Namco Bandai working on New Super Smash Bros.

Tales, Ridge Racer staffers join Masahiro Sakurai.

June 21, 2012 / 11:13 PM EDT / (@salromano)

Namco Bandai Games and Namco Bandai Studio are working alongside Sora Ltd. and Masahiro Sakurai on the next Super Smash Bros., Nintendo announced during its Nintendo Direct broadcast tonight.

Sakurai is heading the project. On the Namco Bandai side, Masaya Kobayashi, whose previous works include the Ridge Racer series and Go Vacation, is producing. And Yoshito Higuchi, who produced Tales of Vesperia, is directing.

Messages from Sakurai and Kobayashi are expected after the broadcast. [Update: read them here.]

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  • whiteferrero

    Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any iconic Namco Bandai Characters to add except for the Old Yellow Pizza Pie.

    • http://gearsjourney.blogspot.com Acidicsam

      @whiteferrero:

      Tales of… characters?

      • whiteferrero

        @Acidicsam: I don’t think any of them are really iconic though. But hey I’d love to see tales characters beat up the ol’ mustachiod plumber. or vice versa. or cheria get eaten by kirby. or vice versa.

        • FaithlessMr

          @whiteferrero:
          Yuri and Asbel and Luke are iconic. Heck the series has amazing heroes that would fit really well in the game!

        • Bec66

          @whiteferrero: Well they’re popular in Japan kinda like…Marth and Roy! Seriously this is a big oppurtunity for the tales series to get some attention in the west

  • Aldridge517

    Finally a SSB game in HD! PS All stars looks crappy after what I saw at E3, Nintendo has no competition in this department.

    • rockman29

      @Aldridge517: Got to agree with this, sadly.

      Well SSB still rocks my socks.

  • RyoonZ

    Klonoa please!!!

  • FaithlessMr

    Awesome, NSMB on the 3DS :D And I’m perfectly okay with NB working with Nintendo on this one.

  • big drew

    This is what i have been waiting for.Super smash bros is the reason why I am buying the Wii U. This made my day. I knew it was coming but damn lol that was quick. Oh yea, since kingdom hearts plays on a Nintendo hand held system….I wonder if the new smash bros is gonna have Kingdom Hearts characters..Hmmmm……

  • manasword0

    Just the Thought of Yuri’s final Smash fills me with GLEE

    • Bec66

      @manasword0: Hate to say it but it’s more likely Luke, Lloyd, asbel, and Emil could appear since they were on a nintendo consle, either way i’m fine with those guys.

      • AdamBoy64

        @Bec66: Yeah, that is true.
        Personally, I think the odds of a Tales character making it into the roster are 1 in 478,000.

  • xMCXx

    Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrridge Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrracer!
    Giant Enemy Crab confirmed for Brawl!

    • Sal Romano

      @xMCXx: “Giant Enemy Crab” is from Genji: Days of the Blade, which is published by Sony Computer Entertainment.

      ;]

      • xMCXx

        @Sal Romano:
        Hey, if Sonic can make it…Let me dream! xD ;P

  • InternatlGamer3

    I love SSB but i’m getting PS All Stars cause i wanna kick ass with Drake, Ratchet, Jak, and of course Parappa the Rapper, I know they’ll easily have more 3rd Party support adding in Square characters lik Cloud, Sephiroth, fei Fong Wong(Xenogears)characters from Suikoden, and many more. Sony owns more FIRST Party franchises over Nintendo. They Own Uncharted, Ratchet & Clank,Resistance,Killzone,Dark Cloud, Rogue Galaxy, Wild Arms, Arc The Lad, Legend of Dragoon, White Knight Chronicles, The Last of Us, God of War, Heavenly Sword, Heavy Rain, Legend of Legaia, Littlebig Planet, Motorstorm, Warhawk,Starhawk, Ico Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian, Gran Turismo, The Getaway, Soul Sacrifice, and many more. Now when you say PS All Stars Battle Royale is sucky think again.They used more than 10 franchises SONY at least makes an effort to create game experiences that are more than waggling a stupid Wii mote. PS MOVE isn’t gr8 either. But SONY has an arsenal of third Party franchises its known for Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Suikoden, Valkyrie Profile, Star Ocean, Namco Tales, Xenogears, Drakengard, etc. Seriously PLayStation is the current king of Gaming, Nintendo hasn’t been and they think they’ll outsell PS2 the best selling CONSOLE OF ALL TIME. Give me a Fucking break.

  • InternatlGamer3

    SONY officially owns over 90 franchises and at least 83 are made for console more than Nintendo does.