Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series is one of the most anticipated games on the horizon for both of the Big N’s platforms. Wii U and 3DS iterations are poised to boost sales and garner more interest in the systems when they launch in 2014 — something that is predictable given the pull each brand represented in the title has with consumers. In fact, new properties find representation within each new installment of Super Smash Bros., but that hasn’t prevented familiar faces from dropping out of the fray in the past.

The transition from Melee to Brawl saw five characters get the axe (Mewtwo, Dr. Mario, Roy, Pichu, and Young Link), so the exclusion of characters in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS was an inevitability. Hot on the heels of our feature pertaining to five characters that may not return, Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai has stated that him and his team simply “don’t have the time” to bring back every fighter that’s appeared in previous games.

“I can answer that: no. 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.”

Sakurai is apologetic about the very thought of having to exclude certain characters from the next pair of Smash titles. That said, fans shouldn’t have been expecting all characters to reappear — especially considering some have been cut in the past. As of this writing, only a handful of veterans are confirmed to make their return, but they’ll be joined by more as Sakurai slowly unveils additional details about the Wii U and 3DS installments.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS are scheduled to release at some point in 2014.

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Source: NowGamer (via GoNintendo)