Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS Director Masahiro Sakurai Confirms “DLC is Coming to an End Soon”

on December 14, 2015 10:42 AM

While the game originally launched in the holiday season last year, Nintendo has provided scores of new content to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS through new characters, stages, costumes, and other DLC, though game director Masahiro Sakurai indicated that it does seem the game’s post-launch content will coming to an end soon.

Speaking in an interview as part of the series “Making of Fire Emblem: 25 Years of Development Secrets” (translated by SourceGaming), game director Masahiro Sakurai spoke on the history and future of the Fire Emblem series, though did also detail some information on future Smash Bros. DLC and titles, indicating that DLC for the current games will be ending in the future, while other series titles remain unclear at this time.

Specifically, Sakurai stated the future of the Smash Bros. series while explaining the process of including characters, in this case relating it to the characters from the Fire Emblem series:

“How much a character will please the players, how unique they are–there are a lot of factors that go into deciding a character’s inclusion.”

“I don’t know whether Fire Emblem will have many more games in the future, but it’s not as if we have a stipulation that says, ‘We have to include the protagonist of the next Fire Emblem game.’ Moreover, we don’t even know if there’ll be another Smash game.”

It’s unclear at the moment whether another Smash Bros. game will be happening in the future given the strenuous process of making it for Sakurai, who suffered an injury making the process of the Wii U/3DS games’ creation a bit difficult, though Sakurai has also previously stated if there is a new Smash Bros. title, he may be unlikely to be a part of it.

Alongside Sakurai’s statements regarding future titles in the series, he also stated more during the interview about the state of DLC and post-launch content expected for the Wii U and 3DS games:

Interviewer: You do say that every time [about Smash Bros. games coming to an end], though, so I do wonder if maybe it’ll just keep on going forever.

Sakurai: And I’ll become the Smash craftsman? (laughs)

Interviewer: Yes. After all, including the DLC, you’ve been involved with Smash since the beginning.

Sakurai: Well, DLC is coming to an end soon, too, y’know.

Last last month, Nintendo revealed that Final Fantasy VII‘s Cloud will be joining as a DLC character in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS sometime in the future, along with Nintendo previously announcing that a final Super Smash Bros.-centric Nintendo Direct broadcast will be taking place tomorrow, December 15th.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS are both available now.

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Ryan is the Features Editor at DualShockers, with over five years' experience in the world of video games culture and writing. He holds a BA in English & Cinema from Binghamton University, and lives in New York City.
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