Sakurai wants to make a game for VR, but not Smash Bros.

Masahiro Sakurai says he's excited about the potential for virtual reality for games, but not for this year's Smash Bros. game.

Super Smash Bros. designer Masahiro Sakurai is excited about the potential for virtual reality in games, but Smash Bros. fans shouldn't get their hopes up about this year's game using the headset technology.

"Sadly, such a device is ill-suited for the Smash Bros. game I'm working on right now," Sakurai said in this week's issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu (via Kotaku). He went on to say that if he gets to make a first-person 3D game someday, he hopes that it could use VR in some way.

As for the games he'd like to play in VR, Sakurai said, "Personally, I'd like to play Jumping Flash! It'd probably be quite scary, though. You could probably make a crazy Love Plus game as well. A horror game like Resident Evil or Fatal Frame could be good, too."

Sakurai maintains that VR is well-suited for driving games, because "having two concepts of direction--like the movement of a tank and the rotation of its cannon--is quite complex."

VR for gaming is still very early days. Various prototypes for the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheus are up and running, including dogfighting game EVE: Valkyrie, but there's no word yet on when the head-mounted displays will be available publicly or what games will be available at release.

The next Super Smash Bros. game launches this year, first on 3DS before coming later to the Wii U.

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deadpen
deadpen

Well it is nice to hear since VR is really more for first person view.

Hekteur
Hekteur

Metroid!!! Give us the Metroid Prime formula on a VR system. I promise I sell my soul to anyone who gives me a VR Metroid game.


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Can say the same for Zelda or Mario Kart.

Nev3rtime
Nev3rtime

I had many issues with Skyward Sword but it seems like an ideal candidate to be ported to make a really interesting first person VR experience. They could take the opportunity to fix some of the problems with that hugely creative game.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

There's already a OR game that is based on the original TLOZ. complete with 8 bit goodness. 

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

I'm not hugely into VR, but a new Pilot Wings would be great for it.

jrcast84
jrcast84

With Nintendo franchises in mind I could see an F-Zero game with a cockpit view and maybe a Star Fox FPS where you can get in/out of the ship.

DarthMallrat
DarthMallrat

Another day, another VR news article at GameSpot. Meh.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

Super Smash in VR....no, it wouldnt work, but it would be interesting to see what kind of game he has in his mind

jrcast84
jrcast84

I dont think VR works well with the third person view point. For the most part flight sims, fps work the best.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Hey wait a minute, is Nintendo doing there own VR? I know Sony and MS are committed to VR but I have not heard Nintendo say anything about doing there VR device but I don't understand why Sakuari is talking about bringing Smash Bros. to VR if Nintendo is not involve VR.

playstationzone
playstationzone

Im 100% sure VR wont sell  RIP VR Again.  Plus did Ninendo went down this road before with VR since was worst think they ever did.

iblind77
iblind77

I'd play the original Super Mario Bros. in VR :)

jeremyc99999
jeremyc99999

@freedom01 I believe it will work, just think of it as kind of an animated board game with the ability to give SSB much larger levels without tv screen size restrictions.

parkapal
parkapal

While he was employed by Nintendo for a long time, shortly before Brawl was being developed he did leave and found/head an independent studio that just contracts with Nintendo now. He/they could work with whatever tech and whoever they want to on their next/future projects. The guy is interested in VR but clarifying any projects wouldn't be along the lines of the Smash Bros games he's most famous for/associated with.

Nev3rtime
Nev3rtime

@playstationzone  They never had vr. The virtual boy had no features that aren't replicated better by the 3ds.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

Thats what I bascally said when I said the gameplay will have to become something like J Star Victory Vs, check it out in youtube and youll see what I mean

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Umm Shinjuki, what freedom01 is saying that VR in fighting games may not work in VR, he didn't say for other games. As for me, we don't know if VR is a hit or miss at this time so all of us gamers are just speculating, don't be a jerk.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

@shinjuki @freedom01  really, a 4 player game who are pitted into fighting each other and are only allowed to move from left to right., Unless they change the gameplay to something like J Star Victory VS, the VR just doesnt work with the gameplay that Super Smash has