New Smash Bros. won't have story mode, cutscenes

Masahiro Sakurai confirms some of Brawl's features cut for new entry; performance-altering character customization confirmed.

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The upcoming Super Smash Bros. game for the Wii U and 3DS will not feature a story mode or cutscenes, creator Masahiro Sakurai has confirmed.

In his biweekly column for Famitsu (via Kotaku), the designer explained that many of the videos from Super Smash Bros. Brawl's Subspace Emissary mode appeared online, taking away the novelty of the experience for the player, Sakurai said.

"Unfortunately, the movie scenes we worked hard to create were uploaded onto the Internet," Sakurai said. "You can only truly wow a player the first time he sees [a cutscene]. I felt if players saw the cutscenes outside of the game, they would no longer serve as rewards for playing the game, so I've decided against having them."

Though the upcoming Smash Bros. game will not feature such cutscenes, Sakurai said he remains interested in launching character-specific videos that can be shared online. Nintendo has already released such videos for newcomers the Villager, Mega-Man, and the Wii Fit Trainer.

The new Smash Bros. game will not feature a story mode, but Sakurai said the 3DS version would include a game mode that will "act as a separate mode from the standard versus play," though he did not go into any greater detail.

Sakurai also confirmed that the 3DS and Wii U versions of the new Smash Bros. game will have different stages and that some form of character customization will be available in the game. Customization will affect character performance, though Sakurai would not go into further detail.

The untitled Smash Bros. game for the Wii U and 3DS launches in 2014. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

699 comments
MyGamespot124
MyGamespot124

at least we wont have a cheap intro like in brawl

blackzio
blackzio

the story for game of thrones is in the books, cancel season 4!

bennehftw
bennehftw

I love nintendo for the most part, but in all honesty: It sounds more like since the Wii U is failing pretty bad, they are seemingly fast tracking some more wanted titles in hopes that they can bring the Wii U back. Meaning they had to cut development time into the new SSB game by getting rid of the story mode all together. 


It makes more sense when you think about it that way, instead of that sugar coated comment of spoilers.


I'm still going to probably love the game regardless of course, it might even make me want to buy a Wii U

gashoe13
gashoe13

um... his reasoning for removing the cutscenes is so stupid it hurts...that'd be like not releasing a movie because it'll be so good people will spoil it. if they're that good, why would you deprive the entire world of seeing them?

Samarooney
Samarooney

Darn... I'm gonna miss the cutscenes so bad! It was amazing watching the characters interact with each other, and it would have probably been better in the Wii U's HD graphics /: I hope Sakurai changes his mind and make some cutscenes similar to the ones in Brawl.

Sunuva22
Sunuva22

no story mode will make me like it less dumb reason to remove it too, this reminds me of Playstation all stars with its void of story mode. Even though I barely played story mode once or twice it was kind of fun to play with a friend. If they dont have a story mode there better be like 20 more characters otherwise lame. THe first few smash bros didnt have story mode and were fun though in retrospect

MyGamespot124
MyGamespot124

well the only reason I played subspace was for the epic cutscenes subspace is dull and made no sense

Wild Gunner
Wild Gunner

well , the story in super smash bros brawl did not make the slightest sense!

jacksamuk
jacksamuk

Well, as long as I can kick everybody's ass with Mega Man, I'm fine with it.

blaze_boy30
blaze_boy30

Weak reasoning. Cutscenes get uploaded all the time. Idk how to feel about no story mode. It gives me something to do when my friends aren't available. I fight bots to but some variety would be nice. On the bright side, we may still have a Classic Mode, All-Star Mode and Multi-Man Modes.

FrogDude14
FrogDude14

Even after Sakurai makes a follow up statement saying how he "supports the decision" and believes the multiplayer will be enough to stand on its own, I still won't be convinced that this is a good idea.

StarkJJ
StarkJJ

Annoying. Single player in fighting games provides more bang for the buck.  Taking it away?  Bad move.  Online better actually work this time!

demonniggler
demonniggler

How does your logic work, Sakurai? If some people want to spoil the story and watch the cutscenes first online, that's their choice. Why is this the main reason to discontinue the cutscenes? Developers like Sakurai are why Nintendo is slowly dying. :(

TransformerRobo
TransformerRobo

This won't last long. Enough people will complain, even for stupid reasons, and Nintendo will change their minds.

Thagirplus
Thagirplus

''I wanna buy Super Smash Bros. because of its aweasome story mode.''

said no one ever.

ReeksOfAwsmnss7
ReeksOfAwsmnss7

People keep complaining that they aren't getting a Wii U for this game. Last I checked, it's coming out on the 3DS too..

TairuSzoola
TairuSzoola

As stupid as I find it to not put a story or cut scenes because people share it online, I do not even care that they will not have it. Who plays Super Smash Bros for their story? It was trash and truthfully not something I cared to look at. The customization seems awesome though.

Psychikos
Psychikos

As cool as I found Subspace Emissary, if you're playing SSB for the single player experience, you're doin' it wrong.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

What a crybaby. This is the new world, everything gets shared. People who want to experience the full mode and achieve those cutscenes shall do so, people who just want to see cutscenes simply won't, deal with it.

jon_bone
jon_bone

The story mode mode and cut scenes were cool and all, but I would rather have an expanded Adventure mode like Melee's.

MetrosexualVaan
MetrosexualVaan

This just further proves how out of touch the game industry is with their fanbase. 


APizzo667
APizzo667

If there is no story mode, is this just an online, PvP game? Someone enlighten me please. The one of the flagship games for this console and no campaign? Confused.

blackyoshi33
blackyoshi33

Well, let's just hope that Nintendo pulls an EVO SSBM thing here and adds it back in... because I LOVED Subspace, it was one of my favorite parts of Brawl...

It's good to hear that there's gonna be customization, though! And I hope they aren't talking about stickers when they say that...

kazama99
kazama99

Ugh so annoying in every direction. Firstly the stupidest idea to remove any cutscenes because of leaks? I didn't get to see them yet, so now I am punished??

Secondly the gaming world is becoming SUPER INCREDIBLY dumbed down like zombies, that almost nobody gives a care about a great story. My goodness, the vast majority of MMORPGs have no roleplaying factors whatsoever. People just freaking raid, troll, kill stuff , oh and create stupid or offensive names. Making the game not roleplaying at all (and I am not talking about Roleplaying like RP servers. You can RP without RPing =D ) This kind of attitude is going into almost all genres now.

Nobody wants a good story. And the developers are seeing this and spending more time on the "action" and "effects" rather than drawing in a gamer to a colorful or dark world with atmosphere that means something.

johnnycaged
johnnycaged

It's not about whether the story mode is really worth it or not in a SSB game... it's about the audacity Nintendo has to give there customers the big "fuck you" if you will for having there cut scenes leaked on the internet. - Punish all for the actions of a few - nice policy Nintendo 

Daniel RosenbƎrg
Daniel RosenbƎrg

genuinely who cares about a storymode in smash, its not what you buy it for

tightwad34
tightwad34

I have feeling this won't hurt sales one bit.

Kusann
Kusann

Well, at least he didn't go like, "the story mode is on the disc, but you gotta pay $15 to get it :D"

I honestly can't care less for a story mode in a fighting game, subspace emissary was weird and the last part was not funny at all, I mean that labyrinth-like-fight-all-the-bosses. If they take that away for, say, more moves, and this character customization then I'm in. Story mode both in Brawl and Melee were just some kind of "filler". There are games that don't need story modes at all, this is one of those.

Ovirew
Ovirew

I thought the story mode in Brawl was kinda lackluster anyway.  And I enjoyed playing through the regular arcade mode and doing all of the other side-stuff like multi-man melee and break the targets much more.

Are people seriously buying this game for the story?

DrClownAss
DrClownAss

@bennehftw 

so you don't have a Wii U and yet revel in it's failings from afar. You sicken me.

PrpleTrtleBuBum
PrpleTrtleBuBum

@blaze_boy30 But... But someone will upload videos of all those pre-determined matches and strategies for the special modes. It isn't worth the effort including those modes.

PrpleTrtleBuBum
PrpleTrtleBuBum

@Thagirplus They haven't really delivered, but with the source material they could really do something extraordinary. Lego games sell like cakes game after game although it's purely story and it's just recycling the same simple mechanics.

Similiar voiced, co-op enabled story mode that takes you through Mushroom Kingdoms to Kongo Jungles to Brinstar to Hyrule to Kanto district in which you face countless familiar faces from Kremlins to Space Pirates to Tingle to Professor Oak could be huge. And the interaction and dialogue possibilities between Mario, Samus, DK and the rest...

Maybe that will be the selling point of SSB5. I guess I'll wait for it.

BladeOverload
BladeOverload

@jon_bone Exactly. I still hold melee as my favorite in the series and kind of felt that the story mode took a bit away from the fighter experience that brawl pushed for. If they could take more from melee and expand on it, I feel that we could very easily have a new best smash game.

Fooforaw
Fooforaw

@MetrosexualVaan Nah, Ninten just has a stigma against the internet (which explains a lot when you think about it).

BladeOverload
BladeOverload

@APizzo667 

When they say no story mode, they are referring to the subspace emissary type mode that brawl had. They will still have the classic mode which is a series of challenges based on each character, all-star mode, minigames, the mini challenge missions, and the standard set up for player vs computer. I don't really agree with the choice myself, but when you think about it, melee did not have a story mode feature and is acclaimed to be the greatest game in the series, proving it doesn't need one to succeed. I'm sure we will also have a few surprise features as every smash bros has added a little something. Overall don't worry, most of the comments are either trolls or exaggerations. There is still enough offline features to garner a purchase, at least for me. Hope I clarified a bit for you.

blackyoshi33
blackyoshi33

Wait, now that I think about it... if they take out story and videos... do we get more fighters?

MegaMannaMageM
MegaMannaMageM

@Ovirew Apparently. I for one buy these games and invite friends over and make a night out of it.

gamer4ever7777
gamer4ever7777

Don't really know what's so funny but yes i do play it for the story now it's just a mindless fighting