With only a few days left until the release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, series creator Masahiro Sakurai has sought to clarify, in an interview with IGN, his reasoning for not including Mewtwo as payable downloadable content for the upcoming title.
Mewtwo, whose last series appearance was in Super Smash Bros. Melee for the GameCube, was recently announced by Nintendo as a returning brawler for the upcoming instalment. However, only those purchasing both Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will currently be eligible to obtain the legendary Pokémon for their roster when it arrives next year.
In similar fashion to the Mewtwo's infamous birth, Sakurai explained that the Psychic Legendary was included as an "experiment", intended to test out content distribution:
As for why Mewtwo isn't paid content from the start, releasing that character is an experiment meant to act as a foothold in content distribution; thus it's simply meant as part of the service we're providing to gamers.
With Mewtwo effectively being ruled out from as purchasable content, Sakurai went on to explain his current standpoint on the possibility of future paid DLC:
...What I can say now about paid DLC is that we aren't working on anything at the moment. We've put all our efforts into making the actual game. Creating DLC would involve large additional costs and require the involvement of a lot of people.
Sakurai also stressed that he hopes that fans don't get too bogged down over the prospect of DLC, and instead enjoy the title for its abundance of readily available content instead:
Creating a single fighter involves a huge investment, and we've already been giving it our all and investing a lot of work in the characters currently available in the game, and I think it's an incredible package in terms of the sheer amount of content in the game. But it might be that people may not understand and may think that I am not offering enough just by looking at DLC itself.
As is often the case with paid DLC, Sakurai expressed his concerns that he and his team may come under scrutiny for "adding things later that should have been there from the start." Whilst Sakurai doesn't outright deny the potential for future DLC, if it is to grace Super Smash Bros. in the future it seems that it could be some time away.
How do you feel about Sakurai's comments? Are there any characters you're still hoping to return as future DLC, or perhaps you're happy with the current roster as it is? Let us know in the comments below.