about Smash Bros. being portable, but now I guess they could have made one for the DS in similar fashion as SM64 got a DS port, since the N64 had Smash Bros.
..but whatevs, the past is the past, we shouldn't really look at 'what could have been'. I'm excited to see how the 3DS version turns out and from the looks of it, i'm positively surprised and quite impressed. I really fancy that style of visuals. It really suits the 3DS nicely.



Undead_terror said:

It would of been neat if the DS had a smash bros with sprites, something like super smash flash but the real deal.



WindWakerLink said:

Nah. It's better that it's coming on the 3DS. IT would have done the series justice had it been on the previous handhelds....might have been good on DS but no... With the 3DS, we'll get that connectivity with the Wii U.



AceSpadeS said:

Jump All/Ultimate Stars? Anyone? Nobody? 4-Player brawling action on a handheld before it was cool?



Doma said:

Multiplayer/system connectivity and tiny screens would've ruined it on anything earlier than the 3ds.



Sarthak12347 said:

They need to add ike back in. He is my best guy. I probably won't buy the wii u version, I have a 3ds but no wii u. I probably will buy the ps4.



Skeet102 said:

i always thought that the gba had high quality snes graphics, the ds had high quality n64 graphics, and the 3ds has high quality gamecube graphics.



NintyMan said:

Super Smash Bros. wouldn't have looked too good on the Game Boy Color, and a DS game with 3D models would've looked only a little better than the original game. A GBA Smash Bros. with sprites or a DS game with sprites would have been a good possibility, and the gameplay could have worked on the GBA or DS, but I'm happy with how it looks on 3DS.



Zombie_Barioth said:

I agree with him on this one, I doubt a Smash Bros. game would have been possible on past handhelds without being completely outclassed by the console version. Whos to say SSB DS would have done well next to SSBM?

I'm looking forward to Smash Bros. coming to 3DS, I don't have a Wii U and don't plan on getting one for a while. The 3DS version having its own stages and art style to set itself apart is makes things even better.



unrandomsam said:

There has been decent handheld fighting games before on pre GBA systems.

Streetfighter 2 Championship Edition (TG16 - Played on Turbo Express) - Best console version of Championship Edition much closer to the arcade one. 8 bit system even though the background animations are not as good.



hYdeks said:

A 16-bit GBA version would have been neat to see, and a re-make of the n64 smash bros on DS, with added characters and such, would have been a must buy for me I will be getting Smash Bros on both 3DS and Wii U, it's always been a must have game franchise for me.



Shambo said:

Nooooo now he made me think of how awesome a sprite-based Smash Bros would be on the tiny Gameboy Micro screen! And I can't unthink something THAT awesome...

I love 2d pixel art, side-scrolling beat'm'ups, Nintendo, and no console could ever -in retrospect- be as awesome as the Gameboy Micro Famicom Edition. So portable, beautiful, single (gaming) minded, bright and sharp screen, changeable faceplates, metallic body, cart-fed, rechargable, with the tiny bag already in the box...

Well honestly, I have another one to play on, my famicom edition stays safely on display.

@Hunter-D Gigant Battle is my favourite One piece game... One Piece MEDIUM ever!



DerpSandwich said:

I'm okay with them waiting until now. I'm sure they could have made it happen, but I think it was good that they waited until they got a system with a good amount of power under the hood. It certainly makes it easier on them.



WindWakerLink said:

@ZeldaDomination "I don't mean like how Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate connects with the 3DS and Wii U. But I mean that they will connect in some way for smash bros. I remember Sakurai saying one of the ideas he has for these games were 'The characters will attack differently in the Wii U version depending on what you do in the 3DS version when you connect them.' Essentially, you can change the how characters attacks when you connect them. That will be super interesting!!!"



Gioku said:

@Skeet102 GBA was 32-bit, NDS definitely just had higher-quality N64 graphics, but the 3DS is more in line with a lower-resolution Wii. Look no further than DKCR3D to see the evidence. Apart from lower-resolution and a lower framerate, it's exactly the same game, well, actually, it even has more than the original.



idork99 said:

Glad they waited!

It'll be worth the wait. And I agree that the GBA and every system before it would do no justice to Smash. They could've made it for the DS and it would've been equivalent to the first Smash for the N64 graphics wise. Besides, Smash was never meant to be a handheld game. You need to be able to see the action with the camera zoomed in and out and portable screens tend to be hard to view. I'm still curious to see how it will all pan out. I know it'll be good and I'm really glad they waited

Also, I know that they're aiming to make the speed of the game faster than Brawl yet slower than Melee. I really do wish that it's really close to Melee!



Buduski said:

Im glad they waited until the 3ds because of all the tech advantages it has over its predecessors, it has a better OS, the circle pad, better processing power, all in all I think it was smart to wait IMO.



AlexSora89 said:

I just have to share my opinion this time around, as the lack of a portable SSB (so far, thankfully) has always been a touchy subject for me.

So THAT is the reason? As controversially impolite as my statement is going to be, I can just say B.S. - I've been wishing for a handheld SSB ever since the GBA's debut, what with the buttons being just about enough to pull off any moveset ever seen in the series.
The DS could easily pull off a Melee demake, but apparently an all-star brawler was supposed to be a home console-only kind of thing (too bad being so late with this allowed Sony to do the same before Nintendo, what with the Vita version of Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale).

At least until now. I can admit I'm at least glad to see there's an official explanation behind the absence of "Super Smash Bros. Advance" rather than "Super Smash Bros. Dual Slam" (or "Super Smash Bros. Rumble", the fan project that proves that when fans grow sick of something, they just take the matter in their own hands).

What else can I say? Well, thanks to Nintendo for making me turn 24 (or 25 if it comes out after May 2014, which is what I'm afraid will happen) before giving me the title I've been waiting for ever since I played Melee for the first time, I guess.

Nah, no hard feelings - it's coming, after all! Now let's just hope I can keep waiting without bursting due to spontaneous combustion.



MAN1AC said:

I think its cool that they have it on the 3DS, but they're kind of giving people one less reason to buy a Wii U.



Meaty-cheeky said:

I have been wanting a Super Smash on the GBA and DS for years, If the graphic where sprite based than I think smash would have worked great on GBA / DS, but I'm just happy that Smash Bros is finally coming onto a handheld. The Nintendo 3DS is a strong system and will run a fully 3D Smash Bros game easily.



Megajack said:

I'd think a DS one would be good, as long as it was 2D and did not use 3D models. I think it's good it's coming to 3DS, but as MAN1AC said, it is giving people another reason to not buy a Wii U.

Miught get both versions eventually, but I'm starting off with the Wii U one.

Home Console > Handheld (Well, most of the time )



RevolverLink said:

I've always dreamed of having a pixel-based Smash Bros. in the palm of my hand.

I guess it just wasn't meant to be.



LavaTwilight said:

I'm so tempted to buy both the WiiU and 3DS versions for the differences, but it all depends on if the differences are manifest enough... also depends on whether or not my wife would kill me...



Araknie said:

@AceSpadeS Super Smash Bros. is from 1999 and there's another game that did i before but i don't remember now.

puts on glasses
That is the time when it started to be cool.



JayceJa said:

@BlackSpy there's a BIG difference between a game made with gameboy era graphics and a game that could actually have been played off a gameboy cartridge on a gameboy console, and super smash land from what ive seen definitely seems like the former, not the latter

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