You ready to brawl your way through the competition in the next Smash Bros game? Then you might wanna pop in the Wii version because for now, that’s all you will get. Those of you exited to get the next installment of the very popular franchise will have to wait for some time as Masahiro Sakurai, Sora Ltd founder and head of the Team working on the popular series reveals that the game is not in production yet.
“Right now, we’re devoting all our manpower to working on Kid Icarus,” Sakurai states to Famitsu, which was translated by 1UP “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 in order to attract new team members.”
He also reveals that the company was and is very familiar with the 3DS system, but when the Wii U was unveiled he was given the choice of either developing the next installment on the 3Ds or Wii. He decided it would be best to develop the game on both platforms.
“If we went solely for the Wii U,” he states, “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.”
Even though the game will take time to be released, the experience that will be offered on 3DS and Wii U technology will hopefully make it a unique and exiting game, and truly set it apart from past versions. Let’s just hope it doesn’t involve too much swinging and moving on the 3DS version, or else I might end up loosing more than just my match.