What may come as unfortunate news to many, Nintendo currently has no plans for bringing paid DLC to either version of Super Smash Bros.
After what seemed like an eternity, Nintendo fans got their hands on the first of two new Smash Bros. games last month, with Super Smash Bros. for 3DS. The console counterpart, the much more robust Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will release in just 2 days- 11/21. Both versions feature a slew of new features, including the 3DS-exclusive Smash Run and Street Smash modes, and support for insanity-laced 8-player matches in the Wii U version. Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS have the largest roster yet for the series, however a handful of favorites failed to make the final cut.
In a recent Smash Bros. themed Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that the Melee-exclusive Pokemon Mewtwo would come to Smash 3DS/Wii U as “free” DLC; there is a catch, as he will only be free to those who purchase and register both versions of Super Smash Bros. According to a new interview with Masahiro Sakurai and VideoGamer.com, Mewtwo will be the only DLC character for Nintendo’s mascot-brawler. While the inclusion of DLC characters “could add a lot to the appeal of Smash Bros,” Sakurai believes this may lead fans to believe that Nintendo is simply “cutting up content” or selling an unfinished product. As proven with the Skullgirls Encore crowdfunding campaign, Sakurai confirms that developing each character “involves a huge investment”:
“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….”
While Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS both feature a roster of 51 characters, a handful of characters were excluded from the final version; Solid Snake, Pichu, Ice Climbers, Lucas and Pokemon Trainer failed to make the cut; Young Link has been replaced with Toon Link.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will release on 11/21 in North America.