Namco Bandai are currently working on Smash Bros Wii U with Masahiro Sakurai's team and in the build up to the launch of the Nuintendo's new console, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 producer Katsuhiro Harada has been talking up the hardcore credentials of Nintendo's fighting series.
In an interview with Polygon, Harada discussed if Smash Bros could be seen as a serious fighter like his own Tekken game.
According to Harada, Smash Bros should be taken seriously by hardcore fans. "It seems that the motivation behind the players in those core groups is not as different as I initially thought," said the Tekken man.
"I came to this conclusion after seeing them in tournaments, and also after playing Smash Bros more myself and also looking at YouTube videos - I began to see a lot of similarities. So I think if each community surrounding Tekken, Street Fighter and Smash Bros. could look more open-mindedly at each other's games, you might find that there's a lot more similarities and a lot that you'd enjoy about the game, and that can be said for all sides."
It's good to see that Namco Bandai seem to be taking Smash Bros as seriously as the fans themselves. Do you agree that Smash Bros should be seen as a hardcore fighting game?