Welcome to another round of Industry Chatter, our favourite rumour-mill digest. As always, here are the latest whispers and hushed secrets that have managed to crawl out of the woodwork over the past week.
Don’t get too excited about Wii U Super Smash Bros. just yet…
…because Mr. Sakurai has recently tweeted that he won’t start working on the game until he’s completely finished Kid Icarus: Uprising. According to Andriasang, the tweet read as follows:
“I’m currently concentrating on one title, Kid Icarus. Until this wraps up, Smash Bros. will not progress. Of course, characters have not been decided at all.”
And while we’re on the subject of Wii U Smash Bros., there have also been rumours that the new installment in Nintendo’s favourite beat ’em up series will be called Super Smash Bros. Universe, although Nintendo has declined to comment on such speculation.
After reports of a leaked document revealed brand new information about the upcoming title, leaking both the English and Japanese logos for the game, it looks as though the “U” in “Universe” matches the “U” in Wii U’s logo:
The document also speaks about further third-party support, suggesting that even more third-party characters from non-Nintendo developed games could follow in Solid Snake and Sonic’s footsteps. It’s also said to contain information about removing the tripping mechanic that occasionally made players fall over while dashing, as well as boosting Samus’ speed in light of the skills she exhibited in Metroid: Other M.
Phoenix Wright gets a 10th Birthday Party
Announced at the Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright showcase at the Tokyo Games Show, Capcom has said that it’s planning an event to coincide with the 10th Anniversary of the Ace Attorney series. Although there are currently no details about this event might entail, Capcom have promised fans that more information will be revealed on 12th October on the Ace Attorney’s official site.
The World Ends With You 2?
With a cameo in the latest Kingdom Hearts Distance Dream Drop 3DS trailer from the Tokyo Games Show under his belt, Neku might just be about to make a comeback in the handheld RPG sphere.
During an interview with last week’s Famitsu magazine, Tetsuya Nomura said that Neku’s appearance in the trailer could be seen as notice of something to come, also adding that something is being worked on. While not mentioning the words “sequel” or “new game” directly, it’s probably safe to assume that this isn’t the last we’ve seen of this spiky-haired hero.
Why Star Fox 64 3D‘s online multiplayer bit the space bullet
In this month’s issue of Nintendo Official Magazine, Yusuke Amano spoke about the reasons for not including online multiplayer in our favourite barrel-rolling space shooter. He said:
“Personally, I play a lot of online FPS games. This leads me to think that just making multiplayer parts of existing games playable online isn’t enough to create a satisfying experience for users. The popular online games work in lots of things, so they play well online– and if we wanted to satisfy everyone who bought the game, the costs required for including online support would be vast.
“For this project what we needed to do was use Star Fox to provide users with a game that shows the appeal of Nintendo 3DS as quickly as possible. We put a lot of effort into the graphics, and if we had included online support then we couldn’t have reached this level in the time allowed.”
In other words, it was too expensive and the team didn’t have enough time to do it right. Considering 3DS’ struggling sales and the universal blame for a severe lack of games on the system, it seems as though Star Fox 64 3D had no choice but to take one for the team and sit this round of online multiplayer out.
Maybe next time, guys…
However, there may still be hope for future Star Fox titles, as Amano also said:
“If I get the chance to work on another Star Fox title, I would definitely consider an online multiplayer mode.”
Watch this space…
And thus we come to the end of this week’s Industry Chatter. Check back next Tuesday for more morsels of gossipy goodness and be sure to share your thoughts about this week’s rumours in the comments below.