When Super Smash Bros. was released for the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U, it was heralded as an excellent sequel that had the biggest character roster to date. Nintendo then went on to surprise fans by bringing back fan favorites from prior games, like Mewtwo and Lucas.
Fans had such a positive reaction to these additions that Nintendo released a Super Smash Bros. ballot that fans could use to request specific characters to be added to Super Smash Bros.’ roster. While Nintendo has already made good on some of these requests, no one knew how many more characters could be expected, or how long the updates would last.
In his weekly Famitsu column, which has been translated by Source Gaming, Masahiro Sakurai shed some new light on his team’s plans for Super Smash Bros. He noted that while the majority of fans are thrilled to have characters like Roy brought back from Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Nintendo 3DS was never intended to receive multiple updates and downloads. Furthermore, Sakurai points out that some fans don’t have wi-fi at home, and downloading large updates at locations with free wi-fi can be a burden. However, with that in mind, Sakurai and his team intend to release a few more “fan service” characters for players to use, presumably taken from the suggestion ballot Nintendo posted.
While “fan service” characters is a bit vague, it might imply that characters from more non-Nintendo franchises, like Ryu from Street Fighter, will be added to the game’s roster. Or, other characters that have never been included in a Smash Bros. game may be added to the roster. In any case, Sakurai notes that the development team can’t simply keep producing new characters forever, and at some point one has to imagine that the Nintendo 3DS would reach its system capacity limits. Nintendo previously noted that they didn’t want the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. to have characters that the 3DS couldn’t, like the Ice Climbers, so continuing to add fighters to the Wii U version alone would be unfair to 3DS players.
Super Smash Bros. has been out for less than a year, and DLC characters weren’t initially planned for the title. Despite this, Sakurai and his team have been producing characters at a pretty good pace, and fans are still tinkering with the recently added Ryu, Roy, and the new costumes and stages added to the game. While there’s no telling what characters Super Smash Bros. might receive next, they’ll undoubtedly be a fun addition to an already zany roster of fighters.
Super Smash Bros. is now available for the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U.
Source: Source Gaming