Keen for the new Super Smash Bros? You might be waiting a while…

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At E3, Nintendo exlaimed that there’d be a new Smash Brothers coming for the Wii U, and that it would interface with the version that’s headed for the 3DS. Exciting stuff right? A new Smash Brothers on the way soon! Well, dial that enthusiasm a little, because according to project head Project Sora head Masahiro Sakurai neither version is coming for quite some time.

“Right now, we’re devoting all our manpower to working on Kid Icarus,” Project Sora head Masahiro Sakurai said in leading Japanese magazine Famitsu. “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,” he said before making a snide remark about the E3 bombshell “and I’m not sure it’s the smartest thing to make gamers wait for several years, but the early announcement was made chiefly in order to attract new team members.”

“Project Sora had intended to make a 3DS Smash Bros. once it had finished up a game on the system and had gotten used to the hardware’s feature set,” he wrote. “With the advent of the Wii U, though, we had a choice to make. Iwata asked us if wanted to make the next Smash Bros. on the Wii U or 3DS, and my thought was that we had to go on both platforms.If we went solely for the Wii U,” he surmised, “the HD graphics would really bump up the visual effects, but then we’d be stuck in another arms race. If we made this game another extension over 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 it.”

“It wouldn’t be a fruitful competition, but doing something completely new would be difficult for many reasons, not 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.”

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So there you go; it’ll possibly be several years before you get to Pit Nintendo’s greatest characters against each other again. Hopefully the online will work properly this time too.

Source : 1Up

Last Updated: June 23, 2011

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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