Continuing today\’s discourse of the Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS roster, a response from Sakurai has been posted to the web. Commenting on the question of whether or not every character that has been represented in Smash at some point in the past will return. The short answer is a simple \”no.\” Here\’s the rest of what he said,
“We don’t have the time to fully recreate every single character who’s been in Smash Bros at this point. Adding new characters is not a simple addition – it’s really multiplication. The amount of work, adding a character is multiplied and becomes bigger and bigger as you go. We can’t because of the amount of work it takes. However, I do believe I understand that each character has its own set of fans out there who really like that character. So we’re not going to cut characters out of the way, we’re going to put in as many characters as we can, we really want to do that, because it’s good for the fans and good for all of us. But in the event that we do have to cut some characters, I’d like to apologise in advance to those fans.”
Assuredly, I would hope nobody actually thought that all characters from 64, Melee, and Brawl would be returning for the fourth installment (so far, Melee is the only game in the franchise that has brought both the entire cast of its predecessor plus added newcomers), but considering this revelation, it\’s interesting that Mewtwo may still be in the running for inclusion.
We\’ve learned that Smash Bros. designer Masahiro Sakurai seems to work over a hot oven, virtually on the brink of death, when trying to put together the character roster for a new Smash Bros. game. With the game around a year or so away from release, it\’s hard to tell how far the team is in development and, more importantly, how set in stone the title\’s roster is.
According to Gamnesia, Mr. Sakurai\’s buttons were again pushed during last week\’s Pokemon X and Y developer roundtable when Mewtwo was brought up. Fans of Super Smash Bros. Melee should remember Mewtwo\’s appearance in the Gamecube classic only to be dropped from Brawl much to the disappointment of damn near everybody. Although he wasn\’t the strongest of characters in the game, he was one of the most powerful and expanded upon creatures in the Pokemon universe at the time of Melee\’s release.
When discussing Mewtwo\’s new form in Pokemon X and Y, it is reported that Sakurai, who was in the audience at the time, shouted, \”We are thinking about it,\” implying that there still could be some sliver of hope left for Mewtwo\’s return to Smash Bros. Still, the comment could have likely been in jest and so far we have not gotten any true confirmation that Sakurai and Namco are indeed considering Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U.
Other than this tidbit of news, there have been no other comments or confirmations from Sakurai, Nintendo, or anybody else regarding Mewtwo\’s inclusion, so we\’ll have to wait and see if Sakurai is indeed giving Mewtwo the time of day for the new Smash Bros.