Iwata and Sakurai discuss Smash Bros, Wii U, and more

– talk of creating another Smash Bros. began internally soon after the launch of Brawl
– Iwata thought that it might not be fair to ask Sakurai to create a Smash Bros. game for 3DS after just wrapping Brawl
– Kid Icarus: Uprising was decided as Project Sora’s first game, as a way to build up knowledge of the platform
– newly hired staff at Project Sora had no idea that they were coming on-board to work on a Smash Bros. game after Kid Icarus
– Sakurai new automatically that a new Smash would be requested for both 3DS and Wii U
– Sakurai feels that just adding in new characters, better graphics and more stages wouldn’t be the right path for this new Smash Bros.
– Sakurai believes a portable Smash experience allows for new ideas, but it also becomes more personal than the console experience
– both Iwata and Sakurai said that adding an element of growing your character through in-game experience would ruin the game
– Sakurai would like to see players build up their character on 3DS and then take them over to Wii U to show off
– this would make the “personal” portable space and the stadium-like “public” console space mesh together
– Wii U’s power could lead to 60 frames per second visuals, high quality graphics, dynamic effects, and smooth character movements
– Sakurai feels the connectivity between both games is very important
– Sakurai wants the 3DS version to be a slightly different experience than what we’re used to
– he’d like to have players helping one-another
– while Sakurai has headed up areas of Smash Bros. games like game balance and character strength settings, he’s hoping to have the staff take that on for these titles
– first plans for the game’s development is basic gameplay systems of Smash Bros. X to 3DS and Wii U
– Sakurai warns that if he can’t find the right staffers to work with, he’ll either take 5 years to make the game with a small team, or end up making just one version of the game

It is exciting that we are going to get two versions of Smash Bros. within the same generatio, and I doubt that Sakurai will follow up with the 5 years or 1 version thing, it sounds more like an empty threat to me. The Wii U version sounds like it is going to be absolutely fantastic and by the sounds of what Nintendo is doing with online now, we will finally get a true online Smash experience.

Also does anyone else think that we are going to start seeing more cross-platform games happening now between Wii U and 3DS?

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