Sakurai: Bowser Jr. was on the brink of being cut [from Smash 4]; says he created Greninja's attacks, poses, and moves in one night

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • January 1, 2015 at 6:22 p.m. PST

Nintendo Dream -- a Japanese gaming publication that focuses on Nintendo coverage and developer interviews -- conducted an interview with Super Smash Bros. series creator Masahiro Sakurai for its 250th issue special.


In the two-page piece, the Nintendo developer touched upon the process in which characters were selected for the Smash 4 playable roster, the fact that more characters were planned to be in the game, but didn't make the cut, and more.

Sakurai begins by stating that the idea of creating a new Super Smash Bros. game is usually an impossible feat in his mind. However, he is quick to say that once the ball does get rolling, he works at an alarming rate.

"For example, Greninja, even before his name was decided I received several illustrations," Sakurai explained. "I took them home in the evening and around midnight I had already done all his actions, normal moves, special moves and pose-pictures and sent them around asking 'What do you think?'."
In May of 2012, the project-proposal for Super Smash Bros. 4 was complete, and at that point in time the roster had already been decided. Unfortunately, some characters that were originally intended to be in the latest Smash Bros. title just didn't make the cut due to low-priority and the development process.

Sakurai's lips remain sealed on which specific characters didn't make the cut, but what we find most interesting is that Bowser Jr. was dangerously close to being among the abandoned litter.

"Bowser Jr. was on the brink of being cut, but the staff said, "We'll do our best!" and we made it."

The Smash Bros. creator points out that characters who didn't have a new title releasing around the time of Smash 4's development suffered an "overwhelming disadvantage" when it came to priority. Even characters that actually did end up in the final product could have easily been left out if the development process had gone just a little bit differently.

It really makes you think: which characters ended up getting the ax? I'll bet that the Rhythm Heaven Glee Club kids are out there, somewhere, singing sad tunes and awaiting the next Smash Bros. game...

Source: Nintendo Dream. Via SmashBoards.
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