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Nintendo yet to start Smash Bros. Wii U

"We really shouldn't have announced it."

Don't expect any new information on Smash Bros. 3DS or Wii U soon - series director Masahiro Sakurai has admitted that development hasn't started yet.

Satoru Iwata announced the project last night during Nintendo's E3 press conference. But Sakurai has suggested Iwata jumped the gun.

"We really shouldn't have announced it for the general public at this timing," Sakurai tweeted (translated by Andriasang). "But since we have to assemble staff, we made the notice. The future will change depending on the strength of the gathered developers."

Development won't start until the completion of Kid Icarus Uprising at the end of this year, Sakurai said.

Will a year's development be enough for Smash Bros. to make the Wii U launch? It's unlikely: it took Nintendo three years to make Wii game Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl on Wii.
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