Sakurai Confirms Nintendo Has No Plans to Release Paid Downloadable Content for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS

By on November 20, 2014 at 10:58 am
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In a recent interview with Video Gamer, Masahiro Sakurai said that he and the team at Nintendo “aren’t working on anything at the moment” when it comes to paid downloadable content for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS.

Much of this decision, Sakurai notes, stems from the fact that he doesn’t want players to feel as though the company cut content from an otherwise complete product in order to be able to make some quick cash down the line through something like individual character sales.

Since Super Smash Bros. 4 already sports a massive roster of over 50 characters that spans Nintendo’s long life and many of the intellectual properties associated with the title have been around for so long, it’s understandable that a large portion of fan favorite characters couldn’t be included in the game’s final roster.

This is certainly an interesting take on how to handle–or not handle, I suppose–premium DLC. To check out the full interview, be sure to check out Video Gamer’s full interview.

Sources: Video Gamer via GameSpot

  • Garrett Jones

    Confirms “no plans”. So…that means nothing. You can make plans any time. I’d say a good time would be right after the sales numbers start rolling in. From Software did the same thing with Dark Souls on both games.

    • Jason Slade

      Yes but characters take months to create, develop and playtest.

      If there were any DLC characters coming any time soon they’d already be in the works by now.

      • Razzorn

        Not necessarily. Nintendo just believes in doing DLC the way it was intended. The statement means nothing other than they aren’t working on any DLC before the game is out.

      • Guest

        There’s no mention of whether they’d come soon, just mention that there’s no plans. Your statement doesn’t make any sense and fails to contradict anything like intended. It’s like someone made a comment on the weather and you decided that it isn’t nice weather because there’s sand in pockets.

      • Daniel Nath

        There’s no mention of whether they’d come soon, just mention that
        there’s no plans. Your statement doesn’t make any sense and fails to
        contradict anything like intended. It’s like someone made a comment on
        how nice the weather is and you decided that it isn’t nice weather because there’s sand in your pockets.

  • AsDeEspadas

    Nintendo of Europe says Mewtwo will be available to purchase later.
    https://twitter.com/NintendoEurope/status/535440807214743552

    • LinZhiWen

      This is not what Sakurai is referring to. Mewtwo was announced in the 50 things about Smash Wii U Nintendo Direct about a month ago. Everyone who was patiently waiting for Smash Wii U and kept a close eye on Smash knew this already, which I dare say perhaps a good 95-98% of fans would have known. By having no plans, Sakurai means any content that has not been revealed yet.

  • MaskedHeroxx

    Sakurai is stupid.. Smash could be way better -_- but he decides to make the same shit everytime

    I’ll play it but I wouldn’t have as much fun as I should be having

    • JoanLein

      1 – you are stupid
      2 – smash is going better and have new things
      3 – if you having a bad life…deal with it bro because sakurai is doing something with his life doing an amazing game and you….well…here like me comment xD.

      • tanbu

        1- Stop dickriding Sakurai and Nintendo
        2- That’s it.

        • Guest

          HYPE DESTROYED! YOU HAVE DONE SCREWED IT UP SAKURAI! FIGHTING GAMES ARE DOOMED! CASUALS WILL RULE! ROSTER IS A MESS! CLONE MOVES! CLONE FINAL SMASHES! AND NOW FORCED BUYING BOTH VERSIONS JUST TO GET YOUR FAVE CHARACTER FOR FREE! IT’S JUST THE SAME AS MKX GORO! FIRST KILLER INSTINCT, THEN GUILTY GEAR XRD, THEN SMASH BROS 4 AND NOW MKX! WHAT’S NEXT TEKKEN 7? FUCK THIS! IT’S MVC3 ALL OVER AGAIN(even with Megaman) NO GAME IS TRUSTING ANYMORE I’M DONE, WHY DO ALL PUBLISHERS AND AND CREATORS REVEAL/LEAK THIS INAPPROPRIATELY AND TROLLISHLY I QUIT SOMEBODY KILL ME FANDOM BYE! I’M OUT! BULLSHIT!

          • MaskedHeroxx

            Good someone that agrees

          • Pooh Hardy

            goro’s a pre order bonus
            Tekken had free DLC characters in TTT2 that were unlocked via pre order OR the future updates

            you gotta bait harder if you want a satisfactory reaction

          • JoanLein

            bye 😀

        • MaskedHeroxx

          Good someone that agrees with me

        • JoanLein

          hahaha ok, there is a lot of haters on this amazing website, jeez…people can´t enjoy things… always destroying…. for me! I ENJOY EVERYSINGLE FIGHTING GAME! and i have enought of one there is a lot more.

      • The best smash is Project M which was a hack created by a third party. Which goes to show other people can manage Smash better than Nintendo can.

        • MaskedHeroxx

          Thank you

        • JoanLein

          talking about competitive, i don´t care about that, i enjoy every single smash but project M is really good.

          • Don’t get me wrong I still have fun playing any Smash too ^-^

      • MaskedHeroxx

        More ppl fell what I’m saying than you..if u can’t see it ur a idiot

        • JoanLein

          BRO! there is MORE idiots and haters than actual inteligent people! and there is another stupid answer! it´s like i need likes to be someone! it´s like OH SOMEONE WRITE SOMETHING BAD then you read it and then you become a new hater! YOU WILL NEVER ENJOY NOTHING! it´s like if you can´t get something the best answer for you is to destroy it! if you don´t like it DON´T BUY IT! easy answers GOD DAMN IT! pff and if you don´t like what the developers are doing why don´t you start doing it by yourself!? but OH NO! being a destroyer person is MORE EASY!

    • Phil Wright

      How could it possibly be better?

      • Guest

        1. Revamp Ganondorf’s moves and give him weapons like in Hyrule Warriors. Same as Shiek’s change her Final Smash and Luigi throws Snowballs.

        2. Remove that primadonna bitch Lucina and replace her with Roy we have an Awakening character named Robin we don’t need another.

        3. Remove that Ebola giving Dr. Mario and that putrid emo clone Dark Pit. and make Falco ride and Arwing AND BRING BACK ICE CLIMBERS!

        4. Bring back L-cancelling and wavedashing exclusive on for Glory Mode also Subspace Emissary or Arcade Mode with storylines

        5. Bring back SOLID SNAKE or put SIMON BELMONT!

        6. Add Ray MK3, Isaac or Felix or Matthew, Kachi, Krystal, Wolf, Lucas, and a grass type.

        • Phil Wright

          So… Get rid of clones, give me more clones that I like it what you want basically… I mean honestly these are awful complaints and you should feel bad.

          • Pooh Hardy

            try again phil

          • Phil Wright

            Besides people getting their ridiculous fan lists of rosters into the game, nobody really had much of a complaint for this one. Bigger roster than ever before, looks great, new stages look great. they even gave you a competitive move. How can you not be happy? He gave you everything you wanted!

          • Pooh Hardy

            except the characters he dropped
            and the clone characters with little to no changes
            You can’t even white knight fanboy this one man, there are a lot of points you can’t plug your ears to

          • Phil Wright

            If he changed characters, then he’d be “ruining” core mechanics, can’t win with you people, just go play melee I guess? I mean we have a huge net gain in playable characters, few fighting styles actually lost. I mean what did you really expect? As time goes on in a fighting games life, characters are going to get dropped over time as making assets from scratch necessitates that you prioritize stuff. We still got a huge net increase in characters, so what if a few didn’t make the cut?

          • Guest

            Remember the words No Mai = No Buy

            it worked…

      • MaskedHeroxx

        Your joking right

        • Phil Wright

          Not really… they put in an enormous amount of effort into this game and overdid themselves again. It’s not a tournament fighter but it’s not supposed to be one and it appears to be a very fun and detailed game.

          • MaskedHeroxx

            Over did do u mean coquest mode -__- cus all is see is the same characters with the same moves list if not worse .some moves are even impossible to hit some thats’s a high level player, Witch in turn makes your character even worse cus it has even less moves to work with.a max of two buttons to fight with. We have 4 buttons on the pad make use of them, (FREE DLC) IF U BUY BOTH COPIES WTF!! Yea that’s free, No future dlc -__- smh, characters they took out the game like ice climbers, I don’t use them but wish thr fans had them

          • Phil Wright

            … I don’t argue with people who use emotes. I think we’re done here.

          • Guest

            Nintendrones are everywhere…

          • Yogsagath

            Don’t even try to talk to these people they have only a one track mind, no matter how much you try to reason with them, or try to understand them they won’t ever make a lick of sense or try to understand what is going on. After all they were stupid enough to like Melee since Sakurai made it an all.

          • Guest

            Even Ono, Mori, and Ishiwatari is better balancing the game than him he also makes characters unique

          • Yogsagath

            Prove your point because I recall SF4 vanilla to be a broken peace of shit, and then they had to release a new game just for balancing and a new cast of characters. Also Didn’t ultra go to the community for balancing later on? Honestly I wish Sakurai would do that but w/e.

  • JoanLein

    i really don´t need DLC in my smash, the game is already AMAZING! if i have DLC good and i don´t have DLC good, he put a lot of effort to make a game that will make you want to buy a WiiU if you don´t have one.

    • RomanceHD

      But what about.. my Smash?

      • JoanLein

        xD do YOUR smash then.

    • Shabadenaya

      Don’t own a wii u or 3ds and neither smash versions have seem to make me even think about buying a nintendo console just for them. Shit roster nuff said.

      • JoanLein

        for you! of course, it´s impossible to have the dream rooster for everyone at less not for mugen xDDDD

        • Shabadenaya

          I don’t need a dream roster I am a character loyalist I just need one character I can main from a franchise I enjoy regardless of their place in the tiers or how their playstyle is. I just feel the new characters they added are not to my personal liking but I can give them some credit since they took some consideration when making the roster to cater to real nintendo gamers, unlike myself I only play smash, mk and tvc on my wii. Since I am saying a character I like I wouldnt have minded if just one of these characters made it in the games, snake, bayonetta, banjo kazooie, agent ford, boo, or ice climbers just one of them would have been enough to sell it for me. The same characters I dislike and a few I have no attachment to isnt worth it for me.

          • JoanLein

            oooh ok xD good answer but hard characters to be in, remember it´s a NINTENDO GAME, not a GUEST game, just extra characters fan-service.

  • lol@u

    But isnt Mewtwo gona be paid for those who dont own both versions? lol

    • Awsumpossum12345

      SAKURAI DECONFIRMES MEWTWO

      • MaskedHeroxx

        I also fell that coming

    • Catacul

      Yes.

  • So does that mean any DLC that gets released is going to be free?

  • Aphelion

    Imprecise headline. They said they aren’t working on any right now (Mewtwo excluded), and that it takes a lot of planning and effort to make DLC characters. Doesn’t mean they won’t do it.

  • eilegz

    great im really against characters DLC, it fragments your player base and also its greedy….

    hopefully others think about it and react the same way leave characters dlc to “EXPANSIONS” which come with new content…

  • Jonathan Alexander

    Can’t let you do that Sakurai… Where’s my Isaac from Golden Sun

  • Guest

    HYPE DESTROYED! YOU HAVE DONE SCREWED IT UP SAKURAI! FIGHTING GAMES ARE DOOMED! CASUALS WILL RULE! ROSTER IS A MESS! CLONE MOVES! CLONE FINAL SMASHES! AND NOW FORCED BUYING BOTH VERSIONS JUST TO GET YOUR FAVE CHARACTER FOR FREE! IT’S JUST THE SAME AS MKX GORO! FIRST KILLER INSTINCT, THEN GUILTY GEAR XRD, THEN SMASH BROS 4 AND NOW MKX! WHAT’S NEXT TEKKEN 7? FUCK THIS! IT’S MVC3 ALL OVER AGAIN(even with Megaman) NO GAME IS TRUSTING ANYMORE I’M DONE, WHY DO ALL PUBLISHERS AND AND CREATORS REVEAL/LEAK THIS INAPPROPRIATELY AND TROLLISHLY I QUIT SOMEBODY KILL ME FANDOM BYE! I’M OUT! BULLSHIT!!

  • Sim Kazma

    This is kind of a no-win situation. Right now people are saying they don’t want paid DLC because that’s just the emotional reaction that they have, but in another year those people are gonna start itching for new characters and say that Nintendo abandoned the game if they don’t release DLC. They should just stop making these non-annoucments that don’t really mean anything because it’s just giving trolls something to link to when they eventually DO release Simon Belmont, Knuckles, and Master Higgins in a DLC pack.

  • There’s going to be more than just Mewtwo.