Fighting games may very well be some of the hardest games to make. One of most focused on aspects of the genre happen to be balance; making sure every character is on equally footing with one another. This seems to be an issue with the new Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS.
In an interview with NowGamer, Masahiro Sakurai, creator of the Smash Bros., says that some characters from the previous Smash Bros. games won’t be returning. He states:
We don’t have the time to fully recreate every single character who’s been in Smash Bros at this point.
When explaining his reasoning for not bringing back some of the cast, it seems to be a matter of timing. He goes on to say:
Adding new characters is not a simple addition – it’s really multiplication. The amount of work, adding a character is multiplied and becomes bigger and bigger as you go. We can’t because of the amount of work it takes. However, I do believe I understand that each character has its own set of fans out there who really like that character.
So we’re not going to cut characters out of the way, we’re going to put in as many characters as we can, we really want to do that, because it’s good for the fans and good for all of us. But in the event that we do have to cut some characters, I’d like to apologise in advance to those fans.
Sad to hear. However, it is a matter of what you prefer. Would you want rather the game delayed, in order to fit more characters in? or Would it be better to have the game come out on time, but with a smaller roster? It does not mean much to me, seeing as Kirby is already confirmed for the game, but would some of you be upset if you favorite character were cut?