We know that a new Super Smash Bros. game is in development for Nintendo’s Wii U and 3DS. We know that development of the game is being outsourced to Namco-Bandai. That’s about all we knew, until creator Masahiro Sakurai recently shared a precious few new details. Sakurai-san says that the developers won’t be making a drastic change to the series’ signature game-play, adding that they’re looking at ways to slightly change or freshen the formula without overdoing it.
Sakurai-san also says they’re experimenting with new control schemes to take advantage of the Wii U’s hardware, and that “the GameCube controller isn’t the only way to control Smash Bros.“. Finally, Sakurai-san commented on Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s third party characters. Although he says Sonic and Snake were “fantastic” additions, he recognizes that adding too many non-Nintendo characters may have a negative impact on the core point of the series. That point, in case you forgot, is to bring classic Nintendo characters together to claw each other’s eyes out.
Although development is being outsourced, it’s great to see that Nintendo is keeping a close watch on the next game in the celebrated Smash Bros. series.