Sakurai: Super Smash Bros. U Won’t Include Characters From Fighting Games

*Note, this photo is not an accurate depiction of the final characters, and includes fan favorites such as MikeisaPoet's Goku suggestion

*Note, this photo is not an accurate depiction of the final characters, and includes fan favorites such as MikeisaPoet’s Goku suggestion

If you were hoping to see someone from Street fighter, Mortal Kombat, or River City Ransom in the new Super Smash Bros., don’t hold your breath.  According to Sakurai, it isn’t going to happen.

“The biggest feature we look at in Smash Bros. is, ‘What does this character bring to Smash Bros. that other characters don’t?’ If you look at… someone from a fighting game already, and people like fighting with this character, from my point of view, it’s like ‘this guy does what this guy already does. He fills the role that this character already has. So while you may like this character and he’s interesting, that doesn’t really merge well, here.” – Sakurai

Now that some of you might have tarnished and broken dreams, who are you hoping will still make an appearance?

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  1. SMH this is why I don’t like Sakurai. His statements are too broad and the fact that he’s in charge of this entire game has gone to his head.

  2. I really wanted to see a fighting game character in Smash, I thought it would have been cool for that character to use the same button combinations for their specials as in their fighting games.

    I think this is why it’s good for new people to take over franchises after a while, because after a while, you run ou of ideas, and a fresh look at something can be good. Don’t get me wrong, I think the game will be great, I just think Sakuri should sit one out.

    I have been doing a series of roster predictions/wishlists on Youtube, right now my most wanted “longshot” character is Mike from Star Tropics.

  3. I understand Sakurai-san’s reasoning and I agree with him. I would like to see Geno from Mario RPG. I also want Geno in Mario Kart.

  4. PS. I also want Mallow and I think it would be very cool if they included The Regginator (Reginald Fils-Aime) as the final boss! 😀

  5. So when Link shoots arrows, wields his sword and shield, throws a bomb, etc., isn’t he doing what he already does? Doesn’t every character do what they already do?

    I don’t really care if they’re not in the game, but his statement doesn’t make sense so it’s probably not true. For the most part Nintendo wants to stick to their world in games like this, so I’m guessing the real reason has to do with things like licensing, branding, marketing, etc. Again, not really a big deal, but just be honest about it.

    Street Fighter IV was such a huge early hit for the 3DS though, you’d think they’d try to work that in somehow. Akuma vs DK? That would be cool.

  6. Unless he is talking about Little Mac I am fine with what he said.

  7. Nurse Joy.

    She should be in the game.

  8. Lou, yet again through being an anti-Nintendo troll, you miss the point.

    If a character is in a FIGHTING GAME already and DOES WHAT HE DOES, there’s no point in having him here. GG on disregarding the sentence that would have made your whole complaint moot. He sees no point in bringing over a Ryu or a random fighting game character because they’ve already got their game to be in, why remodel them and work them into Smash?

  9. Also this photo is incomplete, I don’t see Goku and if you’d check the Smash Miiverse community, he’s definitely most wanted. Lol.

  10. Keep drinking the kool-aid Wakko.

    I get his point. But it’s obviously a lame excuse so I’m calling him out on it.

    Let’s look his quote in a different way – “I don’t want fighters in a fighting game.” That’s idiotic.

    They want to maximize their own product by featuring as many IP characters as possible, which again, I’m fine with. But I’m not fine with the lines of BS that keep streaming out of the company these days.

  11. MikeisaPoet…fixed it for you…

  12. Essel, you win an Internet.

    And, I dunno Lou. I see where you’re coming from on this, but I think “I don’t want fighters in a fighting game” is oversimplifying it. Super Smash Bros. has always been about taking the most unlikely group of Nintendo characters (read: all of them) and making them punch the hell out of each other. I think he’s just saying that including a character that’s already at home in a fighting game would just be redundant.

    Not to mention, it’s as much of a fighter as Mario Kart is a racer. Very different from the “usual” crowd of games in the same genre.