Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada has shared his thoughts on why he thinks Nintendo chose Namco Bandai to help work on the upcoming Super Smash Bros. games for the 3DS and Wii U. Here is what Harada said:
“I think Nintendo chose us just because Smash Brothers is a fighting game. We have over 17 years of continuously developing titles in our franchise [Tekken], I think they felt we were a choice for that. Also, we’ve continually developed a very good relationship with Nintendo. Maybe not necessarily in the public spotlight but kind of behind the scenes. We have established a very good working relationship with them. Not just Nintendo, but as a company, we have a very good relationship with Sakurai-san at Sora as well. I think that we are in very good position to make a great game for the Smash Brothers series.”
Having a company that has been working on the Tekken fighting series for 17 years sounds like a good reason to have them hop on board for the development of the next Super Smash Bros. titles. We will just have to wait and see how this partnership pans out!