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Super Meat Boy in Smash Bros?
To promote their forthcoming iOS game, Mew-Genics, Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes of Team Meat sat down and talked with Eurogamer. In the interview the indie developers discussed their latest game, the use of micro-transactions, and their lack of enthusiasm for next-gen consoles like the Wii U. Both men preferred the work environment mobile and PC gaming provides and weren’t confident the console market would survive to see a Playstation 5. While their outlook on console gaming seemed bleak, Team Meat told the interviewer one scenario where they would work again with big named publishers; specifically Nintendo:
McMillen: “I want Meat Boy to be in Smash Bros. That would be the one reason I’d really want to develop for a Nintendo console.”
Refenes: “That would be amazing! If they could guarantee us Meat Boy would be in Smash Bros., we would do something.”
McMillen: “Nintendo are you listening? Smash Bros! We would ask for nothing in return. Just f***ing use the character. Put him in the game. It’s free!”
Refenes: “If they wanted Mew-Genics or something and they could promise us Meat Boy would be in the game we’d develop Mew-Genics for them. Not exclusively, of course. This is how they would buy it from us. And that’s a very cheap price.”
That’s right, if Nintendo included Meat Boy in the next Smash Bros. game for the Wii U, then Team Meat would consider working for them again. Their previous attempts were making Super Meat Boy available on the WiiWare and porting the Blinding of Isaac on the Nitnendo 3Ds. However, the Wii’s insufficient memory kept Super Meat Boy on the PC and Xbox 360, while the Binding of Isaac’s possibly offensive religious themes made Nintendo think twice about releasing the game for their handheld. While Team Meat’s high ambition for their meaty platforming hero is admirable, their desire to see him in the next Smash Bros. game is wishful thinking.
In a deal where Nintendo gains little from adding a solo-game character to a brawler filled with fighters that starred in multiple games, there’s just no incentive for them to include Meat Boy in Smash Bros. It’s especially unlikely considering Nintendo wants to cut the fat off the game’s fighter roster. Regardless, Team Meat seems satisfied with their current situation and will continue to develop for iOS and Steam for the time being.