Series creator Masahiro Sakurai shared a new photo of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS that many speculate indicates the presence of a single-player mode of some kind.
The image (above) was posted to the Miiverse, accompanied by a note from Sakurai that reads, “Pic of the day. Where am I……?? To be clear, the new Super Smash Bros. games does not feature a story mode like The Subspace Emissary.”
Last year, Sakurai announced that the new Smash Bros. games would not feature a Subspace Emissary–style mode like Brawl’s. In his Weekly Famitsu column, Sakurai explained that the exclusion of a similar mode was a direct response to the amount of Subspace Emissary content uploaded to YouTube.
“You can only truly wow a player the first time he sees [a cutscene],” Sakurai wrote. “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.”
Fans believe the screenshot, which is reminiscent of a Subspace Emissary stage,, may indicate that the new Super Smash Bros. games will have a side-scrolling single-player mode, just without all the cinematic content packed into Subspace Emissary.