Smash Bros Brawl: Sakurai Gives Some Character News
As found at Joystiq.com, Super Smash Bros. creator, Masahiro Sakurai, has been updating fan-questions frequently at the Japanese Smash Bros website (these updates have not yet trickled into the English language version, predictably).
According to Sakurai, many characters from the previous installment, Super Smash Bros. Melee, will NOT be making a come-back. Rumor has it that Ice-Climbers and Mr. Game & Watch were the first to be given the axe. Sakurai also stated he wants to place less of an emphasis on game characters that are only popular in Japan. Whether or not this means the Fire Emblam characters will be cut is unknown.
In regards to new characters, supposedly there will only be 2 or 3 non-Nintendo guest stars (Solid Snake already being confirmed). The rumormill has stated that Wind Waker-Link will be replacing Young Link, while Ridley (from Metroid) and the irritating Baby Bowser (AKA Bowser Jr, from Super Mario Sunshine) have been added to the list. Haven’t been able to find any hard evidence on that rumor, however.
As far as gameplay is concerned, the controls and moves for each character are being “refined” as a means of making them simpler to control, particularly in aerial combat. The speed of the game will also be slowed down, though we don’t know by how much.