Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl both included a single player “Story Mode”; “Adventure” in Melee, and “The Subspace Emissary” in Brawl. Both versions included extensive single-player experiences, along with cinematic CG shorts. However, players won’t find these in the next iteration of Smash Bros.…because of the “internet”.
In his bi-weekly Famitsu column, Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai confirmed that the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS will not feature a Story Mode, nor will it have cutscenes, partially due to game footage being shown online. According to his article, each character’s cutscenes were meant to be a reward for the player’s hard work, and uploading that footage to the internet simply defeats the purpose; it goes from being a novelty, to just another gameplay video. Sakurai says, “Unfortunately, the movie scenes we worked hard to create were uploaded onto the internet….I felt if players saw the cutscenes outside of the game, they would no longer serve as rewards for playing the game, so I’ve decided against having them.”
While the news may disappoint some, Sakurai also mentions that the 3DS version will have an additional mode which will differ from “the standard versus play”, though he didn’t elaborate more on the subject. A new concept for Smash Bros., players can also customize characters for performance, though once again, Sakurai didn’t give any more details on the new customization system.
Sources: Gamespot, GameInformer