Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai recently released two anthologies of his weekly Famitsu column Think About the Video Games. The translated anthologies go into some of the development process of some of the features found within Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, as well as some of the features that didn’t quite make it into the game. There are tons of new and interesting details revealed from the translations, and you can read some of the key ones below!
- Rock Pikmin were planned for the game, but were ultimately put on hold. It is unknown if development had begun on the Pikmin, but it was said that if they were in the game they would be heavy with high attacking power and short reach. The Rock Pikmin likely would’ve been in the game if there was more time for development.
- Smash Run on the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. was originally planned to have co-op, but the 3DS’s processor was unable to handle multiple fighters on the same screen at once, so the mode was dropped.
- Along with a co-op mode, co-op powerups were also dropped from Smash Run.
- Initially Sakurai planned to have four versions of each special, and during this idea phase Mario was set to have a double fireball, as a slide shows off.
- Like the light vs. dark mode in Kid Icarus: Uprising, Sakurai planned to have special rules to 4-on-4 team battles.
- The Mii Fighters’ Specials were originally planned to be in-game rewards, but this was scrapped and they became default content for the Mii Fighters.
- Adding a bunch of character customization options encouraged solo 3DS play, while also encouraging a variety of play styles. Sakurai also implemented these customization options as rewards rather than powerups, as the customization option is far more complex.
- Random events were also added in order to encourage split second decisions.
- All characters on the roster are decided from the beginning, along with specific character themes that bring out their unique attributes.
These are only some of the points found in the 25-slide translation. You can view all the slides and information in the gallery below!
Source: Source Gaming