E3 2013: Sakurai: Namco Characters Not a Priority in Smash Bros.

Friday, June 14th, 2013

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E3 2013: Nintendo Direct- Super Smash Bros

Fans eager to see Tales, Tekken, or other Namco Bandai characters in the next Super Smash Bros. may be left disappointed to hear that Masahiro Sakurai will not prioritize them for the roster, despite the company’s involvement.

According to a recent interview, Sakurai stated that just because Namco Bandai cooperated in developing Smash Bros., that does not mean he will be giving special consideration for third-party characters. According to the game’s director, Smash Bros. is still considered “an all-star collection of Nintendo characters,” and only under certain occasions can he decide to add third-party characters like Mega Man, Solid Snake, or Sonic the Hedgehog.

E3 2013: Nintendo Direct- Super Smash Bros.

“Adding third-party characters should be considered a very special case,” says Sakurai. Getting these characters into the roster is a huge challenge when a lot work and arrangements that have to be done to satisfy every party (fans, property owners, staff, developers, etc.). Sakurai does, however, acknowledge the volumes of requests by fans concerning the inclusions for third-party characters. Even with Nintendo properties like Pokémon, adding characters is challenging due to the amount of parties involved, and the wrangling that ensues.

It’s a tough pill to swallow for fans at the moment, but the roster is still small, and there may be some hope that a Namco Bandai character may enter Smash. It won’t be by a long-shot, unfortunately; but Sakurai does contemplate on a lot concerning design choices, like content and attacks. We’ll see what happens in later updates.

On another note, Mega Man creator, Keiji Inafune, writes that he is “ecstatic” to see the Blue Bomber in the fighter’s roster, adding that he cannot wait to play as Mega Man, and beat his kids at Smash Bros. Perhaps the special occasion behind Mega Man’s inclusion is that it’s Capcom’s 30th anniversary.

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About Andy Na

Andy was a member at Operation Rainfall since the beginning of its campaigning days. Though something of a troublemaker at the time, he now contributes to Operation Rainfall and shares his love for all things gaming and the visual arts. His favorite games include Xenoblade Chronicles, Kid Icarus Uprising, and No More Heroes. Andy currently holds a Bachelors degree in Cinema, which he uses to pursue filmmaking.




  • Vinicius

    The only Nanco charachters that I want on smash bros. are Kalas or Sagi from Baten Kaitos, and maybe KOS-MOS.

  • Shooooop

    Wait… this doesn’t really make sense because Namco already said there will be characters in it since they are working on it… I wonder if Namco is aware that Nintendo’s pulling a fast-one on them like this.

    • prometheus126

      Learn to read.

  • HeroOfGames16

    Please let Lloyd Irving or Sanger Zonvolt (or one of the Super Robot Taisen robots) appear in the game!

  • HeroOfGames16

    Also… I hope Sonic returns this time as well.

  • Ben Baker

    You already know Pac-Man’s going to be in it at some point; this is just trying to discourage fans from rabbidly suggesting other Namco characters like Lloyd and such (though I do want Lloyd a ton).
    @disqus_0ff1xfufhT:disqus; I think Baten Katios is owned by Nintendo now, since they published Origins, and now wholly own Monolith Soft. I’m not 100% sure that they own the rights to the series, but I believe they do.

    • Vinicius

      Since last time I checked, less than a month ago, Namco still owns the rights to Batan Kaitos.

    • Ben Baker

      Well that sucks. I guess that’s why there wasn’t a Baten Katios 3… Maybe these improved relations between Nintendo and Namco could lead to it after X is finished? We can hope.

      In other news, you coincidentally led me to discover trademarkia, so now I can actually find who owns the rights to stuff like Battletanx and games from other defunct companies.

  • James Best

    Lloyd Irving!

  • Insigma

    There are too many Tales characters that fans want and if Sakurai were to allow Tales characters, he could only include so many. And with the Tales fandom being the way it is… NOBODY’S gonna be happy.

    • Tara

      I’m a big fan of the Tales series… I don’t want any Tales characters in SSB4, though.

      I’m also a big fan of Mega Man, and believe it or not, the MM fanbase also has whiners right now. “WHY IS IT CLASSIC MEGA MAN? WHY NOT X? WHY NOT ZERO? WHY NOT SOMEONE FROM ZX? WHY NOT VOLNUTT? WHY NOT EXE?” It’s pitiful. I’m glad Mega Man is getting any freaking acknowledgement here, and people are honestly complaining about which one was chosen. >.>

      So as a Tales fan, I don’t want Tales characters in. If ANY Namco Bandai characters get into this game, Pac-Man MAYBE. (Rumors say that Pac-Man is actually planned, though.)

  • TwinTails

    I heard rumors they were just going to let Pac-Man be the only Namco character.

  • John Ellis

    Shame I would of preferred a Namco character over a Capcom character any day. They could of had a Tales of character or Alucard from Castlevania.

  • Wii Fit Trainer? lol

    Yeah we wouldn’t want interesting characters. Better scrape the Nintendo barrel and throw in more worthless characters like a Mii with a tennis racket.

  • Mike Misiorowski

    Even though I’m not getting my hopes up I would like to see Lloyd Irving, maybe as a 3DS version exclusive since it looks like the 3DS version is using cel shaded animation which fits Tales of Symphonia perfectly.

    That being said I’ll be happy so long as sonic doesn’t make another appearance, all of my hardcore smash fan friends and I would groan anytime somebody picked him and then quickly go to the setting and turn smash orbs off.

    Or if they don’t remove him I would at least like to see his skill set changed, he’s a very cheap fighter as is.

    ALSO MORE WARIO!