Sakurai Explains Why Chrom Wasn’t Playable in Smash Bros. 4

Smash Bros. 4 Robin Wii U and 3DS

If you’re into Japanese Gaming Culture, chances are you’ve come across popular magazine, Famitsu. You may not have known this, but Masahiro Sakurai from Nintendo of Japan has a weekly column that he writes talking about his development over at the Big N.

This week, Sakurai had something interesting to say in his column pertaining to the upcoming Smash Bros. 4 game on the Wii U and 3DS. In it, he explains why highly demanded character, Chrom, wasn’t included in the character roster for the game.

At first, Mr. Sakurai talks about the two Fire Emblem characters that were announced on Monday: Robin and Lucina.

“We’ve just announced two new characters who will be joining the fray in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U. One is Robin, the avatar from Fire Emblem: Awakening, and the other is Lucina, a swordswoman who plays an important role in the same title. I’ll skip over the details.”

Chrom Fire Emblem Smash Bros. 4 Wii U and 3DS

Chrom would be an epic addition to the Smash Bros. 4 Roster

Sakurai went on to talk about Chrom not being part of the roster:

“‘What? Not Chrom!?’ I suspect a lot of you will ask. Of course, Chrom is quite popular, being the protagonist of FE:A and all. However, I chose Robin and Lucina, and I will elaborate on my reasoning.”

“I played all the way through FE:A and really wanted to include a character from that rich cast in Smash Bros. Naturally, I considered adding Chrom to the roster, but the decision wasn’t easy by any means. At the end of the day, Chrom would just end up being another plain-old sword-wielder like Marth and Ike. Compared with other characters, he lacks any unique characteristics.”

This may come as a bit of a surprise considering the fact that Chrom is the main character in Fire Emblem, but I trust Sakurai’s judgement on the development of the game.

What are your thoughts on Nintendo’s choice to not include Chrom in the Smash Bros. character roster? We’d love to know. Sound off in the comments below.

Via: Sakurai on the latest Smash fighters, why Chrom wasn’t playable [Nintendo Everything]

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