There are a variety of different fighting titles that release every year, and any long-standing franchise in this genre has a pretty solid following at this point in time. One extremely popular fighter is Nintendo‘s Super Smash Bros. series, but some dedicated fighting game fans didn’t think the last iteration was a serious fighter when compared to other games in the genre. Apparently the producer of Tekken, Katsuhiro Harada, disagrees, and he believes that the series is a serious hardcore contender.

During an interview with Polygon, Harada stressed that Super Smash Bros. is a franchise that many fighting game aficionados should take seriously. According to the producer, there are a number of similarities in terms of “motivation” behind why different groups are attracted to both Tekken and Smash.

“It seems that the motivation behind the players in those core groups is not as different as I initially thought. 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 TekkenStreet 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.”

Many Nintendo followers are well aware that Namco Bandai is currently developing Super Smash Bros. 4 for the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS. Given the illustrious pedigree that the developer has within the fighting community, many are excited to see what kind of new mechanics (and special guest characters) may be implemented into the final product. Smash creator, Masahrio Sakurai, is still intimately involved with project — so long-time fans shouldn’t worry about dramatic changes — but there’s no question that there will be some adjustments made to the classic formula.

Harada seems optimistic that the series appeals to both casual and hardcore fight fans, and with the talents at both Nintendo and Namco Bandai working together, there’s a good chance that the team will achieve just that.

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Source: Polygon (via ONM)