Wii U, 3DS Smash Bros. still 'years' away - Report

Project Sora head Masahiro Sakurai says all his studio's resources are devoted to Kid Icarus completion.

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Nintendo launched the 3DS in March, and one of the biggest criticisms leveled at the device was the absence of big-name first-party franchises available for the new device. With many of those franchises--including Mario Kart, Star Fox, Super Mario, and Kid Icarus--confirmed for release this year, the publisher said at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo that the Smash Bros. franchise is also en route for the 3DS and newly unveiled Wii U console.

Don't expect a new Smash Bros. anytime soon.
Don't expect a new Smash Bros. anytime soon.

Unfortunately, it appears as if gamers won't be seeing those new installments in the crossover 2D fighter franchise anytime soon. As part of a weekly column in Famitsu magazine (translated by 1Up), Project Sora director of software development Masahiro Sakurai confirmed that the two Smash Bros. games are still several years off.

"Right now, we're devoting all our manpower to working on Kid Icarus," Sakurai wrote. "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."

Sakurai went on to note that while his studio was prepared to bring the Smash Bros. franchise to the 3DS, plans for the Wii U installment were a bit more impromptu.

"Project Sora had intended to make a 3DS Smash Bros. once it had finished up a game on the system and had gotten used to the hardware's feature set," he wrote. "With the advent of the Wii U, though, we had a choice to make. Iwata asked us if we wanted to make the next Smash Bros. on the Wii U or 3DS, and my thought was that we had to go on both platforms."

As for why the game will be arriving on both the 3DS and Wii U, Sakurai said that it was the best way to grow the franchise.

"If we went solely for the Wii U, the HD graphics would really bump up the visual effects, but then we'd be stuck in another arms race," he said. "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," he continued. "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."

Nintendo currently expects to launch the Wii U sometime between April 1, 2012, and December 31, 2012. For more on the system, check out GameSpot's Nintendo Wii U: Inside and Out feature.

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Can't wait for Kid Icarus. Was hoping it would have a release date by now; hope it doesn't get pushed into next year. =/

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Hope there will be downloadable content like new characters and stuff!

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Not surprised, knew most of this. They probably will break ground on the 3DS version by years end. It'll probably take almost 3 years to develop each game.

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Well that sucks! I was looking forward to playing it on my 3DS!

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lame!

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@mrzero1982pt2 Are you serious? For one you are grouping mario into one franchise when there are many Mario titles, and you forgot MANY franchises; Mario (platformers), Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Star Fox, and others. I do agree with you that Nintendo's launch titles are often unacceptable.

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@Distinctive_Fin nintendo has what, 4 franchises? pokemon, mario, zelda, and metroid. metroid was outsourced to team ninja, and it flopped. pokemon is their call of duty which comes out every few years and is a hit(i still play it to kill time) mario is basically, now, remakes. ive never said nintendo doesnt make games, i am just saying they expect you to buy it NOW because a good game will be out for it LATER. it shouldnt be like that. remember their "3ds launch window?" you buy it now, and games will be out between now and e3. no console or company should never be like that. ever. it is kinda insulting.

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@shanthjibu you knowww that the new Nintendo Console has already been announced right?... Wii U...

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Tbh its a bit like the last game. The Wii came out in 2006 and SSBB came out in 2008. So if the Wii U is coming out in 2012, that makes it a 2014 release date, likely.

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im predicting a fall 2013 release at the earliest.

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lets be honest. Who cares about Kid Icarus? just start working on this!

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That takes me back... I remember waiting for the original smash bros. on the n64 to come out. Took a full year between japan and EU releases. I even remember a campaign that one magazine ran to get the game to the UK as soon as possible! What a game that was though, I'd be happy just with a port of that with updated graphics and a few extra features

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YES!!! ANOTHER SMASH BROTHERS!!! ^_^

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Nice to see they're putting a lot of effort into the 3DS's "showcase" game. Besides, I can wait for a new SSB. It allows for new Nintendo characters to be used from games yet to come. One of the few irritating things about Melee was that it didn't have any new characters from the GCN era because it came out too early.

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Goddam, Tired of Shooters CAMON bring on the SSBB

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LOL..

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For such an incredible game ...... I'll wait

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Cool, well then, give us Nintendo vs Capcom instead!!

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Aww... sucks its a few years off. :(

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by the time this game comes out, the next wii would prolly be announced

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@HailHellfire Wow, I am surprised you got so many thumbs down man. I think you actually have a very good point. The original Kid Icarus was a very very difficult and punishing game. This new one doesn't appear to be that way, the game seems to be going in a different direction. I can see where you're coming from.

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@ SkeithHaseo122 Wait, there's a mario game on the 3ds now? Or do you mean a ds game?

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We all hate delays,but this isn't really a delay and probably for the best. Their team size isn't big enough to work on too many games at once,and we already have a boatload of games coming this year and early next year. Kirby Wii Kirby Mass Attack Super Mario Paper Mario Mario Kart Luigi's Mansion 2 Kid Icarus Star Fox 64 3D Gotta start saving money!

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no need to sit around and wait time to pull out the 3ds and play some mario

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That's the kind of game you NEED as a launch title.

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I can't wait for the Wii U and Smash Bros to come out

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@BattleOfGrace Several means 3 or 4 years not seven.

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@paranormalnut Thanks, forgot about that one. Even so, Halo and Gears of War are both FPS's, which is great for fans of the Genre, but even my Nintendo hater friends that own a 360 are sick and tired of gun based games. . .

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waaaaaaaahoooo super smash bros omg i really love this game love ya Wii U , am sure that i will buy this console with 3D DS no matter what it cost i will take them yeah .. Wii you deserve everything . thanks

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thats great news... because me buying either a 3ds or a wii u is also years away:)

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7 years? This is gonna be like a Diablo 3 title!

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@ovirew I agree at least he's stating projections that have a higher percent of happening than just whipping up hype

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Great, so now I gotta buy the game for both systems!!lol xD

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Well now I know that Nintendo is going to put high effort into Kid Icarus AND Super Smash bros so im happy :)

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i was & still am a huge fan of the original Kid Icarus... it was my favorite nintendo games, when i was a kid... the new Kid Icarus trailers, look awful... i hope the game is better than it looks for fans &/or newbies introduced to the game... but i don't see myself ever buying the game for the simple fact that it doesn't give me the same fascination that i felt with the original... the original was dark & punishing... it wasn't an easy game... for some reason, it always reminded me of a demented video game that took pleasure in being dark & punishing...

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In fact, was anyone really expecting this game anytime soon? Even when the announced it, it was pretty much guaranteed to be a far away project, and most definitely not a launch title.

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@ bigmouthkid I think a new Smash Bros game should be better than Brawl, of course, but you DO realize that they won't bemaking this game over the full duration of the next few years. It is likely that he said it would take years because they don't even plan on starting to develop it for at least a year or two. The game was simply announced as being a title that would eventually come out, it wasn't said to be in development already.

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only nintendo can delay a game that was barely announced

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"Still 'years' away" from getting a 3DS as well..

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If it's gonna take several years then this new Smash Bros. game better surpass Brawl.

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and this is why I mostly play Xbox 360 now. I have a Wii but mostly play classic Gamecube games and the few good games that came out for the Wii. we had to wait 6 or 7 years for Brawl after Melee so I'm sure we'll wait the same amount of time for the 4th Super Smash Bros. game. don't get me wrong, I'll always love Nintendo. their first party games are usually better than Microsoft's and especially Sony's but they just take way too long to come out with anything new. this is why they don't get as many fans, they haven't had enough third party games to hold people over until the incredible first party games come around.

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bull i have to wait that long for the best nintendo game ever?!?

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I think this will be for the best.

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Seems like they don't know/confuse/unsure which to develop for, 3DS or Wii Ultra.

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At least the wait will be worth it.

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I think the head line should have read: "Nintendo, still years BEHIND"

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At least waiting will build up anticipation hey? I'm looking forward to another smash brothers game. What would be cool is if; you can use your 3DS to play Smash on your Wii U (lets say... if you head to your friends house), and if they could make an online system dedicated to both the 3DS and the Wii U, so that you could vs people regardless of whether what Nintendo system you have... just a thought

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LOL!

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i dont agree Sulaymanqazi2. your just a hater

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Take your time, Nintendo. I got my Wii. 3DS, and Xbox 360 to keep me busy.

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