Smash Bros series creator Masahiro Sakurai has told Famitsu that it may take ‘several years’ for the next Smash Bros game to come to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Sakurai is currently focussing on getting Kid Icarus: Uprising ready for release later this year, and just doesn’t have the time to commit to a Smash Bros title at present.
“Right now, we’re devoting all our manpower to working on Kid Icarus: Uprising. We’ve got no plans whatsoever — we’ve got two new games out in the open when there’s no extra time to work with them at all. It makes me cringe, and I’m not sure it’s the smartest thing to make gamers wait for several years, but the early announcement was made chiefly to attract new team members.”
“If we went solely for the Wii U, the HD graphics would really bump up the visual effects, but then we’d be stuck in another arms race,” he said. “If we made the game another extension over the previous one, we’d have to cut out the new things we could possibly do on the 3DS hardware and compete with ourselves again over the size of the character roster and the amount of gameplay we can put in it.”
“It wouldn’t be a fruitful competition, but doing something completely new would be difficult for many reasons, not the least of which that the gamers may not be satisfied with it. That’s why we decided to think about ways to link the personal connection one has with his portable system to the gather-around-and-play aspect of console systems.”