Now, while this might seem like a godsend to the pro community, let's not be too hasty to applaud NAMCO here. While Tekken and SoulCalibur have been decently balanced over the years, the Naruto series is fairly unplayable on a competitive level. In addition, all of these games are 3D in nature, while Smash is a 2D fighter.
What does this mean for the future of Smash? Well, it means a lot of things. Most likely, this new Smash iteration could be balanced for a competitive crowd, at least in some aspects. Just how balanced the game will end up being is a matter of speculation, but at least this time they will try.
NAMCO Bandai also has a love for putting guest fighters into their games, so we're likely to see some NAMCO Bandai favorites enter the fray this time. Perhaps Siegfried from SoulCalibur or Jin from Tekken. In fact, NAMCO Bandai guest fighters have been popping up all over the place recently. Heihachi will be a fighter in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and who can forget the fact that Street Fighter X Tekken exists?
In fact, it seems now more than ever that companies have been able to work together to cross IP barriers, so we will probably see a lot of guest characters this time around. Who knows if Snake and Sonic will come back? But we're pretty sure NAMCO Bandai will do their best to make this happen anyway.
The big question is, will this new Smash Bros. have staying power? To be fair, it's kind of hard to tell until we see some gameplay. The Smash crowd was pretty disappointed in Brawl, even though they still bought it, and the market base for this new Smash is seriously reduced as a result. If we get another unbalanced random tripping fest, the popularity of the series could start to decline rather rapidly.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Date: July 18, 2012
*The views expressed within this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not express the views held by Cheat Code Central. This week's is also purely a work of fiction*