If you were hoping a new emerging challenger would be Hiatchi in the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS instalments of the next Super Smash Bros. title, you’re out of luck. The head of the series, Masahiro Sakurai, is lukewarm about including superfluous characters.
Pac-Man in a fighting game seems a little … misplaced, but could realistically happen, in the next Super Smash Bros. entry
I’m not the biggest Super Smash Bros. fan – for me it’s more a party game rather than a play-every-night-of-the-week title. However, I recognize it’s popularity. I also recognize that including Tekken characters in the game doesn’t fit (hardly the semi-cartoon vibe Smash Bros. evokes), and the head of the series agrees.
Game Director and Designer on the series, Mashario Sakurai, said in an interview with IGN the fundamental game system is complete and therefore complicated controls or a move to 3D won’t be introduced. Sakurai is thinking of ways to create a slightly different experience, though, while maintaining the chaotic gameplay.
This also means GamePad functionality is going to be considered, and Sakurai admitted the development team is looking at the controller. We’ve seen a mixture of uninspiring and original GamePad functionality: there’s an inventory accessible through the controller in Batman: Arkham City: Armored Edition, while FIFA 13 allows matches to be controlled from the touch screen.
Maybe Not Tekken Characters, But Pac-Man?
Tekken characters don’t seem to be a natural fit for Sakurai, though he didn’t explicitly say no. Namco Bandai Games is co-developing the title, thus conclusions are drawn, but Pac-Man probably fits into the overall aesthetic of Smash Bros.
I feel like to get the most enjoyment out of Super Smash Bros, you need to be into the mechanics. It really felt like a mess-around game to me, especially with friends who know as little as me. Perhaps I’m just not into fighting games as a whole, though. I find them boring within hours because the game mechanics require lots of time to be invested, which isn’t why I play video games. I don’t want to learn something to enjoy the game. It should be accessible as soon as the game is booted.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS has no release date. Wii U is releasing by the end of 2012.