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Sakurai Excluded Chrom from Super Smash Bros. Roster Because of a Lack of Unique Characteristics

With the latest reveal of new characters heading to the Super Smash Bros. 4 roster, there are certainly some questions abound. Masahiro Sakurai has since revealed his reasoning for choosing the latest additions: Robin and Lucina. Just as well, he explains just why Chrom isn’t a playable character in the game. Getting a look at the process is definitely interesting and really makes you wonder just who else will make the cut in the coming months. Too bad for Chrom, though.

I played all the way through [Fire Emblem: Awakening] 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.


It’s true. As cool as he is, Chrom doesn’t really stand out with any particular abilities. Sakurai then went on to reveal that Lucina almost didn’t really make the cut quite like she did. While she was initially intended to simply be an alternate costume for Marth just like the male and female Robin, Villager, and Wii Fit Trainer, he put a bit more thought into altering her playstyle to better suite a different character entirely.

Lucina uses the same techniques as Marth, a fighter with whom I’m sure most of you are already familiar. I even went so far as to make their strength, speed, and special attacks almost identical.
However, what sets Lucina apart is the fact that the strength of her attacks is uniform along the blade. Marth’s playstyle emulates the elegant swordplay of a fencer by dealing more damage when he strikes with the tip of his blade, but the damage Lucina deals is evened out. Thus, I think that Lucina will be much easier than Marth for novice players to play with. […] However, even though Lucina shares her physical stats and techniques with Marth, the characteristics of their attacks differ. When two such similar characters function in an even slightly different manner, I give them a separate spot on the roster since that will affect battle records and whatnot. In that sense, you could say she was very lucky to join the fray!

Sure, there’s isn’t really a drastic difference, but it’s nice to see some carefully crafted decisions going into the creation of her character. Plus, playing Fire Emblem: Awakening shows Lucina as the baddest bitch on the block. I couldn’t be happier to see her join the roster, even though she almost didn’t make it in.

Did you want Chrom in the game? Are you terribly disappointed? Have you written an angry letter or do you just not care? Who are you excited to see join the final roster in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS? We can certainly guess and talk about it for now but we won’t know until Super Smash Bros. 4 finally arrives on the 3DS on October 3rd and on Wii U this Holiday season.

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