One of the biggest things that the Wii U has going for it is the next installment of Super Smash Bros. I know that personally, I won’t buy a Wii U until I have a chance to get my hands on the newest title. Maybe that’s just be being a huge fan boy, but that’s just how my mind stands on the issue. Over the long weekend, I had a talk with Gaming Unwrapped OC Editor, Jake Thomas, about what he wanted to see in the next Smash Bros installment. One of the biggest things we agreed on was a bigger character roster. From the looks of things, we won’t be getting our wish.
Masahiro Sakurai recently told Nintendo Power that instead of focussing on quantity in their next title, they are going to work on quality. Basically, they want to spend an ample amount of time developing each character well, instead of making so many characters that they will blend together. Here’s an exact quote from him.
“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.
“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.”
Honestly, the news kind of saddens me. I was really looking forward to some new characters in the upcoming SSB game. I guess I will just have to cry, and accept the fact that Nintendo doesn’t want to make a super fighter game with a huge roster.
The sad thing is I will still undoubtedly buy the game.