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Super Smash Bros. fans hoping to see the series' character roster expand beyond the 36 included in Super Smash Bros. Brawl on Wii might want to realign their expectations, with director Masahiro Sakurai pointing to a focus on quality not quantity.

The previous Wii game was bursting at the seams with content, including its vast character roster, but Sakurai isn't keen on pushing this further.

"It isn't a matter of 'if the next game has 50 characters, that'll be enough.' There is a certain charm to games that have huge casts of playable characters, but they tend to have issues with game balance and it becomes very difficult to fine-tune each character and have them all feel distinctive," Sakurai told Nintendo Power.

He added: "In terms of quantity, we've probably already reached the limit of what's feasible. I think a change of direction may be what's needed."

The new Super Smash Bros. is coming to both the Wii U and 3DS, with the connectivity between the two platforms to be a major element of the games.

Via Nintendo Everything

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Why has everyone got this so wrong? That wasn't the point he was trying to make. He was saying there are more important things than the roster, not that the roster wouldn't increase.

@Woffls Why would they switch out Luigi? He's been there since the original. Why Ganondorf? They can easily change his moveset. IMO, the only duplicate that will leave will be Toon Link, because there is no way he can be changed to not be a clone.

@MJTH How exactly are Ryu, Rayman & a Belmont "obvious" missing third party characters? The only obvious 3rd party characters are Sonic, Snake & a Namco character. Mega Man is the most requested 3rd party character, but he's not obvious either. Nintendo won't add a rep from a fighting game in SSB, Rayman could possibly be in because of Ubisoft's support of the Wii U, but it isn't certain. Castlevania is only just returning to Nintendo consoles with a main game and Snake is Konami's rep. They're not certain, that's just your opinion. My opinion is Mega Man, Isa & Lloyd Irving, they're not obvious.
Posted 21:06 on 03 July 2012
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I kind of did want a few more new character at least five to ten, made up of the obvious missing third party characters, mega man, a Belmont, Ryu, Rayman, etc., But I'm fine with this as long as they get rid of the clones

@ Woffls speaking of clones, what do you mean Luigi? As of brawl, Luigi much less of clone character then the likes of Lucas, Falco, Ganon, etc. Since Mario's move set changed a bit (and Mario got really nerfed) in brawl and unlike most of the other clones he has a different final smash then Mario... But then again I play as Luigi on brawl so I'm a bit biased.
Posted 18:15 on 03 July 2012
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This is positive news. There is quite a delicate balance in Smash Bros games, but I hope they switch out some characters that are almost duplicates like Ganondorf and Luigi.

I really hope they make it in 1080p and have the person with the pad controlling item drops to make things interesting. Obviously they'd have their own goals, which could be achievement driven, like "drop a barrel on Mario's head 3 times in one match" or something.
Posted 12:43 on 03 July 2012
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