Super Smash Bros Wii U is co-developed by Namco Bandai

Super Smash Bros Wii U
Nintendo announced via their latest Nintendo Direct segment that Super Smash Bros Wii U and for the 3DS is now co-developed by the guys over at Namco Bandai. The development will be split and Namco Bandai will do most of the work. Following Nintendo’s announcement, producer Masaya Kobayashi said that Namco has put their best teams at work on the Wii U and 3DS titles, teams which have previously worked on fighting games such as Tekken and Soul Calibur. According to Kobayashi, they’re looking to make the “most powerful Super Smash Bros” game to date. Nintendo isn’t known for co-operating on their major franchises, opting to develop those in-house. As far as we know, this will be the first time Nintendo is working on together with another studio on a major title. In this case, it’s two games; Super Smash Bros Wii U and Super Smash Bros 3DS.

Last week, Nintendo game designer Masahiro Sakurai, who’s head of development on the new Smash Bros titles, said that Super Smash Bros Wii U is “years away” and that they just started development. He urged fans to “please be patient”. The new title is expected to be released sometime in 2014.