Super Smash Bros. for Wii U creator Masuhiro Sakurai recently sat down for an interview with Brett Phipps of VideoGamer. With the game about to launch, there were a few different questions regarding DLC, Amiibo implementation, and what support will look like for the title.

When asked about any plans for upcoming DLC in the title, Sakurai stated, “I understand that DLC could add a lot to the appeal of Smash Bros.” But he didn’t leave it at that. “However, I think there might be criticism that we are cutting up content to sell characters one by one, or that we are adding things later that should have been there from the start.”

It’s refreshing to hear a developer like Sakurai have such a solid view on DLC, and that when a game is released, it is expected to be complete. On the other hand, he didn’t explicitly deny that upcoming content would be coming. “We always need to weigh up both sides of this topic and carefully consider whether it really is best to have DLC or not.”

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“However, what I can say now about paid DLC is that we aren’t working on anything at the moment. We’ve put all our efforts into making the actual game. Creating DLC would involve large additional costs and require the involvement of a lot of people,” Sakurai finished.

He then answered in regard to depth of Amiibo functionality. “Amiibo are CPU characters, however they aren’t programmed to be able to fight against bosses or make their way across a level like in a platform game. Although great efforts would be required to redesign the programming logic for Amiibo from scratch, the outcome we gained would be small.”

“We’ve put all our efforts into making the actual game.”

The Smash developer then had very little to say regarding upcoming patches and support for his recent creation. “Thanks for your interest, however this hasn’t been decided.”

As always, I recommend reading the full interview; Sakurai usually has some very interesting things to say, so it is worth your while. Smash Bros. for Wii U hits North America tomorrow, November 21.

  • Thomas Andersen

    This is how it should be! It seams many develpers today already got the DLC ready when the game launches, its obviously not like this with SSB! I think there is so much content in this game, that DLC wouldnt really add anything to the game! At least not any depth!

  • Vladislak

    This is disappointing in some ways to me. I’m glad it’s not going to be bogged down with pointless DLC, but I’m also already frustrated with the roster and hoped for more additions.

    Zelda, Kirby, Metroid, and Donkey Kong Country were all ignored and I’d hoped DLC could give those franchises some love.

    But then again, he DID leave it kind of ambiguous saying that they aren’t working on anything “at the moment”. So I guess there’s still hope.

    • JaidynReiman

      Yeah, he left it ambiguous. Basically, he wants to finish the game first before doing DLC. But another interview also says that Mewtwo is kind of an experiment. So yeah, I definitely think more DLC is going to happen. I really just want K. Rool and Isaac, though the existing roster is fine…

  • Ryan Haney

    “However, I think there might be criticism that we are cutting up content to sell characters one by one, or that we are adding things later that should have been there from the start.”

    I like him.

  • Merylas

    It makes sense. Don’t take away from the initial release of the game by doing DLC. However, after the big rush of the game’s release is done, there’s nothing wrong with going back to the game post-release and saying “now what can we do to add more stuff to the game?” I’m hoping that there’s DLC fighters ala MK8 style: Focus on making the game the best you can, worry about DLC afterward.

  • Cameron Fraser

    I think adding some veterans should be fine, if Ice Climbers can’t be programmed for 3DS then make them Wii U exclusive and give the 3DS a different exclusive DLC character.


    Sakurai is cute

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  • Izumi

    ???????????? SUPERTROLL……………

  • Doug1916

    Shame we could of got a better character