Smash Bros Design Is Sakurai’s Job, Not Namco’s

Tekken series director Katsuhiro Harada has confirmed that Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai is firmly in charge of the design of the next Smash Bros game on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Harada says that he’s focussed on developing Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for Wii U, and that the design for Smash Bros will be looked after by Sakurai.

“Although we’ll help provide support on technology and other things involved creating the game, I’m currently very focused on the Tekken series. Some people might say online that I’m going to be involved in the development process or not but that shouldn’t really be an issue because the game design is going to be handled [by] Masahiro Sakurai. So I don’t understand why there would be any worries there.”

“The feedback was very mixed, there were two camps, one said, “Harada, you’re very right, we don’t need the Tekken characters in Smash Bros, good job”. It’s nice that they agree with me but on the other hand, they themselves don’t exactly need Tekken characters in Smash Bros. so it’s kind of complex. Then there’s the other half were people saying, “No, you’re totally wrong, we want Tekken and SoulCalibur characters in the game ,otherwise why does it need to be developed be Namco Bandai?” So there’s really two different sides and it’s difficult to choose one. Obviously I’m not going to say to Sakurai, “We want Tekken characters, please put it in” — that’s not the case, so people don’t have to worry about that. The sole decision will probably be made in a way that if more people want Tekken characters in it then Sakurai might choose to do so, if not then so be it.”

113 thoughts on “Smash Bros Design Is Sakurai’s Job, Not Namco’s”

    1. no i is u is illegals and bad man, me thinks u is cod fan andd that is danger u will kill peoples. me will fone da fby on u.

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              1. Good, as long as we don’t have shitty characters in the game, like the cheap Sonic, then this is a day-one buy for me baby.

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                  1. LOL Sonic Cheap? He’s not even cheap, he has no power, and he’s relatively slow.

                    His attacks are slow, but his speed is fast (Due to only his legs being fast). I can’t believe you’d complain about Sonic out of ALL characters like Metaknight, Ice Climbers, Olimar, and imo Marth since he can infinite grab Ness and Lucas.

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                    1. Sonic is pretty decent when his down B is comboed with some of his air attacks. sure he doesnt have great power moves, but he can rack up enough damage fast so that some of his weaker attacks are capable of KOing. people probably say he’s annoying because of his B, which is actually relatively easy to avoid, and his final smash, and that’s if he gets the smash ball…

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  1. Really, this was obvious. Sakurai and co will obviously design it, with Namco in to save him putting another team together and to let them use some Namco characters in the final game.

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    1. Even if Namco took the entire franchise over, I don’t think they would ruin the series. Namco has a lot of experience with fighting games.

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    2. Stop being immature…even if Sakurai wasnt working on it you wouldnt be able to say the series was ruined! You have to play a game before judging it….

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        1. “good. I don’t want the franchise to be ruined by some 3rd party.” <Your comment has the impression you think Namco Bandai is scum. They are pretty harsh words. If it doesnt mean anything than why say it?

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          1. because I always expect the worse when a franchise I know is said to be worked on by a different party. it’s better to have low hope and be surprised than have high hopes and be disappointed. namco’s cool.

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  2. Phoenix Wright for smash 4.
    And make the mother characters good. :c

    Also I respect this guy for what he thinks and believes, I think if they DO add a DLC for their characters, since it’s the Tekken creator it’ll be a free DLC. After all, he already said he doesn’t think we should have to pay for it.

    As for the Soul Calibur character if that’s added, I doubt it’d be free.
    Never know though.

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    1. I think it is up to Nintendo to decide if the DLC is free or not….not because they are “Soul Calibur” characters or not…and that is if there are even DLC’s

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  3. There SHOULD be dlc. The game itself SHOULD have characters stages etc. BUT it can have additional dlc like extra colors, stages, etc. And it will be very cool!

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  7. I want a SOUL CALIBUR characters in Super Smash Bros. Universe! or Tekken or whatever!! IDK I want at least 1 measly Namco Bandai character in Super Smash….please…

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      1. At least 1 will I’d say, and lol we get the point @ the guy above.
        No need to keep saying Natsume sucks.

        Anyways, I wouldn’t care if one got in, I’d rather keep it Nintendo related, and I’d love to have someone like Phoenix Wright join the brawl. It’d be awesome, same as Paper Mario, and those of you who think Paper Mario would be a clone, you probably haven’t played the game.

        It’d be nice if they went over the same character but you could choose what series, like click Link and choose Link/Toon Link. I’d leave extra space for the characters. I’m sure there’d someway to put this in.

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        1. I was thinking the same thing. Link should have multiple forms like Toon Link, Young Link, Link and Midna paired, etc…Kirby could have Yarn Kirby and Regular, Mario could have Paper Mario, Dr. Mario and Regular, Pikachu could become Pichu…that would be a really interesting feature!

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          1. Idk about Pichu and Pikachu, and I don’t think that’d work, doing that for every character might be a problem.

            I’d so only do it for the characters who’ve had similar characters before.

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      1. Oh “TheDragon234″ your talking about Ivy right!? She is my favorite Soul Calibur character! so I would be so stoked if she got in somehow!..sadly her “big kahunas” might not be “kid friendly” enough for a Super Smash game… ;(

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    1. I hope Ness and Lucas are balanced instead of having the worst grab release. I use them both and they just get chaingrabbed/grab released by the entire cast.

      If you don’t know what that means, sorry I’m into competitive smash.
      Brawl was good just was too floaty and a lot of the cast is destroyed by grabs.

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        1. Sure, I’m not at my moms house (Where I have good internet). I go to my dads every weekend and the internet’s bad out here.

          Not sure if I’m aloud to post links but xat.com/SweetDelight is my chat and you can come here and brawl me sometime. It’s been kinda dead lately though, my chat used to be a lot fuller. ;~;

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          1. Yeah, but I didn’t think there’d be a lot people here that I knew from other sites. I knew this was the BlueberrySyrup because you made that blog concerning grab releases, so when you posted that I thought ‘Oh, it’s him’, lol. I think we also dubz laddered before, but that was a long time ago.

            I’ll just stay Anonymous for now. :D

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    guy: i have such a big one. Over a foot long
    girl: really, can i suck it?
    guy: why, im not sure if it likes to be sucked
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  9. Guy: wow thats a huge cock
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    guy: i think it might clog up something
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  10. guy: WHAT THE FUCK! OVER A FOOT WIDE!
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      1. yeah, i know, but duders saying “na i’m not that involved in this cuz i’m making Tekken games”. but it’s not like he’s doing that constantly all the time. it’s a temporary excuse. i guess it’s just to shut up peeps who think NB will ruin the game. i think he could have just said the “Some people might say … any worries there.” part and that would be good enough. \o_o/

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  11. guy: something gets wet when i see you
    girl: REALLY!
    guy: yeah, my mouth!
    girl: ok let me just take my pants off
    guy: what the fuck are you talking about, im talking to the pizza in my hand!

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  12. This picture has me all about Balloon Fighter as a character. That asshole fish in the Ice Climber level could be his Final Smash

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  13. I never made the mistake of saying that this game would end up being taken by Namco. I’m sure they can give helpful tips on game modes, online, etc and can probably help facilitate most of those things, but this will still have the biggest Nintendo sticker on it.

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  14. sakurai is still the leoad designer…..but namco did provide the prototype for the game. So sakurai is gonna build upon whatever that was…..whether its the same or something a little different.

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  15. On one side, those characters have a particular style of fighting. They are in a standard fighting title, so fans of Tekken games would go into Smash Bros expecting to fight the same, but they’ll find it’s completely different. SO really, they should keep that in mind. Really, there doesn’t need to be Tekken characters JUST because Namco was helping with it.

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  16. There’s nothing to worry about. Nintendo/Sakurai will take the utmost care with this game to deliver the best experience they can, just like they always do. Leave luck to heaven.

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          1. I loved Melee. It was perfect game imo. A lot of good memories of playing that with family members (who don’t even like Nintendo). Great fun.

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