Masahiro Sakurai, during the development of Super Smash Bros. 4, said character selection process was stressful 'almost to the brink of death'

Let's take another look at the fighters that were cut going from game to game in the Super Smash Bros. series

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • April 10, 2018 at 5:48 a.m. PDT

A new Super Smash Bros. title has been announced for the Nintendo Switch. The extremely short trailer revealed only a few things.

Splatoon characters Inklings will be among the playable roster. Mario and Link, in a Breath of the Wild motif, will be return from previous Smash Bros. games. And finally, we know that the game will be released sometime in 2018.

Despite all this information, there are still a number of questions that fans were left with at the conclusion of the trailer. Is this upcoming brawler a new entry to the series or was it simply a port of Super Smash Bros. 4 from the Nintendo 3DS handheld and Wii U console?

Speculation about who will be joining the roster has also come about thanks to the silhouettes that were shown towards the very end. We've seen characters cut from previous entries in both Brawl and Smash 4. Will anyone get cut this time?

During the development of Super Smash Bros. 4, we reported on an interview with Masahiro Sakurai himself that was conducted by Polygon. According to Sakurai, the roster selection process is very stressful to him.

In fact, he described the intensity of the stress as though it were "almost to the brink of death."

"Whether it's a minor character or a character that is one of the most highly skilled and most played, if that character is removed from the game, the people who live for that character in Smash Bros. are going to have their feelings hurt." - Sakurai

Sakurai continued with "because it's not just a matter of me personally thinking this character or that character is going to be in the game; it's that we also have the game balance, animation, graphics and sound to think about in order to make that character fully fleshed out in that universe. I have to think about all of that when I go through this decision-making process."

More specifically, Sakurai mentioned that he didn't particularly enjoy removing characters. It seems that he really cares a great deal about the feelings of the people who plays his games.

"Whether it's a minor character or a character that is one of the most highly skilled and most played, if that character is removed from the game, the people who live for that character in Smash Bros. are going to have their feelings hurt."

Let's take a look at the fighters that were cut going from game to game in the Super Smash Bros. series.

Super Smash Bros. 64 to Melee

• N/A

Super Smash Bros. Melee to Brawl

• Dr. Mario
• Young Link (essentially replaced by Toon Link)
• Pichu
• Mewtwo
• Roy

Super Smash Bros. Brawl to Smash 4

• Squirtle (Pokemon Trainer)
• Ivysaur (Pokemon Trainer)
• Solid Snake
• Ice Climbers
• Wolf

Will more playable characters get cut going from Super Smash Bros. 4 to this Super Smash Bros. title for the Nintendo Swtich? Let us know your predictions in the comment section below.

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