Nintendo fans were excited to hear the news that a new Super Smash Bros. game would be coming to not just the recently announced Wii U system, but also to the Nintendo 3DS. It will mark the first time that the franchise has appeared on a Nintendo handheld system. In an interview with Famitsu magazine, Project Sora director of software development Masahiro Sakurai confirmed the disappointing news.
“Right now, we’re devoting all our manpower to working on Kid Icarus,” Sakurai says. “We’ve got no plans whatsoever. We’ve got two new games out in the open when there’s no extra time to work with them at all. It makes me cringe, and I’m not sure it’s the smartest thing to make gamers wait for several years, but the early announcement was made chiefly in order to attract new team members.”
He went on to talk about the plans for the 3DS and how they changed with Wii U. “Project Sora had intended to make a 3DS Smash Bros. once it had finished up a game on the system and had gotten used to the hardware’s feature set. With the advent of the Wii U, though, we had a choice to make. Iwata asked us if we wanted to make the next Smash Bros. on the Wii U or 3DS, and my thought was that we had to go on both platforms.”