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Nintendo Direct JP: next Super Smash Bros from Namco

Friday, 22nd June 2012 04:36 GMT By Brenna Hillier

During the Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation, president and CEO Satoru Iwata confirmed a new Super Smash Bros game is in production – at Namco Bandai.

Nintendo Direct Japan

3DS LL announced.

The next Super Smash Bros game will be developed by Namco Bandai and Project Sora.

New Super Mario Bros 2 will have paid DLC.

Animal crossing is still a thing; it hits Japan in northern autumn.

The Namco Bandai team will work in collaboration with Project Sora, the developer of Kid Icarus: Uprising, rather than usual Smash Bros team HAL.

The project will be led by series creator Masahiro Sakurai. Namco Bandai’s Kenya Kobayashi will serve as producer; his credits include Tales of Vesperia.

The new game is expected on 3DS and Wii U.

Elsewhere in the broadcast, Nintendo showed Wii titles Project Zero II, the Kirby 20th anniversary collection, and Dragon Quest X. The DS was favoured with Pokemon Black & White 2.

The 3DS showcase included a card battling RPG called Culdcept; Pocket Soccer League Web; Atlus RPG Soul Hackers; Lost Heroes; Samurai Warriors Chronicles 2; what seemed to be a game starring idol group AKB48; Ex Trooper; Project X Zone; Bravely Default: Flying Fairy; and a new Dr Kawashima game called Onitore.

When New Super Mario Bros 2 was shown, Iwata noted that players will be able to buy new Coin Rush levels as premium DLC.

Iwata then introduced the first hardware revision for the 3DS, a larger unit called LL. Internationally, it will be called the XL. The top screens is 4.88″ across, and the bottom is 4.18″ as opposed to the 3.02″ of the base 3DS. Externally, the dimensions are 93x165x22mm, and weighs in at 336g. It will come in white, red and silver in Japan.

Nintendo claims the screen – which doesn’t have a black border like the core 3DS – is 90% bigger. Otherwise, apart from the size jump, it looked identical – it didn’t pack in an extra analog nub, for example. It hits Japan on July 28 for ¥18,900, and will be bundled with New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Onitore.

Nintendo then showed an art and drawing suite for 3DS before segueing into the much-requested Animal Crossing 3DS. Players will take on the role of mayor, will be able to welcome friends to their towns via StreetPass, and the game launches in Japan during northern autumn. Next up was a baffling eShop game, and an AR card battler which runs to four volumes of physical cards.

A number of new demos were added to the Japanese eShop during the presentation, and the presentation closed with a new Dragon Quest X trailer and gameplay explanation.

Details and territory-specific information are expected in the US and European presentations later today.

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4 Comments

  1. Dragon246

    “Iwata then introduced the first hardware revision for the 3DS, a larger unit called LL”
    This after miyamoto says they are more interested in successor of 3ds than its hardware revision.
    Also what did they improve? A hardware revision without circle pad pro.
    This is exactly what I expected out of ninty hardware revision. They want to make money out of separate accessory instead of adding it to hardware and making the hardware revision worthwhile.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Ireland Michael

    Can’t go wrong with a new Super Smash Bros.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. absolutezero

    Japan Time returns!

    There better be another Sakurai blog/site/reveals. God that was amazing for Brawl.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. ManuOtaku

    I dont know if i will be excited by this news or not, the last time namco did a nintendo franchise game was star fox for the gamecube, and the game was so-so at best, but fighting games are their strong thing, i dont know how too feel about this announcement, really.

    #4 2 years ago

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