Tekken Producer On Why Nintendo Picked Namco Bandai For Next Super Smash Bros.

Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada claims he knows why Namco Bandai was chosen by Nintendo to work on the next Super Smash Bros. games for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Because Super Smash Bros. is a fighting game, Nintendo supposedly wanted Namco Bandai because of its 17 years of experience with the Tekken franchise. According to Harada, Namco Bandai has developed a “very good” relationship with both Nintendo and Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai.

“I think Nintendo chose us just because Smash Brothers is a fighting game. We have over 17 years of continuously developing titles in our franchise [Tekken], I think they felt we were a choice for that.”

“Also, we’ve continually developed a very good relationship with Nintendo. Maybe not necessarily in the public spotlight but kind of behind the scenes. We have established a very good working relationship with them. Not just Nintendo, but as a company, we have a very good relationship with Sakurai-san at Sora as well. I think that we are in very good position to make a great game for the Smash Brothers series.”


113 thoughts on “Tekken Producer On Why Nintendo Picked Namco Bandai For Next Super Smash Bros.”

    1. Nintendo really is a good company, they care about the games for the people and they dont really care about Rip-Offs and they dont sue other companies like Sony who ripped-off Smash Bros.and theyre Stupid Playstation Move with Dildo

      1. They don’t sue other companies? Do your research before making bold claims. Nintendo has sued several companies AND individuals before.

        They couldn’t sue Sony for the PlayStation Move because that was showcased BEFORE the Wii in 2001. Sony patents came long before anything Nintendo came up with, they only brought it to the market later.

        As for Smash bros, you can’t sue over a genre. -.- Idiotic.

        I agree, Nintendo is a great company and it seems they do care about the quality of their games.

        Still, don’t make stupid claims.

        1. fans feel touched because was sony, they don’t give a crap if jump ultimate or the digimon game did the same, but mainly because, well it’s sony they move like that

        2. You don’t need research to know that companies sue companies and individuals. Let’s not get too excited in your need to be so damn self-righteous.

        3. But Nintendo still were the first to bring motion control to gaming and without the Wii, Sony would probably have just left that patent in a pile and never used it.

    2. Yeah, hopefully they’ll do good. I love the Tekken franchise and Super Smash Bros. so with these two companies working together, I’m sure the game will turn out great! :D

    3. I just want SSB64 for the 3ds. It is the best SSB. Will be the best for 3ds, especially with online multiplayer and 3D. Make a crazy new one for Wii U with a million items and characters I don’t care. Just stop screwing around with Ness. He was the best in 64.

        1. WRONG. PC is sstupid. windows sucks like shit. Gabe NEwwell said that he hate windows 8 and OS X is the best operating systeem

          1. Macs are PCs… Apple just sells overpriced computers that have their operating system which are faster and more effiecient, but you cannot play many games on it. THE Windows 8 isn’t even complete yet, so that was a ignorant claim. If you want to compare, compare OS X to Win7.

  1. Pacman? for smash bros also how about 80 characters for the wiiu one and 55 for the 3ds one and all characters are interchangable between both platform versions

    1. That seems like a bit too much but They should totally have PacMan and a few interchangeable characters (That is if the 3DS one has characters the Wii U one doesn’t have with I don’t see happening really.

  2. We’ll all see how these new smash bros. games goes in the future. I can only wonder how WiiU smash bros, and Smash bros. memories will be with the influence of Namco Bandai. It’d be interesting to see Luke, emil, or Yuri in the games.

    1. Just a heads-up; the whole “memories” rumor for the 3DS Smash game, with all the characters being classic form, is just that; a rumor.
      There’s no basis as of yet to confirm or deny that that’s what it will be called.

      1. ah, i’ve forgotten that it’s a rumor. Then I wonder what the 3DS version is gonna be called. Ha Super Smash Bros. Dimensions

  3. You could also argue the Tales franchise might had some influence on their decision. Then again, I’m basing that on my experience w/ the franchise which is limited soley to the two Symphonia games but they pretty much controlled similarly when it came to special moves.

  4. Tell us something else we couldn’t guess at, Namco.XD
    I mean, seriously, this is hardly news. Anyone who can connect the dots of your past experience would equate that same experience to being one of the reasons you were chosen for this task, whether you mentioned it to us or not.

    What I want to know is, how are you going to change STAPLE CHARACTERS?
    You nerfed so many in Brawl, and buffed a few, but in general there were pretty big changes all around.
    I’m praying you won’t nerf Link any more than you already have, at the very least, for the next Smash.
    Even though a good player could still pull out some great rounds from him, he was still placed in low-tier for a few good reasons.
    Let’s see you bring him back up to being great again, shall we?

    1. I want them to update the move sets. Some characters are getting into their 4th game, they need a revamp. Link especially, his specials just blow ass, besides the Spin Attack, yet his sword is OP -.-‘

      1. Just say you’re not good playing as Link, and you’d be saying the same thing as what you just said with this post.

        It’s up to the player to ensure that the character is a good fighter.

        1. I’m more than willing to admit that I’m not a top-tier Link player.
          But I don’t need to be a top tier pro with him to notice the degradation he has suffered throughout the series so far, dude.
          He’s a good fighter, sure, but there is a reason his potential placed him dead last in official tiers.
          I’d like to see him move back into middle tier, at least.

      2. His sword is OP?
        Bro, he hits like a light-weight, or just above it, unless you’re talking his down-stab or both hits of his down-smash combined[the only truly good thing the Boomerang ever did in Brawl outside of edge-guarding was allowing both hits to land, with a bit of set-up] and his spin attack in Brawl doesn’t come close to the potential it had in Melee.
        In Melee, start one early and if the opponent ran into it, they’d be sent flying back and down. It was a truly OP gimping move against recovering opponents.
        Now his spin attack has lost that on top of most of its power, unless you charge it and leave yourself vulnerable by doing so, and its ability to hit his own bombs in mid-air so that the explosion could be used to grant him another jump at the cost of damage.
        His other specials suffered some damage reduction as well, from what I can tell.

    1. see, one thing i like about Namco Bandai developing Super Smash Bros 4 is they have experience with fighting games, so with them developing it and Sakurai overlooking production, it could be here a little bit earlier without it being completely rushed, unlike Brawl, where it was REALLY good but took 3 years but Meta Knight was WAYYY overpowered.

        1. me too, seriously hope the 3ds version is as good as the console versions, wanna be able to have a full Smash Bros experience wherever I go

  5. You guys know the characters have to be iconic nintendo characters right? That have to have importance. If they add Pacman or birdo then the smash series has died.

      1. Sonic and Snake are not just ANY third-party characters. They’re iconic in their own right. Don’t lump them in with anyone else.

    1. I dont think they NEED to be iconic, and theres a sort of level to their importance, but i hate when people are like, “oh put birdo, geno, tingle, toad” and other obscure characters. Why would anyone want them? Desire characters that are actually important to a series, like Ridley and Dark Samus, King K Rool, Krystal, Vaati, Ghiriham, even Blue/Gary from Pokemon would be a good choice, rather than some everyone bangin on about Mewtwo whos worse than Lucario, whos actually good

    2. I’ll have to disagree with you there. Because like Eric said, brawl would’ve been a dead weight game that would’ve screwed up the smash bros series but instead still did awesome with sonic and snake.

      Now if Namco doesn’t put at least one tales of character, one tekken character, and pacman in it then i’ll be confused. Plus they should do like they did in brawl, have other well known and high profile characters who didn’t make it in the roster to be there as assist trophies, like shadow and isaac from golden sun

    3. ok u call pacman i useless character ok he and other pacman characters were in a racing game alongside mario and characters from the mario series

    1. Im still curious who the 3DS and WiiU versions will work together…cross play is unlikely, but i wouldnt be surprised. Maybe you can make community levels on both, or trade trophies, ect

  6. Lloyd, Pacman, and Mega Man as playable characters and Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clide (PAC man ghosts) and Zero as assist trophies wouldn’t be an overkill

  7. wow this going to be awesome can’t wait imagine my Mario doing capoera lol just joking can’t wait to see how is going to come out

  8. 1 Capcom character and 1 Namco character. Remove Sonic & Snake (they were guests and only meant for Brawl) and that’s all the 3rd Party I would be fine with.

  9. I hope namco bandai ruins the game :) Playstation all stars is better than that piece of crap ! Even though I hate both Sony and nintendo ..atleast sony makes quality stuff unlike SHITENDO with their shovelware and unfinished games and endless SEQUALS ..SONY AND MICROFT DESTROY SHITENDO !! PC FTW :)

    1. I hope namco bandai ruins the game :) Playstation all stars is better than that piece of crap ! Even though I hate both Sony and nintendo ..atleast sony makes quality stuff unlike SHITENDO with their shovelware and unfinished games and endless SEQUALS ..SONY AND MICROFT DESTROY SHITENDO !! PC FTW :)
      I hope namco bandai ruins the game :) Playstation all stars is better than that piece of crap ! Even though I hate both Sony and nintendo ..atleast sony makes quality stuff unlike SHITENDO with their shovelware and unfinished games and endless SEQUALS ..SONY AND MICROFT DESTROY SHITENDO !! PC FTW :)
      I hope namco bandai ruins the game :) Playstation all stars is better than that piece of crap ! Even though I hate both Sony and nintendo ..atleast sony makes quality stuff unlike SHITENDO with their shovelware and unfinished games and endless SEQUALS ..SONY AND MICROFT DESTROY SHITENDO !! PC FTW :)
      I hope namco bandai ruins the game :) Playstation all stars is better than that piece of crap ! Even though I hate both Sony and nintendo ..atleast sony makes quality stuff unlike SHITENDO with their shovelware and unfinished games and endless SEQUALS ..SONY AND MICROFT DESTROY SHITENDO !! PC FTW :)

    2. What do you mean you hope Namco Bandai ruins the game? Are you insisting that if Namco Bandai didn’t help with the game, Super Smash Bros would remain awesome? You shouldn’t even like Super Smash Bros. overall! You’re not a true troll, are you?

      You SHOULD’VE said something like “Doesn’t matter if Namco Bandai helps make the next Super Smash Bros. or not, It already sucks ass anyway! GO PEE SEA!”

      You’re a phony!

      HEY! THIS GUY’S A GREAT BIG PHONY!

      THAT’S RIGHT! YOU’RE A BIG FAT PHONY!

      HEY! YOU KNOW WHO LIVES IN THIS HOUSE?! A GREAT BIG PHONY! THAT’S RIGHT, A PHONY LIVES HERE! A BIG FAT PHONY!

    1. They won’t put in alot of females coz Nintendo is gay and they like men ..if they put in more females shittendo would be worried that it will make the game rated M coz their pussies and only make PG and preschool games …

      1. That’s were you are wrong and delusional. Most Nintendo players from the 80s and 90s married women and had children. Nintendo fans are world wide and mature ( in this case wise ) people. 95% of female gamers play Nintendo, meaning sony, xbox and pc players usually hang out with other boys and men all the time. Run that through your logic, hope your brain does not explode due to the sense I just pumped into it.

  10. Sakurai’s going to have to find a way to retain the feel of the Smash Bros. series while making it completely new for Wii U and 3DS. Namco have a lot of experience in very complex fighting games and though the SSB fighting style is simple, the Wii U Gamepad and 3DS can change the game completely.

  11. GOKU FOR THE WIN put him in there.us Mario vs. Goku ,that shit would be hard. I can see now kamaha as as a charge up attack like samus and shit ki balls and blitz for his reg specials and his super would be ssj and everything UP like his charge up kamahama becomespecially instant super kamagamahs and his kind balls becomes super fast and instead of blitz he able to uae Instanttransmission to fight for a limited time or if so chose to he can PUT all that energy into a spirit bomb and destroy the stage as effect of him useing that super special and his basic fighting style and his able to fly for a period of time while ki bar is charge up under his health and fly unlimited in special mode and eating a senzu bean would be his taunt 1 per match and his grab a furry of ki wave blows and what every ESLE they could come up with but if it had goku in it I WOULD BUY THIS GAME AS SOON AS IT IS release, i would camp outside for it. BANDAI make it happen ps

    1. Umm… yeah… Namco Bandai would have to get the license. Not to mention Nintendo’s rule is Video Game Characters Only. Because Goku originated from an anime…?

      Sorry, this decision is completely out of Namco Bandai’s purview.

        1. Whether they get the license or not, Dragonball Z was NOT created by Namco Bandai. They’re in charge of the games, sure.

          But that has got absolutely nothing to do with Nintendo’s rule, of having characters only that originated from video games.

  12. That’s were you are wrong and delusional. Most Nintendo players from the 80s and 90s married women and had children. Nintendo fans are world wide and mature ( in this case wise ) people. 95% of female gamers play Nintendo, meaning sony, xbox and pc players usually hang out with other boys and men all the time. Run that through your logic, hope your brain does not explode due to the sense I just pumped into it.

    1. cual crees que es el color me1s hortera? Es para que me haga juego con el motdidaennes, el rosario fluorescente, la camisa abierta, el giorgi, y las gafas de torrente XDMetroid other M, en esta presentacif3n, me resultf3 especialmente atractivo, con Zelda, los graficos no se si me acaban de gustar, no por el cel shading sino por el uso que se le de1 y me1s que nada los disef1os de enemigos, bastante malos. El escenario parece muy de demo, pero al menos parece que sere1n me1s continuados y grandes (espero que, de ser Hyrule, la geografeda sea muy distinta).

  13. I love Tekken and i love the Super Smash series, if both games come together, Super Smash would be fucking Sony and Microsoft together!!

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