Don’t Expect A Lot Of Third-Party Characters In The Next Smash Bros

Don’t Expect A Lot Of Third-Party Characters In The Next Smash Bros

The people behind Smash Bros. say not to expect a lot of third-party characters in the next incarnation of their fighting game. Mega Man is an exception.

While chatting with Smash designer Masahiro Sakurai this morning, I pointed out that fans are very psyched about the Blue Bomber making an appearance in his next game. Third-party characters — or, characters from publishers not named Nintendo — are uncommon in Super Smash Bros., and after appearances by Solid Snake and Sonic in the last game, Brawl, a lot of people were hoping to see Capcom bring Mega Man to Nintendo’s mascot fighting series.

“So,” I continued, “what’s the third-party character you’d most like to see?”

Sakurai laughed.

“I’m really sorry,” he said through a translator. “If I were to answer that question, I’d get in a lot of trouble in a lot of different ways, so I can’t answer. But I think I can say generally that there won’t be a trend of adding a lot of third-party characters. You can sort of think of Mega Man as being the special case.”

And what about returning characters? I knew Sakurai wouldn’t want to get too specific — Nintendo likes to announce characters for their big mascot fighting series with a dripfeed of news on the Smash Bros. Dojo website — but should fans expect all of their favourites from Melee and Brawl?

“The reality of the situation unfortunately is that there are certain limitations on the 3DS,” Sakurai said. The 3DS and Wii U versions of the next Smash Bros will have the same library of characters.

“So we’re forced into the situation where we may need to reduce some characters to a certain degree. but we’re really working hard in order to include as many characters as possible.”


  • Solid Snake was cool, but style-wise, stuck out like a bit of a sore thumb….

    I’d love to be able to have some Sonic V MegaMan/BlueBlur V BlueBomber action, but maybe they’re saving him for Wii U Mario Kart? Or Sonic All Star Racing w/Mario – though if forced to make a wager on either – I’d find the former more likely 😉

  • If they did decide to bring back Solid Snake (and they should, he was awesome in Brawl), would it be his original English voice actor? Because that would be awkward.

  • I’m not sure I’ve ever heard anyone put forth Bomberman as a suggestion. Wouldn’t mind seeing him.

    May the soul of Hudson ever rest in peace.

      • Bomberman, Megaman, and Sonic are the only third party characters that feel like they fit in Smash Bros, so it’s not surprising.

  • So… the Wii U misses out on characters because the 3ds can’t handle it? That’s pretty lame…

  • Unfortunately, I think we’ll be seeing Sonic again.

    This is only personal, but I don’t think I hate an IP and fictional character more than I hate Sonic.

    If I hear “way past cool!” one more time, I swear to god.

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