The Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date is still shrouded in mystery with news scarce until E3 2013 where Nintendo will reveal the first screenshots for the 4th-gen fighting game. So we thought we'd take a moment to talk about which new characters we hope to see, and which roster members might get the axe when the Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date finally arrives.

So Long, Solid Snake

Don't be surprised if the new roster of characters doesn't include Solid Snake. Adding the Konami-created character, who had never appeared on a non-PlayStation device before brawl, was a huge get for Nintendo, but now Sony may decide they want their stealthy hero back for the sequel to their own Super Smash Bros.-style fighting game, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.

With the Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date in site, Sony is likely already making moves to secure ownership over Solid Snake for their fighting franchise. The soviet-era super spy was noticeably absent from PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale after Nintendo managed to wrangle the rights to his character from Konami. Instead, Sony opted for Raiden, a crowd favorite in the Metal Gear Solid franchise but a sorry second to the true hero. Don't expect the execs at PlayStation to let this happen again. With the PS4 rapidly approaching, development on the sequel to All-Starsr Battle Royale is likely ramping up, meaning that Snake's time in the Nintendo world is probably coming to an end.

So don't be surprised if when the Super Smash Bros Wii U release date arrives Solid Snake's character is absent from the roster. After all, Sony and Nintendo are rivals, so why would PlayStation let its biggest competitor profit from one of their own best heroes?

Hello, Pac-Man! (maybe)

But don't worry, there are plenty of other options for new fighters, from the newly revealed "Mewthree" to the most popular rumor around, Pac-Man!

Will Pac-Man be revealed as the newest cross-over character when the Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date is announced? Nintendo has yet to confirm a single member of the 4thg-gen game's roster, but a quick look online reveals dozens of amateur YouTube videos promoting the arcade ghost chaser. Here's our favorite:

And here's some Pac-Man themed music so the new addition won't hold up the Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date:

But if Pac-Man does make an appearance when the Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date arrives, will he be any match for Nintendo's arcade classic monkey villain, Donkey Kong?

Of course, Pac-Man isn't the only suggestion Nintendo fans have for characters the hope to see appear in the roster when the Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date arrives. Check out this video featuring ten great suggestion from Rayman to Sora from Kingdom Hearts:

Sakurai's Role

While we won't know anything official about the Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date until E3, chief project developer and Nintendo super star Masahiro Sakurai has been making headlines lately. Most recently, we got a taste of what to expect from the 4th-gen Smash Bros. when he discussed Brawl's disappointing online mode in his weekly magazine column, hinting that we can expect some big changes to the often criticized feature.

In his recent column discussing what to expect when the Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date, Sakurai responded to a letter he received by one Smash fan disappointed by the game's online mode:

"The other day, I had my first run at Smash Bros. Brawl online play. What I found was that nobody ever went on the attack; it was like everyone was taking the approach of waiting for the other guy to take the offensive. There were no items, either. I wanted to shout at them 'This isn't how you do Smash Bros.'! As the producer, what do you think of fights like this?"

Sakurai, the one man responsible for the highly anticipated Super Smash Bros. release date, took the time to respond to the message publicly:

"The idea of Brawl's 'carefree brawling' motto was to get rid of as many restraints as possible and allow people to choose whatever play approach they like... I'd like people to take some freer approaches with their gameplay, but the sort of battle style you describe in your letter is not interesting or fun. That's why I'll probably be thinking of a way to deal with that in the next game. We've learned a lot about net play since Brawl was released, after all, so a lot more is possible."

"Of course I suppose the fact that we've still got no-fee online battles available in a game that was released five years ago is another cause of the problem. It would have been nice if we could have revised the game rules as appropriate, but with the system we had, that wasn't possible."

With the Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date quickly approaching it's nice to hear that team Sakurai is considering more than just which haracters and items to add (or cut) from the 4th-gen sequel. The focus on online play is a welcome development. Back in 2008 we were excited to hear about the new online mode, but quickly realized that the new feature was unfinished. Hopefully, that will be fixed this time around. Even setting aside how playing online affected fighting styles for the worse, the experience was just too laggy to be enjoyable.

"I think that just improving the lag issues could already do a lot for the SSB online play ;)" tweeted Dr.Kendo ‏@Dr_Kendo.


Now we don't want to scare anyone, but the Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date could be in peril! It's been a few months since news broke that Sakurai has calcific tendonitis in his right arm, which could seriously impair his ability to work on the upcoming title.

The report sent Nintendo fans into a flurry of worried speculation over the Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date, but thankfully, Sakurai responded with a few reassuring words:

"Thanks a lot of encouragement messages. Please don't worry about my injury & SMASH BROS development."

Which new characters do you want to see when the Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date arrives? Let us know in the comments below.

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