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Nintendo currently has no plans to release premium DLC for the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros over fears that fans may believe it deliberately held back content from the main game, game designer Masahiro Sakurai has told

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"I understand that DLC could add a lot to the appeal of Smash Bros.," Sakurai said, "and I appreciate that a major part of the excitement for these games come from which characters will appear in the roster, so I think fans could really enjoy DLC that could keep this excitement going. However, I think there might be criticism that we are cutting up content to sell characters one by one, or that we are adding things later that should have been there from the start.

"Creating a single fighter involves a huge investment, and we've already been giving it our all and investing a lot of work in the characters currently available in the game and, I think it’s an incredible package in terms of the sheer amount of content in the game. But it might be that people may not understand and may think that I am not offering enough by just looking at DLC itself.

"In light of this, we always need to weigh up both sides of this topic and carefully consider whether it really is best to have DLC or not.

"However, what I can say now about paid DLC is that we aren't working on anything at the moment," he continued. "We’ve put all our efforts into making the actual game. Creating DLC would involve large additional costs and require the involvement of a lot of people. I can't yet give you an answer about whether the price would justify the costs and criticisms mentioned above."

But what about adding Nintendo executives Reggie Fils-Aime, Shigeru Miyamoto or Satoru Iwata as official playable characters? Surely they'd turn a profit?

"I don't think the inclusion of these characters would be very interesting to a wide audience," Sakurai continues. "For the amount of effort involved, I would actually prefer to add another roster character. As it takes a lot of work to add a character to the game, it’s not a decision that can be taken lightly."


Nintendo announced last month that players who register both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros would receive Mewtwo as a free playable character in spring 2015. It has yet to announce any other plans for free DLC.

To read our full interview with Sakurai in which he discusses post-release updates, Amiibo support and his problem with leaderboards, head through here.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U launches on November 28.

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Well there is plenty of pre-order or retailer exclusive DLC that was never made available through any other means and if it ever is, it's usually many, many months later.
That's nothing new in gaming.

It's just a bit odd to say "We're not working on paid DLC." after already revealing you're working on DLC that will only be free under a certain condition.
Which takes us to MJTH's suggestion.

Have to be honest, I only got the 3DS version because I know it would link up to the Wii U version and suspected it would either unlock goodies or work as a means of making early progress. Such as being able to unlock the whole character roster in advance.
I get no joy from playing it on the handheld, even with the larger 3DS XL.
To me, using the 3DS as a controller in the Wii U version sounds like the worst thing ever, and that the option even exists kinda blows my mind.
You'd have to be really desperate to try and gather 8 controllers for that. Then the person using the 3DS would be so crippled compared to other players its not even funny.
Posted 00:04 on 20 November 2014
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CharleSketch@ MJTH

Who knows. Hyrule Warriors still has content that was exclusive for pre-ordering from certain retailers; and the Ganondorf costumes one could get only by registering the game on Club Nintendo for a limited time.
Posted 23:52 on 19 November 2014
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MJTH@ BrySkye

Or, more worryingly Mewtwo could be exclusive to only people who own both. Hopefully this isn't the case.
Posted 18:42 on 19 November 2014


Erm, but if Mewtwo is only free for people with both versions of the game, that already suggests it'll be offered at a price for people who don't.
Bit ambiguous.
Posted 17:07 on 19 November 2014

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