Why do the Smash Bros. games take so long to develop?

#1WrestlinFanPosted 3/29/2013 6:57:45 AM
Why do these games have abnormally long development cycles?
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#2thisguy12Posted 3/29/2013 6:59:11 AM
Because they're amazing.
#3pbandjamesPosted 3/29/2013 7:03:36 AM
They have pretty normal development cycles, actually.
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#4n00bsaib0tPosted 3/29/2013 7:07:03 AM
They don't. The earlier in development a game is announced the longer the development cycle feels. In one interview Svensson said that Marvel vs Capcom 3 and vanilla Street Fighter 4 were at one point in development side by side. Street Fighter 4 released in July 2008 in arcades while Marvel vs Capcom 3 released in February 2011. MvC3 was announced in 2010 though, so it didn't feel like it was in development for that long. Then there is Tekken x Street Fighter, announced with sister game Street Fighter x Tekken but we won't be seeing Tekken x Street Fighter until 2014.

The eariler in development you hear about it the longer it seems, but it's the same development time.
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#5GhetsisPosted 3/29/2013 7:07:07 AM
They do?

Melee came out like...two years after the original. What's so abnormally long about that?
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#6jwhudexnlsPosted 3/29/2013 7:24:51 AM
Original-1999
melee-2001
brawl- 2008
new game- 2014?

They do seem to keep taking longer and longer and I hate to say, but 6 years is not a normal development time.
#7ssbmrocksPosted 3/29/2013 7:27:02 AM
Did you see how much content Sakurai stuffed into Brawl? He gives us a lot of quality stuff.
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#8Bikes-Posted 3/29/2013 7:28:30 AM
jwhudexnls posted...
Original-1999
melee-2001
brawl- 2008
new game- 2014?

They do seem to keep taking longer and longer and I hate to say, but 6 years is not a normal development time.


Didn't they only start it after Kid icirrus or was that a different game?
And 6 years isn't abnormal, it's just people are getting used to crap being rushed out on a yearly basis.
#9adampeltzPosted 3/29/2013 7:28:35 AM
jwhudexnls posted...
Original-1999
melee-2001
brawl- 2008
new game- 2014?

They do seem to keep taking longer and longer and I hate to say, but 6 years is not a normal development time.


The new game wasn't in development since 2008. It was announced over a year before development even started.... same thing with brawl... it was announced nearly a year and a half before Sakurai even knew he would be involved. That's why they seem to take so long.
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#10Bahamut_10thPosted 3/29/2013 7:30:46 AM
jwhudexnls posted...
Original-1999
melee-2001
brawl- 2008
new game- 2014?

They do seem to keep taking longer and longer and I hate to say, but 6 years is not a normal development time.


The new one has been in development only since mid 2012...