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Sakurai Explains The Reasoning Behind The New Characters in Super Smash Bros.

Posted by Andy Green

No choice was made "for the sake of cheap novelty"

Super Smash Bros. was one of the highlights from this year's E3 Nintendo Direct presentation and it gave us all a first glimpse of the new characters joining the fight in the Wii U and 3DS iteration of the popular franchise.

Naturally, the inclusion of Mega Man, the Villager and Wii Fit Trainer got many a chin wagging and Masahiro Sakurai, the game's director, has now delved into why the characters were selected.

Speaking in his regular Famitsu column - translated by Polygon - Sakurai said the addition of the Villager and Wii Fit Trainer "were not choices we made for the sake of cheap novelty".

Each has their own unique attacks and battle strategies, and they make the game more interesting. If I have an image of a character in my mind that dances around and jibes with what I want, then that's the most important thing.

On the other hand, even if you have a character suited for a fighting game, if you can't make him stick out from the pack and extract something unique from him, then what can you do?

In fact, Sakurai, who wrote this column at the end of the first day of E3, revealed the Villager was originally pencilled in to be playable on Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but instead was relegated to a mere stage. This time, however, he's being given his time to shine and he has amassed quite the cult following already.

Naturally, Mega Man is a more obvious addition when looking through the archives of gaming but Sakurai said the same scrutiny was given to the famous Blue Bomber.

For Mega Man as well, if all we cared about was who we could get in the game, then he would just have regular old punches and kicks, like how he largely does in the Marvel vs. Capcom series.

Mega Man famously gains new attacks from the bosses he defeats on the way up to Dr Wily, therefore Sakurai wanted this to be the foundation of the character's move set:

Working that fully into the game results in a more complete Mega Man that we can give you. That's why he's done up in NES-era proportions rather than something more realistic; that's why he's a little expressionless; that's why his jumping and damage motions and the way he can fire the Mega Buster while walking are all what they are. It's all in an effort to present the character.

Sakurai clearly put a lot of thought into which characters can make it and which ones can't. It would certainly be interesting to know which ones have fallen by the wayside over the years.

What are your thoughts on the addition of Mega Man, Wii Fit Trainer and the Villager? Are they justified? Let us know in the comments below.

[via polygon.com, famitsu.com]

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6ch6ris6

#1

6ch6ris6 said:

the villager made me laugh so hard and really excited even though i hate fighting games and i wont buy smash bros. xD

theblackdragonAdmin

#3

theblackdragon said:

i know some people are complaining about them, but for all that fuss i've seen so many funny image macros featuring the Villager and the Wii Fit Trainer... it seems those two will have their following, haha. i'm not really a SSB player myself, but i'm still having a lot of fun just watching some of these threads go down :3

Ickaser

#4

Ickaser said:

I was... surprised to see the Trainer, to say the least, but I'm warming to the idea.

Nareva

#5

Nareva said:

These new characters might be perfectly suited to the game, but one of the reasons the Smash Bros. series is so valuable to Nintendo is that they can do this; insert new characters to give them a sort of legitimacy. They may not have been added for "cheap novelty," but they are certainly there in part to remind players of these other franchises. Nothing wrong with that, just good business sense. No complaints here, as long as they keep it reasonable and don't cheapen the experience.

erv

#6

erv said:

I think these are excellent editions. He really surprised me with the variety of the roster and that is a huge part of what makes smash bros so much fun to play.

Wii fit trainer is just a piece of genius.

DreamyViridi

#7

DreamyViridi said:

I agree with @Nareva.
It's a matter of surprise when it comes to the Smash roster. New characters that make it in normally have justified reasoning. I think the new additions so far are justified.

SCAR392

#8

SCAR392 said:

I'm fine with these characters. I think they belong in the game, too. Everyone I know, including myself has ALWAYS suggested MegaMan and the Animal Crossing Villager.
Wii Fit Trainer makes sense, too. Everyone knows what Wii Fit is, and it gives more recognition to a health game no one would probably ever think about in a different way than that game was intented for.
Wii Fit trainer proves yoga moves can be dangerous.

GearsOfWarU

#9

GearsOfWarU said:

I am of course Super Stoked to play as Mega Man ... Wii Fit Trainer looks like a funny kind of character (but my fiancee thanks she will be cool along with Yoshi & Peach) ... The Villiger ugh ... I have 0 intrest in this character for a fighting game a kid with a bug net... um no thanks .... So Far My Personal Favorite Characters have to be Pit from Kid Icaurs, Samus from Metroid, Mega Man, Luigi & Bowser from Mario Bros. If I could get some Surprise Characters I would love Arthur & Firebrand from Super Ghouls N Ghosts, Simon Belmont from Castlevania and Sonic & Knuckles !!!!!!!!!!! Overall .... having never played a Smash Bros before.... I can't wait to play New Super Smash Bros Wii U

Zach777

#10

Zach777 said:

Mega Man- Excellent addition.
Villager- Unique addition.
Trainer- _____________ an addition to say the least.

EarthboundBenjy

#11

EarthboundBenjy said:

If this is how it goes, then why was Sonic so bland in Brawl?
I sure hope Sonic gets a moveset makeover for this game. :)

SkywardLink98

#12

SkywardLink98 said:

Villager sounds pretty cool actually. Kirby absorbs powers, and villager absorbs projectiles. Wonder if he'll pick up final smashes...?

Whopper744

#13

Whopper744 said:

I am really excited about this game, and I like the way this guy thinks. Very interesting.

Doma

#16

Doma said:

Doesn't the fact these additions don't have actual names bother anyone? honestly now, who liked/cared about Village boy and Wii Fit girl prior to being announced for Smash?

That said, Wii Fit girl is seemingly less terrible because of her move-set (not as dull) and she has a voice at least. Why add the no-name villager when you could use somebody like Resetti instead.. just why.

@EarthboundBenjy Probably axed. I don't think any third-party character would make a permanent addition tbh.

PopeReal

#17

PopeReal said:

@Doma Villager uses tools like an axe, shovel, net, slingshot... opening up tons of possibilities for cool moves. What does Resetti do that is interesting enough for a move set in a fighting game? Nothing.

SetupDisk

#18

SetupDisk said:

Wii Fit is a huge Nintendo Franchise now. It makes perfect sense that it was included.

ValentineMeikin

#19

ValentineMeikin said:

@PopeReal Very true.

Megaman - Good idea, and a lovely variation on the multi-type that the POKeMON Trainer used in Brawl.
Wii Fit Trainer - A oddity, but could be very interesting.
The Villager - Anything else from Animal Crossing would be rather bland, and it is a major franchise surging up the charts right now.

I'm hoping that Brawl's Marth will be joined by Awakening's Marth. Of course, to say more about the second Marth would be a massive spoiler for anyone who hasn't played Awakening...

Emaan

#20

Emaan said:

I love all 3 of the new characters. They're way better than a lot of the Brawl newcomers in my opinion. Can't wait to see who else is new to the Smash roster.

Doma

#21

Doma said:

@PopeReal Using some of those as weapons seems kinda stupid to me really. Resetti is sombody you could understand his reasoning for wanting to beat some sense into others. He has a pick axe, that's enough to think up and design some worthy moves.

What cool possibilities are you thinking anyway? All he does is use the same move animations from the game by the looks of it.

Rief

#24

Rief said:

Many hate the Trainer, but i think it is the most interesting character ever in the SSB-History.

Dr_Corndog

#26

Dr_Corndog said:

Mega Man looks to have one of the most imaginative movesets in the game, and a load of fun. Wii Fit Trainer is just hilarious.

Rafie

#27

Rafie said:

I'm straight trolling with Wii Fit Trainer. She's a perfect fit as the other characters are. Fighting game of the year. I'm calling it!

digga

#28

digga said:

carnt wait,,, hurry up and get it out,,, i also hope it has good online play

RetroGBHippie92

#29

RetroGBHippie92 said:

@Doma Like he said, Resetti isn't a good choice, besides if you had actually played Brawl, he's in it as a Assist Trophy, so apart from that you don't seem to be able to give a good enough explanation of how he could be represented (other than an assist trophy).
Besides, he's a mole creature, we haven't seen him out of the ground before and it would be pretty weird to see him like that anyway.

Now I know people have already thought of this, but why don't they add Giygas to SSB4? I mean add his MOTHER 1 form and let his final smash be his Earthbound/Mother 2 psychic fetus form from the final battle. I mean Nintendo is not gonna bring back mewtwo, but his design is very much based off of Giygas/Gyigg from MOTHER 1. They can still change his moveset because in reality he's completely different from him, especially if you added his Earthbound/Mother 2 moves as well. We actually need another Earthbound character in SSB, Lucas was cool but he was pretty much a clone of Ness.

3Daniel

#30

3Daniel said:

I still say Sony can take a lesson from Sakurai on how to incorporate nonfighting characters into a fighting game and wii fit trainer solidified it. Her moveset looks great for in and out damage and her emotionless face is hilarious. Cant wait to give her a twirl. Im also pleased with megaman not being able to punch or kick and instead having to rely on his arsenal of projectiles. And the villagers grab and pocket mechanics look adorable.

3Daniel

#31

3Daniel said:

@RetroGBHippie92 mewtwo needs to come back! Hes already a smash veteran and hed be perfect to showcase pokemon form abilities with his new design. Make him akin to zelda with the ability to transform.

3Daniel

#32

3Daniel said:

@RetroGBHippie92 mewtwo needs to come back! Hes already a smash veteran and hed be perfect to showcase pokemon form abilities with his new design. Make him akin to zelda with the ability to transform.

EarthboundBren

#33

EarthboundBren said:

i think that i will get my hands on villager first, then trainer, then mega man....never played a mega man game, so im not completely interested in him.

UnseatingKDawg

#34

UnseatingKDawg said:

Don't matter to me if they're in here. I'll probably play as them at some point anyhow. Although I would like to see Magnus make the cut. For some reason, he seems to be a pretty good fit for this game, to me at least.

Bryon15

#35

Bryon15 said:

I love megaman. He definitely deserves to be there. I just hope they bring sonic back.

JayceJa

#36

JayceJa said:

if they are going to give sonic a significant overhaul and improvement i'd like to see him back, but if not i'd rather he sit it out

not that it matters TOO much to me, since i'll just play luigi most of the time unless they somehow mess him up

nomeacuerdo

#37

nomeacuerdo said:

The villager: I don't care too much, I've never played AC, but looks funny.
The trainer: absolutely funny, looks great!
Mega Man: Ultra awesome addition!
Little Mac: WHAT ARE YOU WAITING TO ANNOUNCE HIM? DO YOU WANT TO GIVE ME A HEART ATTACK? :'(

Jaz007

#38

Jaz007 said:

The Wii Fit trainer will never be forgiven for taking a character slot. She is just a terrible idea. I will be especially enraged if Snake doesn't make the cut again and she's in the game. There is no excuse (that doesn't involve me bribed) that he can come up that will satisfy me.

B3ND3R

#39

B3ND3R said:

@Jaz007 Well, sorry to say, but Snake won't be back... Sakurai already stated this... It's still possible that Sonic may return (with wisp powers), but that also may get thrown out like poor old snake...
Snake..? SNAKE? SNNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE!!!

WinterWarm

#40

WinterWarm said:

@Jaz007

You mean Snake from MGS?! That would be boss! Lol get it? Snake, big BOSS! hehe :3

I've actually changed my whole opinion on this game( for 3DS that is), at first I didn't like the cel-shading, but no it looks awesome. :)

I'm pickin' this up!

Jaz007

#42

Jaz007 said:

@B3ND3R WHAT!!! When did this happen?! Snake was one of the best characters in Brawl. I will hold a grudge against the trainer for having a spot while he got nerfed.

Squid

#43

Squid said:

The Wii Fit Trainer I can understand people getting mad about, but I don't know why people don't like the Villager, I think it's funny and well-done for his character. I think he'll fit perfectly with the rest or the roster. And I don't think anyone can give a good reason why Mega Man shouldn't be in. :D

FineLerv

#44

FineLerv said:

I'll still just pick Mario but still love to see the roster fleshed out.

Regarding having characters stick out, does this mean they'll actually ditch the characters that were essentially just clones of other characters with only subtle differences? (Admittedly, in fighting games even a subtle difference can make all the difference).

JulioSince1990

#45

JulioSince1990 said:

@Jaz007 !!!!!!!! If Snake and Sonic are not in the game I will not buy it. I'm tired of Nintendo being lazy and giving new things while taking old, classic ones away. Improvement involves ADDING new, great things to an already great experience, not removing some and adding some...

JulioSince1990

#47

JulioSince1990 said:

Wii Fit Girl has got to be the worst character idea for a fighting game in the history of mankind!!! I would rather have a Goomba, or the Pushmo guy or even the dog from duck hunt than that abomination....

Godstrike

#48

Godstrike said:

@Jaz007 I really don't think snake would be in smash bros again if you haven't noticed snake just doesn't belong there anymore he has not really got much love left for nintendo and he has nothing to offer nintendo in the near future just think about mgs 5 is going to go to ps4 and xbone while nintendo hasn't really had much metal gear anymore conserning the current generation. But sonic is almost a garentee considering the partnership sega and nintendo now have. But people have to realize that the trainer and the villager just make sense they fit in smash bros. too me smash bros has always been this fun loving cartoony none of this is remotely real kind of game and snake really doesn't fit in there while the trainer and the villager do. Animal crossing is one of nintendo's biggest IP's now and sadly the same can be said for wii fit even though no one ever used it more than five times. Besides the trainer is going to be a great addition to the roster her combat looks fun and quirky and the whole concept of her being there looks really great I think that you guys should just give her a chance and just find out how fun these characters are gonna be.

Ernest_The_Crab

#49

Ernest_The_Crab said:

@JulioSince1990 A couple of things. For one the trainer right now has one of the largest fanbases already upon introduction.

Second thing, Snake was only introduced into Brawl because Sakurai is a friend of Kojima and Kojima begged him to put Snake in (since Kojima's son was asking why he didn't have one of his own creations in Smash Bros). Kojima's son would have grown up considerably at this point, so there really wouldn't be any reason why Sakurai would reintroduce Snake into the series, especially considering his lack of importance at this time for Nintendo.

I'm pretty sure Sakurai is not going to choose solely based on other people's preferences, as there are too many characters that people would like to see in the game anyways.

Sonic could make a return if only because of that highly publicized contract between Nintendo and Sega.

JulioSince1990

#50

JulioSince1990 said:

@Ernest_The_Crab The saddest thing is that you most likely are correct about the wii fit girl having a large fan base... I honestly don't undestand what is happening to people nowdays. There are people nowdays who even strongly believe 3D Land is superior to Mario 64... and the 'New' Super mario bros. crap better than Super Mario World. Now there are also people who prefer a casual fitness game character over Snake and other REAL game characters.... How is a fitness game trainer character, that looks quite creepy due to her palette colors and lack of emotion AND who does not even fit the charcater designs of nintendo (too human looking, yet not quite) get such praise while people say Snake is expendable?

IMPROVING great things should never involve removing some of those great things to add some others....

JulioSince1990

#51

JulioSince1990 said:

Honestly. Analyze the picture at the beginning of this article. Use rational, realistic thinking and you will see how terribly OFF the wii fit girl looks. It just doesnt fit the style, art and gameplay, not to mention concept of the game AND it doesnt look good there!

SunnyShores

#52

SunnyShores said:

i was surprised to see wii fit trainer, but i think she'll be a welcome member of ss and i will probably use her. she is a fitness freak, obviously in shape an zen. she is patient and well balanced.
the villager is the one i'm looking forward to most. just curious as to how fun he'll be. megaman of course will be great.
but unlike a lot of people, i am optimistic about wii fit trainer

SunnyShores

#53

SunnyShores said:

i don't understand why people are flippin out about snake.
snake was so much more out of place than the Wii Fit Trainer.

somerandomguy47

#54

somerandomguy47 said:

i have a feeling that the villager will be replacing game & watch... game and watch was a bit of a nobody and not particularly popular. the villager has a bizarre move set centered around using items like g&w, and his object grab move is VERY similar to the trash can catch (g&w's b+down). mega man is replacing snake as the non-Nintendo specialty fighter. im definitely excited for the roster so far, and i love that there is now a fast, heavy-hitting female character!

MadAdam81

#55

MadAdam81 said:

I didn't care for Snake, but I did enjoy Sonic. I'll buy it anyway, regardless of who is in it, as they seem to have done a good job so far with unique characters that aren't copies of others.

MadAdam81

#56

MadAdam81 said:

I didn't care for Snake, but I did enjoy Sonic. I'll buy it anyway, regardless of who is in it, as they seem to have done a good job so far with unique characters that aren't copies of others.

MadAdam81

#57

MadAdam81 said:

I didn't care for Snake, but I did enjoy Sonic. I'll buy it anyway, regardless of who is in it, as they seem to have done a good job so far with unique characters that aren't copies of others.

AugustusOxy

#59

AugustusOxy said:

You'll never convince me that Wii-Fit trainer wasn't put in there to try and promote wii-fit. I'm sorry; but cheap novelty is all I can smell with that character. Doesn't help she looks like she plays like zero suit samus without any weapons.

Caryslan

#60

Caryslan said:

@JulioSince1990 For me, I have the opposite reaction to Snake's inclusuion in Brawl. He was not a bad character, but he felt really out of place in a video game that had Mario, Pikachu, Kirby, and Link in the roster. Honestly, he did not even fit in with the other realistic human characters in Brawl's roster. Whereas Ike, Marth, Samus, Captain Falcon, Link, Zelda, or Ganondorf all had that fantasy Nintendo vibe to them, Snake just felt out of place packing Mines, Gernades, and his overall combat style.

Something about Snake felt off, and I won;'t be heart broken if he does not come back. If Konami needs a rep, Simon Belmont should have been their top choice.

As for the Wii Fit Trainer, I'm not bothered by her too much. She seems to be Smash 4's version of Mr. Game & Watch or ROB. A surprise character that no one was really expecting to show up.

And yes, I am hoping other Melee and Brawl characters come back. I'm hoping for some more retro characters like Mike Jones, Little Mac, and Simon Belmont.

But I have no issue with Snake getting the axe. I know he was popular, but he just seemed out of place in Brawl. Sonic made sense as does Mega Man since they fit the style of Smash Bros alot better.

Plus, Snake needs to be cut in favor of Simon Belmont. If any Konami rep deserves to be in, its someone from Castlevania.

Caryslan

#61

Caryslan said:

@SunnyShores It's nice to see that I was not the only one who thought that. I think a character like Snake would have worked in a game like PSABR, but he really felt out of place in Smash Bros.

Besides, Konami has better choices for a rep then Snake. Someone who has much closer ties to Nintendo overall.

Oren

#62

Oren said:

There's nothing wrong with a little tongue-in-cheek novelty anyway. The Wii Fit Trainer clearly has an element of novelty surrounding it and I personally think that's a good thing. Sakurai is very good at using comedy within his games and always strikes a good balance. I have every confidence that this will work out great. If it doesn't then pick someone else... Seriously the roster will be huge.

Hunter-D

#64

Hunter-D said:

Actually Sakurai never mentioned anything about what characters have been given the cut yet, including Snake & Sonic.

He only said that it was harder to take out characters as opposed to including (which is very stressful for him as it is) them.

Having said that, Sonic fans should relax I think he's got a very good shot at keeping his spot thanks to Nintendo & SEGA's partnership. Also, I think that we haven't heard much of him because Sakurai & Co. may be trying to incorporate some of his new attacks from Lost World into his moveset for Smash. So I'm guessing that if we see Sonic revealed, it will be later on in development.

SyntheticPerson

#65

SyntheticPerson said:

I think they are great choices. The only bad thing I have to say about the new ones is that when the Villager got announced, part of me was disappointed that it wasn't Tom Nook. :( I hope that none of the great existing characters get dropped though.

I personally hope that Sonic stays in it. Given the Nintendo exclusive Sonic games (which still sounds weird to say after the whole Megadrive v SNES thing when I was a kid), his inclusion should hopefully be more likely than not.

Other than him, most of the others I want are classic SSB characters so will probably stay.

Doma

#66

Doma said:

@RetroGBHippie92 My main point was; Village boy is a bland custom avatar that should have no place in game like this. I don't particularly care for Resetti, was only stating that even a lowly character like him would be better than a soulless doll. I dunno if Resetti still exist in AC games tbh.

About Giygas. I've never played an Earthbound game so i wouldn't know but, a psychic fetus?.... yeah, somehow i don't think that specific character will ever make it into another Nintendo game again, lol. Don't take that as me bashing him/it, that's to do with Nintendo now.

@JulioSince1990 #50 I fully agree with this post. There are actually people out there who believe 3D Land/NSMB to be supreme Mario titles. It's sad but it's mostly just the extreme fanboy types though.

@GamerZack7 Ok then. Which of his non-existent characteristics appeal to you?

Varia01

#67

Varia01 said:

I can now see why the odd appearance of both the Villager and the Wii Fit Trainer are true. Once again, Sakurai wins.

Araknie

#69

Araknie said:

I already know of this method of working since was the same adopted to get Olimar and Mr. Game and Watch into the fight.
That gave the both series fresh air cause we have a Game and Watch reboot with Game and Wario, yes it's a Game and Watch title, and we will very soon have Pikmin 3.
Wii Fit Trainer and Villager does not need fresh air or a reboot but Mega-Man does need another chapter. Even Sonic after 2008 really got his spin back thanks to Brawl, can't be anything but good, you get to know a new character if you haven't already and you discover the series where is from or the single game if there is no series.

If well done, like Sakurai used us to, is even better.

DarkNinja9

#70

DarkNinja9 said:

i still think the wii fit trainer is weird to add but its like what ever now just hoping more characters get added then cut off :| i mean where is roy in all this?

DestinyMan

#71

DestinyMan said:

This shows that Sakurai likes to add some quirkiness to his games, which helps to make things funny and interesting. I appreciate that he wants to be faithful to Mega Man's Nintendo roots. I was hoping Tom Nook would be in the game, but the Villager is sure to be a fun character to play and fight with nonetheless. I've warmed up considerably to the Wii Fit Trainer, and while I probably won't play her much, it'll be amusing to see her pull off her healthy moves on the likes of Bowser and other tough characters.

As far as other third-party characters, I don't care about Snake and I hope Sonic stays. Snake will likely be cut, because while he was fun to play, he just doesn't fit the Nintendo universe much at all. Sonic is better at fitting in and he would probably be better balanced this time around after seemingly being rushed into Brawl. Nintendo and Sega are buddies now, so I don't see why Sonic would be cut other than having too many third-party characters.

And with the past characters, I believe the entire original roster from the first game will be back, a couple of Melee characters like Mewtwo and maybe Roy will return, and some of the Brawl characters like Diddy Kong, Wario, King Dedede, and Meta Knight should return. I'm unsure about the Ice Climbers, Mr. Game & Watch, and Lucas, but I hope they can fit in as much of the Brawl roster as possible.

Shambo

#72

Shambo said:

Again: bring in Doshin! He could stand out by growing when dealing damage, and shrinking when taking damage. Throwing cows and magically making mountains to throw other players off balance - except of course the Wii Fit Trainer. His final smash could be Jashin! I'd love to see some love for Doshin!

I can't be the only one who enjoyed the game and wants to see some love for that mostly gentle giant?

b23cdq

#74

b23cdq said:

@JulioSince1990 In you haven't noticed, SSB is a game about Nintendo carachters beating the squid out of each other. Snake is not a Nintendo carachter, Wii Fit Trainer is. Therefore she is a better fit.

Sonic should stay, though, considering the current partnership with SEGA.

bassoongoon

#75

bassoongoon said:

I think Megaman and the Villager are good additions, but I do not understand the inclusion of Wii Fit Trainer! I do not really care a whole lot what they do with the roster (as long as it stays a Nintendo fighter at its core) I just do not understand the Wii Fit Trainer.

I think it might be neat to see Bomberman in a Smash Bros. at some point.

xwolf7

#76

xwolf7 said:

Nine years has past since the the first and last MGS game showed up on a Nintendo HOME console, so no reason for Snake to stay in SSB.

No MGS game on Wii U no Snake return in SSB!

yuwarite

#78

yuwarite said:

There should also be a female skin for the Animal Crossing Villager, it just makes sense. Playing as a skin of your Mii would also be cool.

TheXboxHero

#79

TheXboxHero said:

I thought the Villager and Mega Man were good additions, but the Wii Fit Trainer should've not been a choice, just seems so weird for a yoga instructor to be fighting and chanting "1,2,3,4," on the battlefield.

The_Ninja

#80

The_Ninja said:

@digga Same.... I hope both versions will be good,and lots of other ppl will get 3ds version too. I don't have enough money for a wii u.

Kaze_Memaryu

#81

Kaze_Memaryu said:

I guess this interview really goes to show how much thought Sakurai puts into his games. The choices he makes are what makes the game good (tripping aside). He doesn't just throw in whoever might make the game more famous, he already considers the balancing while looking for additions. That's something many developers forget aboutt in competitive games nowadays.
I might not be interested in the latest Smash Bros. yet, but I can clearly see Sakurai planning this very carefully - and that's how it's supposed to be!

Teaqq2

#82

Teaqq2 said:

I love that Mega Man and the Villager are going to be in Smash Bros, but why Wii Fit Trainer? Wii Fit Trainer does look like a good addition to Smash Bros., but Wii Fit isn't one of the most popular Nintendo series and many people probably wouldn't even consider that a character.

Marioman64

#83

Marioman64 said:

"he would just have regular old punches and kicks, like how he largely does in the Marvel vs. Capcom series."
lol he called Marvel vs. Capcom boring :3

SuperFANicom

#84

SuperFANicom said:

Challenger approaching: Professor Layton. Poking your eye out with his "I got it" finger motion and hint coin rain.

I was actually surprised they chose the villager, I was expecting Tom Nook, finally some payback.

Dpullam

#85

Dpullam said:

I can't wait to have the opportunity to play as The Villager or Mega Man. This new Super Smash Bros game is going to be amazing.

TheMagus

#86

TheMagus said:

I'm really interested in playing as Villager and Mega Man, but the Wii Fit Trainer? REALLY? Why add her when we could have had someone like Lloyd Irving?

TwoSmoove

#87

TwoSmoove said:

@Teaqq2 All the more reason I think.

She is more like G&W to me (in the sense that when I think 'Nintendo' he doesn't really come to mind). Having spent a great deal of time on Wii Fit, it made me oddly happy to see she made it in. Definitely going to be one of my mains.

Kage_88

#88

Kage_88 said:

Every time Sakurai talks about his design philosophies regarding Smash Bros, I'm once again reassured that the series is in capable hands. He definitely knows what he's doing.

Can't wait to play as the Blue Bomber!

WindWakerLink

#90

WindWakerLink said:

This totally justified!!! Also, Sakurai is FREAKING genius!!! I hope his health doesn't go too bad during the making of these smash games. His wrist is already trying to heal up and he is stressing over how to allow in the game. "Poor guy..." :/

OnionOverlord

#91

OnionOverlord said:

Haven't people been demanding for Mega Man to appear in a Smash Bros game for a while now anyway? I figured sooner or later he would end up in one, especially considering how many gamers from the 80's or 90's have played at least one Mega Man title. He was even in Captain N but I suppose the less said about that show the better.

mk7master

#92

mk7master said:

If i see pacman in this game,They can forget about me buying it.he is very creepy and annoying the way he looks now.

Doge

#93

Doge said:

Villager seems a little to OP, mega man is cool, and wii fit trainer, is different, but yet does not seem to fit in with the rest, but hey, imma going to buy it, so lets just wait and see. (btw, GENO FOR BRAWL{yeah im one of those guys})

Chabbox

#96

Chabbox said:

My Ideas:
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Bomberman
Sora
Bowser Jr / Shadow Mario
Krystal
Paper Mario
Isaac
Roy
Shulk
Crono

That... Would be amazing.

Chabbox

#97

Chabbox said:

@ForeverIgnited

I agree, it seems a little too abstract. At least it's not as bad as some of the fanmade rosters with characters like Obama on there.

Ryankf

#98

Ryankf said:

Can't wait to play this game it looks awesome and i like the new characters added.

mayrascookie1

#99

mayrascookie1 said:

SIMON BELMONT: he would be awesome he could have whip attack as normal special and hold to manuver whip in all directions, he could grappel opponents and items far away and throw them or slam them his side special could bea different attack each time interchangeable by using his up taunt which changes weapon could be fist smash character to do so and could throw holy water,cross boomerang and down special could be dlames come out from all under him and up special could be an axe his down smash could be him wrap his whip around his arm for a deadly down punch upwards smash could feature a fiery uppercut that can be charged for more power as well as a recovery move that allows him to double jump and grappling the edge with his whip like link he could have final smash as 1000 whips hitting opponents also hit attack button continuously makes him whip others very fast like meta knight hed be pretty epic!

SON GOKU:

thatd be awesome just take out his flying and instead have him rely on short bursts of flying and also have hime use instant transmission to dodge and appear behind or as a teleportation give him fast attacks a kamehameha for special a spirit bomb as a charge attack like samus he can have destructo disc for side b his smash attack down would send opponents flying downwards and stick to the ground like donkey kongs pound move that leavs opponent stuck in ground his up special could then have hime launch opponent upward and have him teleport up to do downward smash up to four consecutive times unless opponent recovers have him charge up aura the more damaged he is his shield could be orange like dragon balls color he could grab opponents and then throw them down or accross the stage(gets stronger the more damage he takes)also can take only one senzu bean as a taunt to give him a 25 percent health only once per match could have smash attack of super saiyan 3 goku or super saiyan 2 or super saiyan 4 depending on how much damage was recieved suring the match if high critical damage(very rare) u get stongest super saiyan 4 form you fly infinitely and are always super powered aura and attacks much stronger(strength increase depends on form he would be epic!

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