There were 36 playable characters in Super Smash Bros Brawl. Is that enough, or would it really be that much better if Nintendo managed to squeak a few more in? As it is, you had characters like Ness and Lucas, Diddy and Donkey Kong, and Marth and Ike that pretty much played identically. So for the next entry, Nintendo isn't focusing on quantity.
It was confirmed at E3 2011 that Nintendo was working on a new Super Smash Bros game – an announcement that surprised no one. It was later clarified that the company has designs for both a 3DS game and a Wii U game to expand the franchise. Now, Super Smash Bros director Masahiro Sakurai, who gained a cult following before the launch of Super Smash Bros Brawl because of his constant teases and updates, is giving us a hint of what to expec.
"It isn't a matter of 'if the next game has 50 characters, that'll be enough.' There is a certain charm to games that have huge casts of playable characters, but they tend to have issues with game balance and it becomes very difficult to fine-tune each character and have them all feel distinctive," Sakurai said in a recent Nintendo Power article.