Sakurai discusses how Pokémon are chosen for Super Smash Bros.


Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai has touched on how Nintendo decide which Pokémon characters to include within each instalment.

Game Freak’s iconic creation has so far been well represented within the brawler series, seeing the inclusion of playable characters including Jigglypuff, Lucario, Mewtwo, Pichu, Pikachu, and a Pokémon Trainer.

“Well first of all, we talk with The Pokémon Company,” Sakurai began explaining to NowGamer. “What’s the hot Pokémon? What Pokémon are in the movies right now? And really do a lot of research on that front.

“For example, X and Y are coming out – of course, we haven’t done any market research because they’re not out yet, but we look at the animated series or movies and anything like that and again, find out which ones are going to be central to any of conversations in Pokemon going forward.

“But it’s not just that – going back to just what we talked about, what’s unique about them? Where do they fit in with the rest of everything else? What do they have? It’s a combination of those things.”

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