With a game as big as Super Smash Bros. finally coming to the current generation of consoles, many fans began to speculate on possible DLC characters. During the 50-Fact Extravaganza, the popular Melee veteran Mewtwo was announced to be a free downloadable character for owners of both versions of the franchise’s latest installment. This initial offering seemed to confirm the general suspicion that Nintendo would in fact take advantage of DLC and extend the game’s playability through more fighters, stages, and even music. This entire notion, at least temporarily, has been put to rest directly by Smash creator and director Masahiro Sakurai in a recent interview with VideoGamer.
“I understand that DLC could add a lot to the appeal of Smash Bros., 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. 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.” — Masahiro Sakurai
So there you have it. According to the Masahiro Sakurai himself, there are no current plans for any sort of Smash DLC. While I personally wish they would go the DLC route to introduce even more fighters and represent more franchises, it’s understandable why they wouldn’t. Who knows, maybe they’ll change their mind sometime down the line.
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