Namco Bandai Collaborating on New Smash Bros Games

By Shane Jury 22.06.2012 20

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Previously Nintendo enlisted the help of a number of external developers when creating Super Smash Bros Brawl, and they look to be doing the same once again, this time fully collaborating with Namco Bandai.

A translation of the messages released by Mashiro Sakurai of Smash Bros fame, and the figurehead of Namco Bandai Studios, Masaya Kobayashi;

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 realised 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 Studio’s 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 maximise and offer fun new gameplay elements, the entire team is going to work hard together. Thank you.

Hello, everyone. I’m Masaya Kobayashi of NAMCO BANDAI Studio. I’m so honored to be able to join the Super Smash Bros. team - that globally popular series of which Japan is particularly proud - and to work alongside 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 utilise our experience and knowledge in action/fighting game development, technical capability, and organisational strength, and we hereby promise you that we will develop the best and most powerful “Super Smash Bros.” titles ever! Don’t miss them!


​Could this teamup between Nintendo and Namco Bandai hint at certain possible Third Party characters? Who would you like to see pop up to battle Mario and co.?

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I wonder why HAL Laboratory isn't involved with this? Well as long as Project Sora is directing it, it should turn out good.

I could actually see pac-man fitting in the ssb universe, aside from him maybe Nightmare or Mitsurugi from soulcalibur and jin or kazuya from the tekken series. I'm expecting the roster for this title to have atleast 7-10 more characters than what was in SSBB.

I would love to see more names who touched the fighting game genre like Katsuhiro Harada, Yoshinori Ono, and Takashi Nishiyama get in and help with this game. Seeing people like that come together on a party fighter like SSB would make fans of the fighting genre take another look at SSB being considered as a true "fighter".

One could only dream though.

I believe the prefect N-B representative to be Lloyd from Tales of Symphonia, as that game is the strongest seller of the series and has already seen a sequel exclusive to Nintendo hardware. Plus he's an extremely popular option for Brawl hackers, that has to count for something. Smilie

Hmmmm I wonder what Bamco characters will make the cut? Here's hoping for Lei Chaolan!!

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Phoenixus said:
I believe the prefect N-B representative to be Lloyd from Tales of Symphonia, as that game is the strongest seller of the series and has already seen a sequel exclusive to Nintendo hardware. Plus he's an extremely popular option for Brawl hackers, that has to count for something. Smilie

I'd be fine with any character from Tales of that uses a sword, I love all the sword users in Melee/Brawl. Smilie

Smash Bros x Jump Ultimate Stars? ;D Completely impossible, but would probably be my dream game. XD

I'd be happy with the inclusion of Lloyd Irving. ^_^

Oh nice, Namco Bandai. I wonder if this means there will only be a limited number of copies printed and the prices will skyrocket on eBay/Amazon.

Obviously I know the publisher will be Nintendo, just trying to make fun of how Namco only produce a small amount of copies of the Tales games. Smilie

( Edited 22.06.2012 09:48 by Mush123 )

Here's hoping they return to Melee style gameplay.

Oh god... I think I mite be the only one that's a bit pessimistic about this... I like Namco but theyre not what they use to be and last few tekken games have beeb pooop... as long as Sakurai/Nintendo stay in control and dont give namco too much freedom hopefully with characters aswell... I dont really wanna see too many 3rd party characters on this...!!

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Nintendo_Maniac said:
Oh god... I think I mite be the only one that's a bit pessimistic about this... I like Namco but theyre not what they use to be and last few tekken games have beeb pooop... as long as Sakurai/Nintendo stay in control and dont give namco too much freedom hopefully with characters aswell... I dont really wanna see too many 3rd party characters on this...!!

I think it's just that Sakurai needed a bigger team than Project Sora, so of course he'll be in control.

Sort of like how Retro helped with Mario Kart 7.

( Edited 22.06.2012 16:52 by Stulaw )

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Lets hope so Stu! Coz like many many many fans out there im looking forward to this sooo much!!
Just got me thinking actually we prob wont see this game til late 2013 if were lucky maybe even 2014!!
Also I wonder what Project Sora must be working on next... Smilie Kid Icarus U ...Smilie

( Edited 22.06.2012 16:56 by Nintendo_Maniac )

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Most of the team will be working on Smash Bros, Sakurai's already said he doesn't know if anyone will make another Kid Icarus game in the near future.

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Sakurai will be the director of this game, so basically everything he says goes. If Namco want to drastically change something, they will have to consult Sakurai about it first.

Sakurai says the prototype is working great, so they must be doing a good job.

Idk, I have very similar thoughts as Nintendo Maniac. This is worrysome to say the least. Namco seems like such a random company to work with.

Nintendo_Maniac said:
Lets hope so Stu! Coz like many many many fans out there im looking forward to this sooo much!!
Just got me thinking actually we prob wont see this game til late 2013 if were lucky maybe even 2014!!
Also I wonder what Project Sora must be working on next... Smilie Kid Icarus U ...Smilie

Late 2014 is asking a lot, tbh. This game is going to take ages. Remember, they're making one for Wii U AND 3DS.

bornforthis43 said:
Idk, I have very similar thoughts as Nintendo Maniac. This is worrysome to say the least. Namco seems like such a random company to work with.

I highly doubt Nintendo just walked up to and asked random third parties if they wanted to work with them on one of their most valueable franchises ever. They must have some good reasons for teaming up with Namco. Besides, Sakurai said that the prototype they have so far is looking great. What's there to worry about? It's not like it'll be Namco doing whatever it wants, Sakurai is still in charge.

Jimmy_Piranha (guest) 23.06.2012#17

I want more female characters in it. Ivysaur and ZSuit Samus were the only real additions to the Smash Sisters cast.

Wonder if they will go the route PS All Star Royale seems to be taking. Smilie

tmdawg (guest) 26.06.2012#19

off topic but bugs me. why is sonic Photoshopped in?

worriedguy (guest) 14.11.2012#20

He said it will start from brawl and work off of that but I'm still kind of scared they'll revert back to melee. There's too many people asking for it for whatever reason and I'm just not a fan of the skilless combos that melee had. 

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