Sakurai Begins Work on New Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS

By Jorge Ba-oh 21.02.2012 33

Sakurai Begins Work on New Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS on Nintendo gaming news, videos and discussion

The face and leader behind the Super Smash Bros franchise, Masahiro Sakurai, has started his research on the new games.

Announced for both 3DS and Wii U last year, the much loved blend of Nintendo characters in the fighting ring has been put neatly to one side in favour of finishing Kid Icarus: Uprising.

With Sakurai's team completing their efforts on the 3DS action epic, time has finally come to ponder how to build on the success of the previous Super Smash Bros games.

Sakurai tweeted earlier today that as part of the preliminary work into the new games, he's been browsing the meaty Smash Bros Dojo website. The page, previously available in multiple languages, once hosted a tonne of daily information, videos and teasers to build hype for the eventual release of Brawl on the Wii.

However, what's the word... it's tremendous. How did we make this?

So Sakurai, his team will now seek out other developers to help put together two new Smash Bros projects, each with the different hardware in mind. Exciting times!

What would you like to see in the next installments for 3DS and Wii U? How should Nintendo improve on the format defined in Brawl and Melee?

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You know, as cool and exciting as the Smash Bros. Dojo was back then, I hope that Sakurai isn't going to do that again. The hype for Brawl got insane and the long wait didn't help either, so expectations were ridiculously high and ultimately some people ended up being disappointed. I actually consider Brawl superior to Melee in almost every way, except random tripping. Some purists will likely say otherwise but for me, Smash Bros. is all about crazy fun and that's exactly what Brawl offered with its gameplay and great selection of items, despite being unbalanced and unfair at times. It's a lot like Mario Kart in a way. Sure, thanks to items more skilled players will get screwed over regularly despite being much better at the game but that's exactly what keeps the gameplay so unpredictable and fun.

All I really want is another Smash Bros. that's as great as Brawl, but with a kickass online mode and voicechat. New stages and characters are a given but that's really all I want from the next Smash Bros.

For me Melee is the Ultimate Smash thus far, it's speed, attack precision, & slew of difficult under the programming skills to pull of make it the Marvel vs. Capcom 2 of the series!!

I really hope 3rd parties were impressed with Brawl & allow classic Icons to show up again. Of course we don't want it bogged down with EVERY BODY showing up, we've gotta keep this party an Elite entering Pent House or using Donald Trump's toilet...only the best of the BEST!!

I'd like to see a PROPER Megaman showing since Capcom has ignored the Blue Bomber, maybe even Ryu since Ninja Gaiden was on NES & the DS. Anyone up for Wesker chucking the T-Virus down on the arena for a Final Smash, causing all players to move sluggishly untill they're K.O.ed?

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I for one would love another Smash Dojo, but perhaps a lot closer to the actual game's release, no delay this time would be good!

So excite

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SuperLink said:
I for one would love another Smash Dojo, but perhaps a lot closer to the actual game's release, no delay this time would be good!

So excite

I would love it too, but maybe still leave some surprises for the game itself. I absolutely loved getting my fix of new Smash Bros. information every morning before school. Smilie

These games probably won't be out for another 5 years though... Smilie

( Edited 21.02.2012 14:49 by Mush123 )

GUARD (guest) 21.02.2012#5

The Smash Brothers series is my favourite multiplayer game EVER. Just the idea that I could bring my original Smash Bros game wherever I go with my 3DS is a pure win. Of course, I am mostly hyped for the Wii U version.

I enjoyed every later Smash games for then its predcessor. I enjoyed Melee more than Smash 64, I enjoyed Brawl more than Melee, and I honestly believe I will enjoy Smash 4 more than Brawl.

CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!

I can't wait to see how it looks, it'll probably be a while until we get a trailers for it, I doubt anything will be ready for E3.

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I want a much better stage editor this time, and a better focus on online aspects. Not just in online matches, but with letting people put their custom stages or adventure events up for easy browsing and download, highlighting the most popular. Perhaps trading custom outfits and graphics for characters. Continuous streams of free stages and music DLC and the odd character here and there. Enable custom music and images for stage backgrounds. There's plenty they could do. I don't want 'just another Smash' because I know it'll grow boring after not long. Think outside the box and keep new content and ideas filtering through to keep players coming back.

Usually continuing sequels tend to remove certain features, i look at WWE games and they notoriously have a good year but for me the removal of certain options in one year's edition in lieu of another one can really annoy me.

E.g One year the game has a Lumberjack match but then removes that feature the next year.

It feels like it can never be complete. I know Smash is a different series (esp as its only had 3 games in 14 years) but for me it must retain everything it currently has. I think that Brawl did very well to do this in regards with Melee. It kept the majority of characters and levels, the match options, records (which i really like), trophies, and others. What i am saying is that for me if they cut out some of these options (e.g getting rid of coin matches) then i would feel its less superior.

This is why i have my doubts as to how the 3DS version will impress me. I won't hold any reservations about the Wii U one because that should deliver...hypothetically anyway!

vrosado6119 (guest) 21.02.2012#10

The fight is on!

Lilfut (guest) 21.02.2012#11

DLC of some sort would be nice. Also, some form of character creator. Maybe let you customize your Mii's moveset?

Gameplay, music etc were near perfect in Brawl for me, but the main issues I had were:

- Online: Lacking stats, laggy etc. Presumably will be improved and more in line with Mario Kart.

- Character variety: Too many clones. Ganondorf could have had a sword, lack of female characters. Assist trophies all could have been great additions - that Fire Emblem girl, Issac, Mac etc.

More weapon based characters would be great! Krystal etc. New game definitely needs something more - character creation or something.

- Lack of fan service. Single player was decent, but lack of diversity in level design - more classic level looks and classic bosses needed.

- Level creator: Needs sharing tools, more variety in blocks and depth.

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Angel (guest) 23.02.2012#13

I hope a Resident Evil character makes an appearance, just so Link can kick ass with one.

Anonymous (guest) 23.02.2012#14

Victini would easily replace Meta Knight's "broken" characteristics... and get banned from tournaments just as easily. I can imagine the two dating on that note. Smilie

melee pro (guest) 24.02.2012#15

Melee tech skill.....

and ponies

candlejack (guest) 25.02.2012#16

he's looking at brawl and the brawl dojo for inspiration? Smilie oh god no..

another major disappointment like brawl on the way, tripping will happen 10x more often, gameplay will be more watered down then it was in brawl(hwo that is possible iDK, but he'll find a way.) adn character balance will be non-existant all over again....

DorkWhoLovesToadette (guest) 25.02.2012#17

I'm probably going to be made fun of for this, but I really want Toad to be playable. I mean, they can replace Peach's B with the Parasol from Super Princess Peach, but then again there are way too many Mario Characters already.

JTP (guest) 29.02.2012#18

Megaman. and please do something about Ike's recovery, i'd hate to see him go. maybe let us steer his Up+B

I've been getting ideas for the next Smash Bros. game long before it was even announced.
Among other things, I think that there should be a Tag Battle mode, where players could switch between characters that they choose, or those preprogrammed with each character. Also, especially with the 3DS version, I think that there needs to be a battlefield style of gameplay, on a split-screen 3D field, as well as the classic 2D style. Plus, I think that they should keep the Sonic the Hedgehog elements in the next game, and in addition, coordinate with Microsoft to add Halo and Banjo & Kazooie as well.
As for the characters, I've come up with a few. Keep in mind, I don't really know a whole lot of other games, so my choice is very limited. If you have any suggestions, let me know.

Banjo & Kazooie
Captain Falcon
Dawn (Piplup, Grotle, Infernape)
Diddy Kong
Donkey Kong
Dr. Eggman
Ethan (Chikorita, Quilava, Feraligatr)
Falco Lombardi
Fox McCloud
Hilbert (Tepig, Dewott, Serperior)
Ice Climbers
King Dedede
King K. Rool
Meta Knight
Miles "Tails" Prower
Mr. Game & Watch
Paper Mario
Samus/Zero Suit Samus
Sonic the Hedgehog
Toon Link
Toy Pikachu
Wolf O'Donnell
Yarn Kirby

I'm also working on a story for the Adventure mode, though I'm not quite finished yet. I can say that the main plot is that Mario, Link, Kirby, Pikachu and Sonic will be hunted down, and eventually captured, by the five Cosmic Priests (who turn out to be Bowser, Ganondorf, King Dedede, Mewtwo and Dr. Eggman) for reasons unbeknownst to them. Once I've finished, I'll submit the story here (though it might take a while). Don't forget to give me your suggestions for the characters so I can include them in the story.

Whilst I love speculation surrounding the Smash Bros games. I have to say just one thing. Banjo and Kazooie would NEVER see the light of day in a Smash Bros. game. Rare is owned by Microsoft and I doubt that is subject to change. Rare has gone quite a bit downhill in recent years, maybe a cameo appearance from Banjo would do them some good. It will never happen, though.

I LOVE the idea of including Yarn Kirby though, it'll be interesting to have him in the game. As long as the original Kirby is still playable.

( Edited 06.03.2012 04:18 by Mush123 )

yoyomom (guest) 06.03.2012#21

Let's see.
Megaman, Waluigi, Waddle Dee, Zoroark, Maybe magnus from Kid Icarus uprising, Mona, Little Mac, Ray from Custom robo, representatives for Namco and Square-enix, replace Snake with Simon Belmont (if you can't do that, that's fine) and Megaman.
Balance Sonic.
Every character (except the obscure ones) having at least one alternate costume set.
A super form system. Maybe not replacing the Final smash system.
Oh yeah, and Megaman.

Wild Doopliss (guest) 14.03.2012#22

For the single-player mode (and I mean single-player, not multiplayer), it could work like an RPG, with an SSB twist: traverse the worlds of the fighters in the new SSB installment as the fighter(s), collect the artifacts that are needed to face the antagonist, fight enemies and bosses, deplete their HP, and knock them off the field so they are done for good. The characters use the same techniques that they use in multiplayer--no new moves, no hassle.

Also, I don't have an entire wish roster of characters, but I have a couple of characters who were antagonists in the latest Mario RPG installments that I believe would be good contenders in the next Super Smash Bros. game.

1. Dimentio is capable of warping, surrounding others in an explosive field, firing magic projectiles, and cloning himself. He can even summon the Chaos Heart (and Luigi Smilie ) to power himself up.

2. (Dark) Fawful can hover with his Vacuum Helmet, shoot out stars with a ray gun, create energy balls, don't know about the last one. However, he can combine with the Dark Star to create a nastier threat to other fighters.

Remember that this is what *I* want to see in the new SSB, not what is confirmed and / or leaked.

Have a good day,
~ Wild Doopliss

Randomness (guest) 18.03.2012#23

The only thing i want is Dr. Mario to return.Smilie

Kyle (guest) 19.03.2012#24

First of all I think he should remove random tripping(attacks like diddy's bananas should still cause tripping) or atleast give us an option to disable it. Also he should speed up the game like how it was in melee. Increase the duration of the hitstuns and reduce the floatiness of the characters. Also if Meta Knight will be included nerf him but not too much or he might end up like ganondorf from melee to brawl and also buffing the low tiered characters so that the characters will be a bit more balanced. Also he should put back the techniques lost from melee like wavedashing and L-cancelling while retaining things like momentum cancelling. These techniques are what makes matches more fun and exciting. Also he should remove randomness (like tripping) because the people in the competitive scene wouldn't want to lose a major tourney because of bad luck. I'm also bothered by port priority, like for example if two players grab at the same time, the higher priority is granted the grab. IMO it would be more fair if the grabs will cancel each other instead.

SEAN SPAID (guest) 23.03.2012#25

WALIUG should be a in the game LOVE SUPER SMASH BROS.

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