Namco's Role In Super Smash Bros.
Namco Bandai and Nintendo have recently begun development on the upcoming Super Smash Bros.,
which will eventually be headed for the Wii
U as well as the 3DS. This unforeseen involvement of a Third Party developer has brought some people to think that Namco Bandai will implement it's own ideas and characters from popular franchises like Tekken and SoulCalibur. The director of the Tekken series Katsuhiro Harada has assured us that the creator of the Smash Bros, Masahiro Sakurai is overlooking the development of the game and is staying true to the Smash Bros formula and that he remains in control.
Harada also told Dusty Cartridge in an interview that he is more focused on Tekken, which includes the upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2
that will be released on the Wii
"Although weíll help provide support on technology and other things involved creating the game, Iím currently very focused on the Tekken series. Some people might say online that Iím going to be involved in the development process or not but that shouldnít really be an issue because the game design is going to be handled [by] Masahiro Sakurai. So I donít understand why there would be any worries there."
Harada went into detail about the roster and how Sakurai remains in control, yet there have been discussions about adding in popular characters from Namco Bandai into Super Smash Bros.
The feedback was very mixed, there were two camps, one said, ďHarada, youíre very right, we donít need the Tekken characters in Smash Bros, good jobĒ. Itís nice that they agree with me but on the other hand, they themselves donít exactly need Tekken characters in Smash Bros. so itís kind of complex. Then thereís the other half were people saying, ďNo, youíre totally wrong, we want Tekken and SoulCalibur characters in the game ,otherwise why does it need to be developed by Namco Bandai?Ē So thereís really two different sides and itís difficult to choose one. Obviously Iím not going to say to Sakurai, ďWe want Tekken characters, please put it inĒ ó thatís not the case, so people donít 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.
Harada also went into the system's technical power, and expressed his opinion.
People seem to be focusing too much comparing the raw specs to other hardware. You really have to be looking at the capabilities and what features it has.
Despite the worries, Namco Bandai promises to add a little more to the Smash Bros games. Source One Source Two