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.
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