Namco Bandai characters not being given special consideration for inclusion to Super Smash Bros. Wii U / 3DS roster

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • June 18, 2013 at 9:34 a.m. PDT
Namco Bandai characters not being given special consideration for inclusion to Super Smash Bros. Wii U / 3DS roster With the addition of Mega Man in Nintendo's upcoming free-for-all brawler, many have been curious as to what other third-party characters may be making an appearance. Due to Namco Bandai having a large hand in development for Super Smash Bros. Wii U / 3DS, it is no surprise that fans are expecting to see fighters from their largest franchises such as Tekken, Pac-Man and more.

Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai recently told IGN that although Namco Bandai is working on both Smash titles, their characters will not be receiving any special consideration for being added to the roster.
Just because the game is being cooperatively developed with Namco Bandai involved, that doesn’t at all mean that they’d be given any special consideration for having characters in the game. Smash Bros. can still be considered as an all-star collection of Nintendo characters. Just like with Mega Man or any other third-party character, it would have to be a very special situation.
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Sakurai went on to explain that acquiring third-party characters as playable in Super Smash Bros. is a very grueling process. Even when adding those from the Pokemon franchise, it turned out to be much tougher than many can imagine.

Adding third-party characters should be considered a very special case. In the last game, when we added Sonic and Snake, there were lots of different hoops to jump through as far as getting approvals and making sure all the parties involved were happy with the way things went. You can consider it a very special circumstance for that to happen.

Even in cases like adding Pokemon characters, there are a lot of parties involved and there’s a lot of wrangling. It’s much tougher than people can imagine. I know lots of people have requests and their own ideas about third-party characters that would work, but I want people to understand that adding a third-party character like Mega Man is a very special situation.

If Sakurai decides to toss a Namco Bandai character into Super Smash Bros. Wii U / 3DS, who would you most like to see? Voice your thoughts in the comments below.

Via IGN.
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