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Why Sakurai isn’t keen on adding fighting characters to Smash Bros.

Posted on July 25, 2013 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

Masahiro Sakurai doesn’t sound too big on bringing fighting game characters into the Super Smash Bros. series.

Sakurai explained to GamesTM this month:

“The biggest feature we look at in Smash Bros. is, ‘What does this character bring to Smash Bros. that other characters don’t?’ If you look at… someone from a fighting game already, and people like fighting with this character, from my point of view, it’s like ‘this guy does what this guy already does. He fills the role that this character already has. So while you may like this character and he’s interesting, that doesn’t really merge well, here.”

Only one new third-party character has been confirmed for the new Smash Bros. game: Mega Man. Based on Sakurai’s comments, fighters from well-known franchises like Street Fighter, Tekken, and Soulcalibur are unlikely to be represented.

Thanks to joclo for sending this quote our way.

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  • Nintendo4Ever

    3 new characters have been confirmed. mega man, villager, and wii fit trainer

    • TheGoomba

      He said one 3rd party, not just one character.

      • Nintendo4Ever

        they edited the article after my comment

  • Vorlik Blade

    Kinda hard to take such statements seriously when one of the few and most hated parts of the Smash Bros series are the dreaded clones which rarely offer something new to the mix besides their looks.

  • Austin

    Ah man, I like Sakurai a lot.

  • lalaland

    yeh right sakurai, melee had clones, pichu was a watered down pikachu, falco was just a slower fox, gonon was a stronger capt falcon, dr mario was….. mario

    although brawl did change that……. lil

    • L.A.C.

      Brawl change that… but at least Falco and Ganondorf still feel like clones to me.

  • Ryu Hazuki

    Expected and makes sense, but I would love to see a Ryu assist trophy or something.

    • Kenji


  • Jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjw

    Is he referring to Little Mac?
    Edit: Never mind, I’m dumb, he’s refering to 2D Fighters.

  • dubaloseven

    Except that fighting game characters are made specifically to bring a new type of gameplay to their particular game, Sakurai just being his anti-competitive, anti-“doing anything with a game that i don’t like” self.

    Also this is extra funny do to the fact that smash bros is utterly plagued by clones. Mario Bros, Star Fox 3, Captain Ganon, etc.

    • Agreed. Every character bringing something new my a*s. Is even more sad (or lazy?) that a developer can’t come up with a better and less-cloned moveset for characters like Luigi and Ganondorf. Is as easy as molding Luigi after his Luigi’s Mansion self and giving Ganondorf a sword and magic attacks. Is that so hard to make for a “brilliant” developer?

  • SecretX

    yeah the next game the clones needs to be gone. fans should ask for more but of course not from fighting games.

  • eh

    In a way, bringing a fighting character into the roster full of non-fighters adds some variety. Not that I care either way, but I think someone like Ryu could work extremely well.

    • MagcargoMan

      Wish granted.

  • Glad you do bro!

  • Stratos

    I hope to have some of these characters, even as Assist Trophies:

    John Raimi (Geist)

    Alexandra Roivas (Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem)

    Shulk (Xenoblade Chronicles)

    Zael (The Last Story)

    Aeron (Pandora’s Tower)

    Black Shadow (F-Zero series)

    Mike Anderson (Battle Clash)

    Bomberman (Bomberman series)

    Captain Rainbow (Captain Rainbow)

    Dillon (Dillon’s Rolling Western)

    Tempo (Harmo Knight)

    Heracles (Glory of Heracles)

    Takamaru (Nazo no Murasame Jo)

  • love wolfy123

    i gonna be happy if sakurai added Wolf to the fray beacause everybody says hes a clone but if hes a clone, his my main

  • love wolfy123

    did you all heard that Zelda has benn confermed in the fray?? my lil sis gonna be happy as a monkey with a banana

  • He probably put Ryu in the game, then replaced him with Mega Man or something because ‘this guy does what this guy already does. He fills the role that this character already has… that doesn’t really merge well, here.”
    And that’s why his themes are in the patch’s files.

  • MagcargoMan

    Oh Sakurai…