The creator of Super Smash Bros., Masahiro Sakurai, confirms that the company is wrapping up its plans for downloadable content 'soon' on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
During an interview with the creator of the Super Smash Bros. franchise that was published in The Making of Fire Emblem: 25 Years of of Development Secrets (a book which was released in honor of the franchise's 25th anniversary), several interesting details about the ongoing fighting game franchise surfaced. One of the more interesting portions, however, was news that the continued DLC support being received by the latest iterations of the series will be "ending soon".
This news seems to line up with reports that the next Nintendo Direct dedicated to the fighting series will be the last one for the recent pair of games, so it's looking like those who were hoping for their favorite mascots in Super Smash Bros. won't have a long wait to see if they'll be making the cut. According to Sakurai, this may be their last chance to, as well.
Within the interview, several interesting aspects about why Sakurai chose to include Robin and Lucina as playable characters in the newest Smash title surface – stating that their inclusion came down to timing. Building off of that, the developer also revealed that he doesn't feel obligated to include the protagonist of the next Fire Emblem game as a fighter, before pointing to the fact that they aren't even sure if there will be another Smash Bros. to begin with.
"How much a character will please the players, how unique they are—there are a lot of factors that go into deciding a character’s inclusion. I don’t know whether Fire Emblem will have many more games in the future, but it’s not as if we have a stipulation that says “we have to include the protagonist of the next Fire Emblem game.” Moreover, we don’t even know if there’ll be another Smash game."
As many fans know, Sakurai has said this about the franchise several times in the past, and the reporter pointed this much out. Building off of his point, he acknowledged that Sakurai has personally been in charge of every single iteration of the Super Smash Bros. series – including the ongoing DLC. This then prompted the creator to admit that even the string of downloadable content was soon coming to an end.
"Well, DLC is coming to an end soon, too, y’know."
All that's known about the next (and potentially final) batch of add-ons is that Final Fantasy 7's Cloud Strife will be amongst the newcomers, with a brand new stage based on his game in tow. This clearly won't be all that Nintendo has up its sleeve – with existing rumors stating that the likes of Shovel Knight could also be joining the fray – but only time will tell what else the Big N has in the cards for Smash fans.