Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai has taken it upon himself to preemptively apologize to fans now for any characters he may potentially cut from the game—rather than endure their wrath later on in the development cycle.
“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,” a humble Sakurai said in an interview with NowGamer. “But in the event that we do have to cut some characters, I’d like to apologize in advance to those fans.”
The game director also notes the difficulties associated with adding new characters to the mix. “Adding new characters is not a simple addition—it’s really multiplication,” he said. “The amount of work, adding a character is multiplied and becomes bigger and bigger as you go.”
From what we know about the roster so far, new characters include The Villager (Animal Crossing series), Mega Man (Mega Man series), and the Wii Fit Trainer (Wii Fit series).
Known to be returning in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS are Mario, Link, Samus, Pikachu, Kirby, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Fox, and Pit.
Super Smash Bros. is coming to the Wii U and 3DS 2014.