Since Nintendo is busy with so many other projects for the 3DS and the Wii U's launch, Namco Bandai will be developing the upcoming Super Smash Bros. sequel for Wii U and 3DS. Yes, Namco; no, not Nintendo.
In yet another Nintendo tease-and-leave, the new Super Smash Bros. was mentioned during tonight's Nintendo Direct broadcast, but no new screenshots or gameplay were shown.
Super Smash Bros. 4 will still be directed by series creator Masahiro Sakurai and his team Project Sora, but it will be developed in conjunction with Namco Bandai superstars Yoshito Higuchi, of the Tales franchise, and Kenya Kobayashi of Ridge Racer fame.
Look forward to more news later this year, but don't expect a release date any time soon.
Update: Namco Bandai developer Masaya Kobayashi expressed his sentiments over the co-project and dropped several more names:
"In order to make Mr. Sakurai proud, we will take on this project with NAMCO BANDAI's best staff! Yoshito Higuchi, the producer and the director of the Tales series, Tetsuya Akatsuka, producer and director of Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs., the art director/sound director of the SoulCalibur series, the main development team staff from the TEKKEN series…and that's just for starters."