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Tekken producer says why he thinks Nintendo chose Namco Bandai for Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS

by rawmeatcowboy
25 August 2012
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"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." - Katsuhiro Harada, Tekken series producer

I won't lie...after the Team Ninja/Metroid collaboration, I'm worried about Nintendo pairing with other companies on major franchises. Namco Bandai gets the benefit of the doubt for now. I'm hoping things turn out just fine!