[UPDATE] Namco Bandai Is Developing The Next Super Smash Bros
Posted on Thursday, June 21 @ 21:51:00 Eastern by Daniel Bischoff
Nintendo revealed today that Masahiro Sakurai, long time lead designer on the Super Smash Bros. series and fresh off of Kid Icarus: Uprising for the Nintendo 3DS, will be heading up a team of Namco Bandai developers for the next installment of the Super Smash Bros series.
The next Smash game will release for both the 3DS and Wii U and will feature some sort of cross play between the two. Working side by side with Sakurai will be Masaya Kobayashi and Yoshito Higuchi from the Ridge Racer and Tales development teams respectively.
It should be noted that Super Smash Bros. Brawl saw support from a handful of different studios, not entirely owned by Nintendo and that the company has entrusted key franchises to outside developers on occasion, notably Metroid: Other M with Team Ninja of Tecmo Koei.
[UPDATE]: Masahiro Sakurai has issued a statement regarding the collaboration between Nintendo and Namco Bandai Games:
So... Sakurai is the lead but... almost all the work is being done by Bamco? Namco's Masaya Kobayashi added:
We'll have more as the story develops.
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