Sakurai, Kobayashi on New Super Smash Bros.
posted on 06.22.12 at 12:40 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Namco Bandai rounds up "never-before-seen dream team."

Sora Ltd. and Namco Bandai are working together on the latest Super Smash Bros. Project lead Masahiro Sakurai and Namco Bandai producer Masaya Kobayashi provided first word on the collaboration on Nintendo.com tonight.

Masahiro Sakurai

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 realized 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 Studios’ 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 maximize and offer fun new gameplay elements, the entire team is going to work hard together. Thank you.

Masaya Kobayashi

Hello, everyone. I’m Masaya Kobayashi of Namco Bandai Studios. I’m so honored to be able to join the Smash Bros. team–that globally popular series of which Japan is particularly proud—and to work alongside of Mr. Sakurai.

In order to make Mr. Sakurai proud, we will take on this project with Namco Bandai’s best staff! Yoshito Higuchi, the producer and the director of the “Tales” series, Tetsuya Akatsuka, producer and director of “Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs.,” the art director/sound director of the “SoulCalibur” series, the main development team staff from the “Tekken” series… and that’s just for starters. All the top creators from Namco Bandai are gathered here to create a never-before-seen dream team for this project. We will fully utilize our experience and knowledge in action/fighting game development, technical capability, and organizational strength, and we hereby promise you that we will develop the best and most powerful “Super Smash Bros.” title ever! Don’t miss it!

Representative works:

Masaya Kobayashi

  • Ridge Racer” series
  • We Ski” (Wii) series
  • Go Vacation” (Wii)

Yoshito Higuchi

  • SoulCalibur” series
  • Tales of the Abyss
  • Tales of Vesperia
  • Revorse

    They got some good people working on the game. Although I think it’s kinda coming out of left field, with Namco developing it and all but regardless knowing who is working on it excites me a little

  • Kurai Warrior

    Still not gonna buy a Wii U. Nintendo has to do more than spit out it’s same old franchises to get me on board this time.

    • FaithlessMr

      @Kurai Warrior:
      They’re also making a NSMB for the 3DS.

  • Sal Romano

    I find it surprising that they already have a prototype, especially when work on the title had supposedly just begun.

  • manasword0

    If they put ANY Tales character in it, I might die

    • Bec66

      @manasword0: Well with Tales of the Abyss appearing on the 3DS (With possibly more 3DS tales on the way) Luke could appear.

  • InternatlGamer3

    i agree with Kurai Warrior, and as much as I love Nintendo they need to create new franchises for their Wii U. Their E3 conference this year was lackluster as they didnt show what it was capable of.I want more than the same first party franchises Nintendo dishes out each gen. its getting old.

    They haven’t convinced me why I should buy their console like I did the Wii which ended up being mediocre with its games library. It was like another Gamecube. I’m tired of Nintendo putting themselves one foot further into the grave. I’ll say this though PS3 definitely has games I do want The Last of Us, Tales of Xillia, Ni No Kuni, The Witch and the Hundred Knights, Mugen Souls, Legasista, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, God of War Ascension, etc.

    Wii U doesn’t have a convincing library of titles yet. Nope the 3DS doesn’t have much either. I want more than OCarina of Time, and StarFox 64 3D to buy this. I still have both games for my N64, which to me Virtual Console is useless for game collectors like me.

  • InternatlGamer3

    I don’t like to be a prick as I still have been a Nintendo and they like Sega have been a part of my gaming childhood. I didn’t have a PS console til 12/15/05 when I got a PS2, and started barely playing my Gamecube after that. I’ve been a Nintendo fan, and will be for LYFE. However the big N needs to create new franchises for the Wii U cause I don’t want a system that had a shit ton of crappy games and only a small handfull of the good games of which there were about 50 one of them being Xenoblade Chronicles, and the other as the Last Story.

    SONY is the company I support more cause I want more than Super Smash, MArio, DK, Mario Kart, Metroid and Zelda. I love all those franchises but Nintendo needs something new, all of us old school fans who grew up with Nintendo in the 80′s & 90′s remember when they were more of a name to be reckoned with just like SquareSoft before the merger with Enix. BTw I think as far as first party franchises from Nintendo games go Animal Crossing bored me the most. The Wii version sucked, and thats why I don’t waste my time on this game as I am a HARDCORE Gamer.