Sakurai: Many third-party characters in Super Smash Bros. unlikely
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Published on June 17th, 2013

With Capcom’s Mega Man joining the character roster for the new Super Smash Bros., speculation is now rife as to who else may join Nintendo’s cast.

However, creator Masahiro Sakurai has attempted to reign in expectation by explaining “a third-party character like Mega Man is a very special situation,” and that even though Namco Bandai are aiding development that doesn’t mean their characters will automatically be considered.

“Just because the game is being cooperatively developed with Namco Bandai involved, that doesn’t at all mean that they’d be given any special consideration for having characters in the game,” Sakurai stated to IGN.

“Smash Bros. can still be considered as an all-star collection of Nintendo characters. Just like with Mega Man or any other third-party character, it would have to be a very special situation.”

Sakurai commented that the company have to consider many factors when determining whether to include, which can prove a challenge.

He continued, “Adding third-party characters should be considered a very special case. In the last game, when we added Sonic and Snake, there were lots of different hoops to jump through as far as getting approvals and making sure all the parties involved were happy with the way things went. You can consider it a very special circumstance for that to happen.

“Even in cases like adding Pokemon characters, there are a lot of parties involved and there’s a lot of wrangling. It’s much tougher than people can imagine. I know lots of people have requests and their own ideas about third-party characters that would work, but I want people to understand that adding a third-party character like Mega Man is a very special situation.”

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