Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Director Explains Lack Of ARMS, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Fighters

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate excited fans leading up to its launch last year with the promise of both every previously used Smash Bros. fighter ever, as well as brand new fighters. While not a numerous amount of new additions, Ultimate brought many desired characters from more recent games to the fighting series, such as the Inklings from Splatoon and Joker from Persona 5. However, some new games that players wanted to see represented did not have any fighters present, namely Arms and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Now, the Super Smash Bros. creator has spoken out about the lack of Xenoblade and Arms Super Smash Bros. fighters.

As reported by Push Dustin on Twitter, Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai recently spoke with Nintendo DREAM magazine about various aspects of Ultimate’s development. According to the relayed information, Sakurai confirmed that the main reason why fighters from Arms or Xenoblade Chronicles 2 were not included was mainly due to the release scheduling of these games. Given how recent these games began development and released their final versions, the Smash Bros. development team simply would not have had enough lead time to properly do the characters justice. Smash did acknowledge these games with a Spring Man assist trophy and obviously Shulk from the first Xenoblade game is still present as a fighter.

Sakurai also included other interesting tidbits, such as the fact that Pokémon Decidueye nearly beat out Incineroar for a spot on the roster. Hopefully these insights give fans some clarity on why their newer fighter requests didn’t make the cut. Even if they didn’t become fighters, maybe fans will feel like they are in the game in Spirit (mode).

Do you guys accept this reason for no Xenoblade or Arms Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighters? Let us know in the comments below! Be sure to stay tuned for the latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate news, such as one fan’s creatively crafted King K. Rool cosplay, here on Don’t Feed the Gamers! Follow us on Twitter to see our updates the minute they go live!

Cory Lara2042 Posts

A royally radical and totally tubular 90s kid, Cory has a passion for all things nerdy, particularly gaming and nostalgia. While an accountant by day, he strives to be as creative and humorous as possible in his free time, be it here writing on Don't Feed the Gamers, or making dumb satirical posts on his Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and Instagram accounts.


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