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Super Smash Bros. will not have story mode or cut scenes

Masahiro Sakurai has confirmed no story mode or cutscenes for Super Smash Bros. in his latest Famitsu column.

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While Masahiro Sakurai confirmed at E3 that the new Super Smash Bros. would have a single player campaign, in his recent Famitsu column Sakurai has stated that there will be no story mode and cutscenes will not happen in the game due to them being leaked early on the Internet.

“Unfortunately, the movie scenes we worked hard to create were uploaded onto the internet. 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.”

Despite this news, Sakurai has confirmed that he and his team have worked on introductory sequences for the new characters, including the Animal Crossing Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, and Mega Man. Sakurai also mentions an interest in doing these sequences for all the characters in the roster.

As for the 3DS version of the game, Sakurai stated that there would be a separate mode from the standard versus play for that game. What do you think of these changes? Let us know below!

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  • Zombie Boy

    No cut scenes? I might have to buy an XBox One or PS4 then, as all I want is cut scenes! No gameplay – just cut scenes!

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      If all you want it cutscenes, the Xbox One is perfect for you. In fact, who needs games? Just watch TV on your game console.

      • Zombie Boy

        In fact, I might just sell the console, give up gaming altogether and buy some DVDs instead!

        • Mario

          Stop joking you! You’ll buy the game even if it has story mode or not!

          • Zombie Boy

            Oh, definitely! I was just mocking the games on other consoles for their over-use of cut scenes :)

          • Mario

            I knew that.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            I think you mean most. Lol. Though, games today are more story driven so cut scenes are necessary, but I do agree that they’re over used a bit too, but not all games.
            If any games are guilty of over use of cut scenes, it’s the Metal Gears Solid series.

          • Zombie Boy

            Yeah, I was exagerating a little… But it was still funny lol!

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            :P

          • MasterPpv

            I agree for the most part, but I think saying “games today are more story driven so cut scenes are necessary” is the wrong mindset. It’s up to the developers to create story, and cutscenes are only one possible tool they can use. You could convey an excellent story without any cutscenes whatsoever. Think about the Half-Life games. For the most part, you’re in direct control of Gordon Freeman the entire time, and those games do an awesome job of telling a compelling story; they simply do it via gameplay, writing, music, environment, and design. And of course they’re not the only ones! The best games use cutscenes only sparingly, and when they do use them, there’s a legitimate reason for it and they help enhance the story, not singlehandedly tell it.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            It’s a different market today my friend. Cut scenes are the new way to tell the story. There’s nothing wrong with that mindset, just as theres nothing wrong with less cut scenes and more gameplay. It’s a matter of preference. You’re entitled to your opinion, though.

          • MasterPpv

            Thanks =) And I’m not saying that I don’t like cutscenes; I’m just saying that I’m disappointed that developers are regarding cutscenes as THE way to tell the story. It’s definitely a very powerful tool in their tool belt; I just want to see them realize that it’s not their only tool, and start taking advantage of all the other elements of a game that can be used to convey stories, and start using those things in conjunction with cutscenes to do a better job of telling stories through games.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Well of course it’s not their only tool, they’d have to be fools to think that. :P I enjoy both forms. Metal Gear Solid games for example are brilliant to me with how they handle cut scenes and it pays off. Mario games, while are not that story driven, make up for the gameplay and wonderful art style that the developers put a lot of hard work in.

            I guess the way to look at it, some games need them and some are better off without it, like Mario games. Can you imagine a Mario game with cut scenes left and right? It just wouldn’t be the same. All games have their own unique flavor, and all are great in their own right. I do agree that some games have little to no effort in them whether it has cut scenes or not. I’m talking about you Call of Duty.

          • MasterPpv

            Agreed wholeheartedly there. What’s funny is that Call of Duty 4 (the first Modern Warfare game) used cutscenes in an extremely well-done way, and they almost always helped enhance the story. The opening alone was really well thought-out in that regard. But ever since then it’s like they completely forgot the inspiration that drove them to create that game. Or worse, and probably closer to the truth, it proved popular and they were forced to stick to that formula by their publisher, despite not having that same level of inspiration, and have been creating increasingly less engaging games ever since.

      • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

        And with the XB One while you are watching TV the Kinect will be watching you… Just sitting there silently, observing, judging, reporting back to headquarters.

        • Jane

          You’re not important enough to spy on, so take off your tin foil hat.

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            Relax… it was a joke. Well mostly anyway..

          • Zombie Boy

            Don’t bother replying, she’s trolled the Mod below… She won’t be here long lol! You really have to question some people’s intelligence…

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            Or lack thereof. I saw that comment. Just another sad little person who is so pitiful in their own life they have nothing better to do then to join a site specifically about a company they hate to troll..

          • Zombie Boy

            Well she’s clearly an amateur if the first person she trolls is the person that does the banning lol!

          • thedeciderU

            your picture is fucking awesome. what’s it from? zombiu?

          • Zombie Boy

            Yep, the scariest bit in the game :)

      • Steven_Segal

        The Price is Right!!!

      • Jane

        You’re laughing now, but we’ll see who’s laughing next year when the WiiU still has no worthwhile games.

      • CTRAINGAMER

        I don’t appreciate that. And I’m guessing that you’re not a fan of the XBOX ONE.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        I resent that comment. Who wants games? Who can resist that tiresome idea they call Kinect? It’s of sheer brilliance. I’ll buy one and admire it for it’s glorious, tedious games and always connected spycam.

        Xbox One is all in one media. Get with the program.

    • Elitepwnsface

      lol

  • rcprieto06

    Those cutscenes were pretty cool, hopefully the storage saved from the absence of the cutscenes brings more stuff

  • Immallama22

    Really… If there were actually some cutscenes leaked I sure didn’t see them…

    • timehacker11

      I know. I have no idea what cutscenes he is referring to, and he should realize that once a game is released, people WILL record gameplay and upload it to UTube.

      Also, doesn’t he remember the Dojo where he posted many of SSBB’s secrets before the game released? He don’t consider those spoilers? Talk about stirring the pot.

      • The Libyan

        When his says Cut Scenes, I hope he means Pre Rendered. I would really enjoy in-game cut scenes to be scattered through out the modes in the game.

      • Levi Johansen

        Maybe he is talking about some of the trailer footage… like Mega Man joins the battle and such.

        Anyway, they should be in the game!!!

        Will there still be Classic mode? No adventure mode like subspace emissary is fine though, but we’ve gotta have Classic mode!

    • http://www.youtube.com/azhood321 AZHood

      From the linked article,

      In the previous game, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the development team took advantage of the rare occasion of having multiple different series’ characters all appear in the same game, so they painstakingly created a special story called the Subspace Emissary, complete with cutscenes for players to enjoy. It was a project that obviously took a lot of thought, time, and energy. And then, the obvious happened…

      “Unfortunately, the movie scenes we worked hard to create were uploaded onto the internet.” Sakurai lamented. “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.”

    • Jeffery02
      • The Clockwork Being

        NO those are the trailers

        • Jeffery02

          They could very well be cut scenes from the game. This is what I took from his comment. There are scenes in these videos that are NOT gameplay footage and I figured that is what he was talking about. After rereading the comment though, I realized that he could be talking about this or Brawl.

          • Javy G

            I have a feeling that’s what he meant as well…sometimes translations come in bits and pieces.

          • Mason742

            He is talking about brawl. I remember when it got leaked.

          • MujuraNoKamen

            That’s ridiculous though, if he’s referring to the above trailer it was his/Nintendo’s decision to reveal this as the games E3 trailer, it’s stupid to say “we spent ages making the story mode then we decided to show 1 scene therefore we’ve got to cut that whole part of the game and ruin it for millions of people because we spoiled the surprise”. And if he is talking about Brawl, that’s in the past, if people ruined the Brawl story for themselves then why does he have to terminate SSB4′s story mode, it would surely be completely different so saying people have seen it therefore it would “no longer serve as rewards for playing the game” is stupid!

          • Jeffery02

            True, true, and true. It’s a big disappointment for me as I loved Subspace Emissary. They could have something else just as good, but there’s no guarantee that that’ll happen. Unfortunately, they get all the say because we will all buy it anyway and they know it. Who knows though. Maybe it could be a dlc option down the road.

          • MujuraNoKamen

            Unless fans take to twitter or petitions to voice their displeasure at what seems like a way of cutting corners to get the game out faster, they might listen – it got MS to reverse the XBone fiasco. The DLC idea crossed my mind too, I hope they do the story mode for free or just do it cheap with a handful of characters or something – I like DLC I just hate it when you have to pay £15.00 for something that should have been in the game from day 1.

    • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

      Me neither.

    • Mr. J

      Whyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

    • Møhåmmęd Jårmøn

      He is referring to how in Brawl all the cutscenese from Subspace Emissary were put online. There for players knew the whole story without even playing the campaign. And Subspace wasn’t necessary to unlock the characters so you could just watch them all online know the story then just do regular brawl to unlock the characters. Basically there was no need to play story mode

      • companyoflosers

        yes but subspace was by far the easiest way to unlock characters. you could beat it decently fast and by the end, you have everybody. the alternative is playing hundreds or thousands of matches. a few hours playing subspace sounds preferable to me.

        • Spencer

          Thousands of games? This isn’t melee. Wolf the last character was unlocked at 450 games which I got way quicker with out doing the story.you had to do an easter the campaign was at least 20 hours and quit boring.

          • companyoflosers

            well i guess it depends on how often you feel like fighting npc’s over and over or how many friends or siblings you have to play with. i say subspace was fastest for me because im both good at the game so i cut down on retries and i dont have many people around to play against so theres onl so much time and patience i have for re-fighting npc’s

        • Spencer

          Thousands of games? This isn’t melee. Wolf the last character was unlocked at 450 games which I got way quicker with out doing the story.you had to do an easter the campaign was at least 20 hours and quixt boring.

    • Satoru Iwata

      Hello honorable gamer, I am as baffled as you are. Please understand, that I will contact Sakurai and get to the bottom of this so called leakage.

  • timehacker11

    So now we know the affects of having smash on both the 3DS and Wii U.

  • http://www.youtube.com/azhood321 AZHood

    Well this is old. Anyways, it’s not that the movies didn’t do it for me, it was SSE being so tedious to play through. Here’s to hoping that Adventure Mode makes a return.

  • Justin Carlson

    I guess now I have to go find those cut scenes since I didn’t even know they existed.

    I don’t agree with this decision though. That seems like a pretty childish response to having them leaked on the internet.

    Either that or he is pulling an EA and lying about why they won’t be included.

    • Fred

      the ones from Brawl got uploaded. They never made cutscenes for the new one and they’re not planning on doing it.

      • Justin Carlson

        Wow, if he is saying he’s not doing story mode because cutscenes from a previous game were leaked that is a bunch of bull. That is just an excuse to not make them for this new game.

  • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

    I must have missed those cutscenes and if the game is not coming out until 2014 how did someone get their hands on the cutscenes??

    • http://www.youtube.com/azhood321 AZHood

      The cutscenes he mentioned were from SSBB, not the upcoming SSB game.

      • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

        Oh… Thanks for clearing that up.

        • Joe (ジョー)

          A.) The cutscenes weren’t from Super Smash Bros Brawl. They’re from the trailer for the upcoming Super Smash Bros.
          B.) If you saw the trailer, then you would’ve noticed the cutscenes with Mario, Link, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Pikachu, Samus, Fox, and Mega Man. Those cutscenes were uploaded to YouTube, causing Sakurai to take out the story mode and the cutscenes because the cutscenes were spoiled for everyone.

  • Sam Norberg

    I really liked the cutscenes in Brawl, but they took up like half of the space on the disc. Better add more gameplay features and characters.

  • starwars360

    This game is just fighting game. No really need to have story mode or cutscenes.

    Fighting games shouldn’t have this.

    Look at Injustic got story telling in story mode is not good and story mode is bored while many modes outside of story mode is brilliant and fun. Many fighting games got quite same in story mode is all about you fight with other and beat in stage raise and repeat until final boss. So it is seem bored Story Mode. Also felt so much repetitive through Story Mode. I understand this.

    So this why I think I agreed with Sakurai.

    SSB going be epic with many modes, characters, online mode and stages. Cannot wait for this game so much.

  • Ice Climbers

    Unrelated, but Nintendo just confirmed that CoD Ghosts is indeed coming to the Wii U through their Facebook page.

    • Tom Greene

      Who cares…Call of Duty sucks balls

      • Ice Climbers

        True but it’s nice to see that Activision is supporting the Wii U with their most popular franchise.

        • Steven_Segal

          I want Destiny!

          • Lil J Moore

            and I want Kingdom Hearts 3

          • Steven_Segal

            I want GTA V

          • Clel

            I want POTATOES!!!

          • Steven_Segal

            I want TOMATOES!!!

          • Mario

            There are petitions for bringing KH3 to the WiiU. If you want, you can sign them at change.org.

          • Sora Morp

            my inner fanboy screams

      • Baum 「ツリー」

        nope…if you actually play its multiplayer it CAN be real fun if you’re a fan of that kind of games ^^

        I agree, It’s not the best game out there, but it definitely doesn’t suck…

      • Clel

        MLG would like to have a word with you.

        • Nintendude

          Major League Gaming? More like Major League… ummm…

          This may take a while…

    • Arthur Jarret

      They have also issued a press release that’s not yet on this website, saying they plan to continue to support the Wii U with their franchises.

  • The Clockwork Being

    I really love the Subspace Emissary. I was hoping to fight more multi-series bosses. I was hoping for more fun interactions between characters. Looks like I wont see it in this next game.

  • Adrian

    I saw no cutscenes. Include them, wth? It can’t HURT.

  • aldo2410

    no history mode, nooo I think I’m going to drink some cyanide pills

  • bizzy gie

    Can someone link those cutscene leaks?

    I mean since we’re not getting them anyway might as well at least see them.

    • Ace J

      he is talking about Subspace scenes from brawl were leaked

  • Ice Climbers

    Darn. Oh well, I’m still buying both versions of the game. Playing online will be great, especially now that its using Nintendo Network instead of Nintendo WFC. Lets just hope Sakurai has found a way to deal with taunt parties.

  • nintendope

    Well he should have been kind enough to provide a link where you can see those cut scenes now that they’re not going to include them… :( they might just be lost forever now…

  • Geoffrey Tasker

    <- totally has no idea what cut scenes he's referring to

  • AlexWilgus

    Thank you. The whole campaign mode in Brawl was one of the strangest and least enjoyable video game experiences ever.

  • DingoWalley

    That’s a shame, I really enjoyed the Subspace Emissary in Brawl. This is still gonna be good though.

  • sdmac200600

    I actually approve because now there will actually be a challenge to unlocking everyone instead of unlocking like 75% of characters through the story mode.

  • Nicolas Dorion

    wtf is this stupid shit? nintendo you are not in the early 90′s anymore think new! of course people will see it on youtube! but who the fuck cares people will still love the cinematics, even if they get spoiled

  • Mario

    Really? I haven’t even seen any cutscenes of the game! Or at all!

    • Fred

      He means the ones from Brawl were uploaded so people watched them before they even bought the game

      • Mario

        Those cutscenes!? I only watched them when I got the game!

    • Jeffery02
      • Jeffery02

        Nvm, from the comment he could also be talking about Brawl’s Sub Space Emissary.

      • Mario

        That was just a reveal trailer to give us a glimpse of the game.

  • Kyle

    TBH I didn’t like ssbb’s story mode, but I’ll miss the cutscenes.

  • Lusunup

    If there is no story mode what will there be? Im very curious to see what god has in store for us.

    • sdmac200600

      I’m hoping for a revamped adventure mode like the one in melee.

      • Kevin Wickham

        thats what I’m hoping too………… but with more stages like fire emblem, kid icarus, warioware inc, pikmin, animal crossing, wii fit, mega man and sonic……. (if he gets announced)

    • DingoWalley

      I’m thinking official Servers for Tournaments, more items, better online mode, more fighting modes (Such as Lives, Timer, Coin fight, etc), more and more creative maps, more assist trophies, and some surprises.

    • Fred

      the single player will probably be similar to what it was in the original game

  • Ducked

    …Why?

  • Ace J

    honestly i liked classic mode wayy better then Subspace mode. as long as ssb4 has classic mode iam happy. hell i loved adventure mode from melee too.

  • Starfoxguy

    Aww man :(

  • MetroidZero

    Does that mean Adventure Mode is returning? (like in Melee?)

    • The Clockwork Being

      IF they do bring back the Melee one, I hope the last Boss isn’t Bowser but a boss from the character’s series.

      • Jeffery02

        That would be pretty cool. Maybe they can have each character paired with another. Like Mario and Donkey Kong, Luigi and Bowser, Link and Ganondorf, and so on. Actually, nvm…. I just realized that that is what PlayStation All-Stars did. -_-

  • Mochlum

    Cutscenes being leaked is the excuse? You might as well not even add a story to a game, because that can get leaked too. :P

    Anyway, I’m not SUPER disapointed, since he said that there may be introductory cut scenes for each. As long as they’re cool like the Brawl ones, I’ll be okay…

    • greengecko007

      What’s funny is that the internet leak for Super Smash Bros. Brawl was Nintendo’s employees fault, and was started on their own website, Nintendo.com, under the Wii section. But we are getting blamed because whoever Nintendo hired to manage their website screwed up.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_leak

      “On January 28, 2008, Nintendo’s crossover fighting video game Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii console had a major leak having to do with unconfirmed playable characters. The leak was unintentionally started by the Japanese language http://www.wii.com website, which released a video that included small images of not-yet confirmed characters within the game. The website fixed this mistake, but the leak still continued. Websites like YouTube contain screenshots and video gameplay of the unconfirmed characters of the game.”

      • Mochlum

        Yeah, I’m kind of okay with less cutscenes but the excuse is pretty stupid.

  • Jake

    NNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Why. The game would have been amazing. It still will but it would have been
    amazingx2 b/c story mode last forever. It is the only Nintendo game where every character is in a story together.

  • Tom Greene

    No story mode…wtf Nintendo….keep putting those nails in Wii U coffin.

  • ezquimacore

    this is not what he means.

  • CMB

    Well, without the story mode we will now actually have a challenge unlocking characters

  • Jack5221

    So because some idiot decides to leak the cut scenes on the internet the rest of us don’t get to enjoy a story mode? That sucks :( Shame on that idiot who ruined it for us. Also, I never saw or even knew about the cut scenes were leaked. Never heard about it here or on IGN.

  • Mario

    I have an idea. We should all start petitions for bringing Story mode to the fourth Super smash bros game. I don’t have the money to start one. But I bet someone else can. Anyone?

  • 00EpicGamer00

    I am sad now…..Will their AT LEAST be some sort of adventure mode like Melee’s?

  • Jamal Brown

    story mode is the best thing on there

    • Mario

      Are you being sarcastic?

  • kinghenroc187

    all of ya are not looking at the bigger picture they are making it a tru arkades fighting game like street fighter marvel vs capcom see where im going and it gives them room for better graphics and give enhanced performance better stages better cinamatics and gameplay and the characters to unlock them, do it the old school way beat the game over and over with different characters you know the gamer way go nintendo

  • Jon

    I really think he reasoning logic is flawed, with that logic, it would be like him saying “we will not have unlockable characters in the game because people will post videos and walk through on how to get them and spoil the surprise”. Honestly, I think his logic is flawed here and people posting videos shouldn’t even be a problem. I am actually slightly disappointed.

  • JeanPaul

    Damn… Sub space Emissary was one of the best parts of the game for me. My twin brother and I played through the story for hours and it was just such a good experience. The fighting was good too but being able to share and discover the story and seeing how these characters interacted with each other with my twin was just to good!

  • Jeffrey

    I want & Suspect Cutscenes & Story Mode For The Wii U & 3DS

    • Merrfn

      Why do I see two other people with my profile pic…
      Time to change :/

  • Antar Rodríguez

    ok im all in for the gameplay but yeha this game need some cutscenes too, and were are the leaked cutscenes? i havent seen them anywhere

  • Baum 「ツリー」

    Let’s find the guy who leaked them….and destroy his damn life for ruining our Smash Bros xDD

    • Mario

      Let’s be civiliced. We can’t solve all our problems by destroying them.

  • Brandon Gardner

    Like I said before I really enjoyed the cut scenes from the previous Super Smash Bros game and I think its a shame for Nintendo not to include this time around…. I mean its 2013 you can see and watch every video game on YouTube…. so what are they talking about…. You have those people who can’t afford to buy or who just wants to watch it online and you have those who like the element of surprise of playing a game.

  • Andrew

    guys, this is a legit question I have, I’m not trolling and will definitely buy this game regardless, but that being said, here’s my question:

    How exactly is this game a step-up from Brawl?

    I mean, aside from the HD graphics, this game seems to be like Brawl but with several aspects cut, here’s what I mean:
    #1. The roster will be smaller
    #2. There will be less 3rd party charactes
    #3. There will be no cutscenes or story mode ( which I actually quite enjoyed)

    Except for the addition of Mega Man (and I’m sure a few more characters) and HD graphics, how is this any better than Brawl? because from what I’ve seen, it’s a step down
    I dunno. Maybe I missed something, if I did please let me know.

    • Jon

      why do you think the roster will be smaller?

      • Andrew

        Sakurai said he would have to cut some characters due to time restraints, “trim the fat” as I believe he put it.

        • Jon

          yes, he said he would cut some characters but that does not mean a smaller roster, we have already seen 3 new characters so he could be talking about cutting older characters to make room for new ones.

          • Gabe Hoffman

            The characters that go will likely be clone characters

          • Jon

            and yet we don’t know all the new characters…..or the characters being included.

    • Brandon Gardner

      I think @Barters said it right…. I think Nintendo may be rushing to release this game

      • Andrew

        yes, I agree.

      • The Libyan

        I don’t think that will be an issue though. They might rush out the game and then ,after release, put out the characters they didn’t have time to put in for free.

    • MujuraNoKamen

      Agreed 100%, Smash Bros is a great series because they add so much each time, now they’re saying here’s half the game you had in 2008, I don’t get it.
      I thought the Story mode in Brawl was great, it could have been better but hey that’s why there’s sequels, to improve on the previous one, now they’re just cutting corners and making excuses.

    • 00EpicGamer00

      The roster won’t be smaller. Sakurai confirmed that the roster size will be the same from Brawl. And Brawl had 35 playable characters, I think. Maybe Sakurai might bump it up to 40, but that’s about it. The thing you’re confused about is when Sakurai said that some characters will be cut. He doesn’t mean that the roster size will be smaller, he’s saying that past character in Brawl won’t be returning. Which, would probably be clone characters.
      Didn’t Sakurai say that their WILL be some sort of single-player expierence or something?

      • Andrew

        Very well. I stand corrected.

      • Andrew

        and about the single player experience, I honestly don’t know.

        • 00EpicGamer00

          Ohhhh…well I’m pretty sure their will be SOME sort of single player mode. I have a feeling it will be something like Melee’s adventure mode, but improved.

  • Barters

    Or Nintendo realise they need this game out ASAP so are cutting corners. This coupled with Mario World should show anyone the big N are in deep poo. Story mode etc was the main thing I played. Oh well, maybe next generation.

  • CharmanderRulz

    I don’t know if I even want this game now. I know that sounds a bit harsh but I never played a smash game for the game itself. I wanted to get all the stickers, cut scenes, unlockables and trophies. I didn’t even know the stickers could help you till I finished the awesome story. It may still have something that pulls me to the game but I now need to see what the game offers before I buy.

  • http://taiyokun94.deviantart.com/ Keaton

    Huh, no story mode. I was actually looking forward to it. I don’t recall any cut scenes, but if that’s his wish then so be it. it’s a shame, I really wanted to see what kind of story the new SSB would offer with its HD graphics and see if another enemy similar to taboo would appear, But I’ve played enough Smash Bros games to understand the heart of the game is the fighting. Oh well… without the story mode, the disk must have tons of space, hopefully they add a few new modes and keep some old ones like Boss battle, An updated classic mode and all star mode, Wifi battle with a choice of single opponents…I can’t think of anything else at the moment…

  • The Libyan

    I don’t know. I think when he says cut scenes he might mean Pre-rendered cutscenes. Which means we could possibly still have in-game cutscenes and maybe even a story mode. And @Andrew and @Barters, about the whole smaller roster thing. Because Nintendo is finally embracing DLC, we could see a small roster at first and then later after release we could get a bunch of other characters for free.

    • shoeses47

      Didn’t they already say they wouldn’t be doing DLC for Smash Bros.?

      • The Libyan

        They have no DLC planned at the moment (if I’m correct). But those plans can always change.

        • shoeses47

          Well if they do, let’s hope its cheap.

          • The Libyan

            Let’s hope it’s free.

          • shoeses47

            Fingers crossed.

        • Will.F. Martinez

          They also said they believe a game should come with all its contents already available. So that makes the possibility of dlc’s even less likely to happen

  • shoeses47

    As much as I love the Smash Bros. series, I’m really struggling to find a reason to get this on after this news. :(

    • The Libyan

      Why? Cut scenes get boring after you watch them once. The fun of Smash Bros is the game play and is amazing when you play with a group of friends or at a party. Plus, if they do online right, it will be a blast to play even if you’re alone.

      • shoeses47

        lol. I disagree that cut scenes get boring after the first time viewing, but that’s not the reason. The fact that there won’t be a story mode, it’ll have a smaller roster than the last one, and I personally don’t actually know anyone with a Wii U or 3DS to play this with are the reasons why I probably won’t get it.

  • Tails the Foxhound

    So no SSE-like mode, only ‘Adventure’ (possibly)? Dammit Sakurai, between this and the two new characters who aren’t Megaman you are KILLING my hype for this game. Well, at least tripping is gone.

  • everyone

    I wonder if they will still have them and this is just to add to the surprise. They haven’t released a bad Smash Bros yes and I doubt they are going to start now.

  • JamesJose

    The story mode was amazing! and the cutscenes were perfect cause they showed you how all the characters met in a single universe, HD cutscenes would have been stunning and really great. Why is he suddenly changing everything?

  • JBeauregard

    I’m cool with that! Let’s just freaking play! lol

  • XelaFury

    I’m kinda dissapointed now after hearing this news, it would’ve been okay with no cutscenes, but no Story Mode? I’m gonna have a hard time getting over this and moving on. At least I hope they bring the Adventure Mode back and there’s still boss battles, and hopefully Metal Mario makes a return as a boss in SSB4 this time.

  • Link Slayer

    This is stupid. If the cut sceans are done leave them. Every time I hear things come out of the mouth of Nintendo employess I want to puke they are becoming weird!

  • MujuraNoKamen

    That’s stupid! The single player in Brawl was great, it might not have been perfect but it was a lot of fun and added a butt-load of content to SSB, now they’re cutting a massive mode and just giving us essentially a cut-down version of Brawl – Don’t us Nintendo fans always say it’s good that Nintendo give us the same series over again because they add extra each time? now they’re axing half a game.
    I’m a big fan Mr. Sakurai but that’s a pretty stupid reason to be honest, if a handful of people saw some of the single player then they ruined it for themselves, that’s not a reason for you to ruin it for us! If having someone know vaguely what’s going to happen in the single player is such a big problem why not tweak it a little so as to surprise everyone when they play the game!? And what scenes were uploaded to the internet? I didn’t hear/see anything about it and it’s pretty big news, besides, I doubt someone uploaded the whole story so we’d still be in the dark for the most part. And if not, why not just alter the story? You said yourself Mr. Sakurai “we worked hard to create” so why throw it away when that would disappoint many fans, waste your work, and take away a big part of Smash bros when there’s a solution to this problem.

    PS: Can someone show me this leaked footage, I can’t find any anywhere.

  • ItzameyaToad

    This is ok in my opinion takes it back to the original Smash Bros way of doing things, though having cutscenes would have been cool.

  • iambubbaq

    GOD! Why do people at Nintendo keep making these illogical conclusions?! I love when games have cutscene theaters just so I can watch the cutscenes over and over. Now tell me again how they are only rewarding the first time? Really? Come on…. I loved the story mode and cutscenes in Brawl and was really looking forward to them in the Wii U version after the awesome trailer at E3. Fighting games are better to me when they have stories. It’s exactly why Tekken has been my favorite for a long time outside of Smash of course. But here I am let down again. Seems to be a trend lately with Nintendo…

  • Madmagican

    Hmm, kinda a mixed feelings thing for me
    I REALLY enjoyed the Subspace Emissary and cutscenes in Brawl and I was looking forward to what would be in SSB4
    but if there’s more modes to make up for it I’ll be okay

  • Patrick Francis

    Well, I can’t find where these cut scenes are on the internet.
    They make it sound like everyone has seen them.

    • Shadao

      It’s the Subspace Emissary cutscenes from Brawl he’s referring to.

  • Fabio Furtado
  • brian murphy

    i can understand them being leaked but hell i still would want them in the game also story mode would make it alot more fun in single player mode or at least a cut scene for each character after you beaten every other character something to look forward to hope its not to bareboned dont want to stop playing it anytime soon

  • WiiU4All

    Brawl was kind of a let down for me. I enjoyed Melee the most. I’m hoping they go back to melee’s roots and bring back the hardcore fighting mechanics instead of softening it up.

  • Gabe Hoffman

    You people are complaining about a game because there is no cutscenes? That is almost as stupid as saying Mario 3D World sucks because there is no online co op. Basically Sakurai is saying that he is trying to trim the fat by cutting out all the unnecessary stuff. Think about it perhaps this will free up resources to focus on fine tuning more important aspects. Perhaps the single player campaign will be more similar to the adventure mode from Melee. And he does have a point since leaking cutscenes early can be a magnet for spoilers.

    • oontz

      Mario 3d world DOES suck because there is no online co-op. If its a multiplayer game it should be multiplayer online and off.

      • Gabe Hoffman

        Just because it multiplayer does not mean it always has to have online. Online play is better suited for some games than others. I feel online works better for competitive rather than co op play. Don’t get me wrong I know there are some games out there that handle online co op pretty well like Borderlands and L4D. But in the majority of the games I have seen with with online co op, its usually an afterthought at best and a mess at worst.Imagine if 3D World did have online play, what if you can’t get any of your friends to join? You would have to search for a random player which brings me to my main problem with online co op. If you end up searching for a random partner, 90% of the time you are going to get stuck with either a douchebag or an idiot that does not know shit what he is doing. Than you have to worry about a whole bunch of other problems such as lag, connection issues, server crashes, etc

        • oontz

          “Just because it multiplayer does not mean it always has to have online.”

          yes in 2013 it does.

          All my friends and I have families now, we’re grown up. We still enjoy gaming together, but our family and work commitments mean it’s almost impossible for ALL of us to get together in person. But we can always find some time to get together online, even if for a short period of time.

          Kinda reiterates the fact that Nintendo doesn’t take the mature gamer into account any more when producing content for their systems.

          • Gabe Hoffman

            You miss my point. Online play works better in some game than others

          • oontz

            And online play would work fine for Mario 3d world.

  • blindtiger

    good news to me! dont waste your time on a mediocre makeshift single player story. spend it on the heart of the multiplayer (or level editor)

  • andres

    i still get amazed by all the cutscenes in smash bros brawl, i watch them over and over, i hope they decide at the end to put story mode with cutscenes like they did in brawl.

  • noel

    Wow! I havent seen no cut scenes, now im going to look them up on youtube smh

  • Moreck

    I haven’t seen the leaked cutscenes, and I’m pretty sure that most Smash Bros fans won’t either. That reasoning doesn’t make sense to me at all.

  • noel

    Sometimes the big N shoots itself on the foot. True fans will purchase the game no matter what. EVEN IF WE’VE SEEN SOME “CUTSCENES” yeeez!!!

  • Joey Perez

    i think we all have no clue what he is really saying… i mean if there are no cutscenes what do you call the animations we saw at the e3/ nintendo direct when it shows mega man and villager and wii fit trainer.. they are cut scenes..of sorts….. i highly doubt that nintendo would put in the man hours to create such great cgi and not make use of them outside of the introductory of new playable characters.

    • Andrew Chambers

      I think he means it’ll be more like Melee and less like Brawl. All of the clips in Melee were just to introduce the contenders, while Brawl had a story.

  • FungalSpawn

    Not true. If animation was made, it will be included, end of story.

  • Your money

    I have three words. GOD DAMMIT PEOPLE

  • Matt Lambourne

    Awesome, half a game, just what the Wii U needs…

    • Dabass

      How is taking out cgI cutscenes half a game? I really hate stupid people.

      • greengecko007

        The lack of a story mode is a major blow to the game. The story mode in Brawl was the most reliable way to unlock characters and was fun in its own right. I suppose they could still do an adventure mode that can be played by every character, but games in a series are supposed to get better with each installment, not regress.

        • JamesJose

          agreed

    • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

      Last time I checked you do not play the cut scenes… you watch them. Sometimes cut scenes are a necessity or add to the game but other times they are just filler and really no need for them.

      • oontz

        It’s still cutting corners

  • Farespokemon

    https://www.change.org/petitions/nintendo-sora-we-demand-a-story-mode-for-the-next-smash-bros here is a petetion to make them make a story mode for the game!

    • Guest

      you want to delay the game so they can add Subspace emissary? no thank you.

      • Mario

        Not that story! A new one! P.S. I meant a new story that takes place after the events of Subspace emissary. And who’s downvoting me!? I’m not trolling! I’m giving my honest opinion!

  • Saleh Sbeiti

    Wow, this is seriously pathetic, I’m gonna be honest, I bought a Wii U at launch and this is what I get? And I know you Nintendo enthusiasts will defend them no matter what and you guys hear whatever you want to. But you do realize this is just a way for them to save money and release the game faster to move hardware. Just sayin’ :/

    • Dabass

      He gave a clear reason and is a very passionate person when it comes to his work. What is pathetic is your assumption that this game that has been being developed for the last 2 years is being rush over something that usually requires a team that has nothing to do with in house game development.

      • oontz

        You’re an idiot. So please stop typing.

      • 00EpicGamer00

        Umm, the game is kind of being rushed. Sakurai has to have the game completed by 2014. Remember that he’s working on, not just one smash bros, but two smash bros games at the same time. He has to have BOTH games completed by 2014. That’s only 1 more year he has to finish the games.
        So, I’m pretty sure he cut the story mode due to time constraints. And, i’m not sure if the 3DS version would be able to handle a story mode. Sakurai is trying his best to keep the games as related as possible, so it’s fair. The only thing that’s different about the 3DS version is the stages. The reason he gave “movie scenes got leaked on the internet so I decided against having them” is a pretty lame excuse. It’s kind of obvious that he’s hiding the REAL reason.

        • Dabass

          3 year development, 2 separate development teams for the Wii U and 3DS. The Wii U’s being almost twice the size of Brawl’s and like I said, almost every company outputs its CGI creation to a different studio so it wouldn’t be a matter of time, just money if anything. It is not like the man is literally creating every piece of work by hand himself and as I said he is very passionate, All his prior interviews and work has proven he is a man who takes his art seriously. People are looking for a conspiracy that isn’t there.

          • 00EpicGamer00

            Well…the excuse he’s giving is still rediculious. “oh, a cut scene was leaked on the internet, I simple can’t put another adventure mode in smash bros. because of that.”
            It just doesn’t make any sense. I’m telling you, he’s hiding the real reason.

  • companyoflosers

    oh grow a backbone! all kinds of stuff gets leaked from games. just do a better job making sure there arent any scumbags who would sell your hard work n your staff and you are good! is that so hard?! you dont see nintendo saying, “oh well because scenes from the next zelda for wii u could end up online we arent going to make it”. you dont just turn tail and quit for such a lame reason!

  • Rax189

    Relax guys, they will probably still put them in, this is nothing more then a bluff to keep people from putting more leaked footage on the Internet, but yea he never said the story mode was being taken away so worse case just cutscenes are gone, this site said story mode is gone not sakurai

  • José Abraham Cervantes Posadas

    I hate it :( I will miss the story mode

  • Rob Lucci

    As long as it has Classic and some sort of SSBM adventure mode I’m all good.

    • sup3rnoah

      All I need is classic. All the people complaining I find a little ridiculous, the story in Brawl wasn’t that great, though kind of cool, definitely not a deal breaker now that it’s gone. Come on, I play Smash for the playing, not watching.

  • Rob Lucci

    No one has played Smash Bros. for it’s story…

  • greengecko007

    I’m sorry, but that’s complete bullshit. The cutscenes from Brawl were leaked on the internet early, and you are going to blame fans for that? Newsflash, the internet leak started on Nintendo’s own website and domain, Nintendo.com under the Wii section. The developers are going to punish us, the fans, for something employees managing the website did wrong years ago? Bullshit.

  • $41809923

    just wow

  • Saul Strange

    Poor excuse. Why not just admit that it was cut due to wanting to complete and release the game as quickly as possible?

    You can go on YouTube and see the majority of nearly any game you can think of, Smash Bros. is in no way unique.

    Most people only buy COD for multi-player, but do you see them cutting out the story mode because people can see it online? No.

    Out of preference, I never watch footage of games I’m looking forward to (aside from official trailers) and I don’t think I’m alone. It’s a bizarre excuse for cutting game content.

  • Justin Jefferson

    This almost makes me not wanna buy it…

    • Antar Rodríguez

      really? LOL i do want cutscenes but this doesnt get me to that point

      • Saleh Sbeiti

        Sakurai was talking about the entire adventure mode.

        • Rob Lucci

          No it was the supspace as there was no “adventure” mode in brawl.

          • Saleh Sbeiti

            Same same different name.

  • Luke Wilson

    Sakurai needs to get slapped in the face with huge rubber dildo for saying he took the cutscenes out the game, whats next? put them back into the game as payed DLC LMAO

  • Linskarmo

    Has anyone seen these leaked videos? Even if so, I doubt many have seen it. This sounds like a strange and unnecessary explanation.

  • Antar Rodríguez

    i really find the leaked cutscenes excuse wierd, no one has seen them , besides as much as i love gameplay this game does need some cutscenes, not as much as an xbox or ps game but the right amount (just like in brawl) would be great

    • Shadao

      He’s referring to the Space Emissary, which if I recall got leaked out into the Internet before Brawl got released.

  • discuss

    Lamest excuse ever. 1 Day after release youtube would show all the in-game vids anyway.

  • Antar Rodríguez

    im starting to think this articule is based on a false source, the link on the text is for the kotaku website, but there is not info or at least an image of the actual famitsu column

  • Stephanie Cardenas

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO :’(

  • Michael Jurado

    I’m calling his bluff

  • Mario

    Hear that everyone? There’s now a petition agaisnt this excuse right now at change.org. GO NOW!!!

    • Mario

      I meant it in a good way!

  • Shadao

    I remember James Rolfe’s Contra Memories. He states that back then, nobody had internet and thus reaching to the final boss was a big deal because nobody knew what the boss looks like. And so when Rolfe reached to the final boss in Contra, it was one of the biggest moment of his life, and when he defeated it, he got to bragged about it to his friends and describe what the mysterious boss looks like. That is what Sakurai wants with his cutscenes in SSB, but with the advent of the internet, such cutscenes do not have that sense of reward anymore. Thus it will be wise to make unlockable rewards that will make you want to continue to play through the end than have the rewards be “unlockable” cutscenes that you look on the Internet.

  • oontz

    If this is true (reliable source?) then this is the funniest thing I’ve heard in a long time. Who gives a shit if a cut scene is leaked… no one is forcing you to watch the leak on youtube. If a gamer wants to be wowed by seeing something first hand while playing. Then that gamer needs to show restraint and not watch videos or read reviews.

    Also this sounds like they want to finish this as soon as possible and release it to get more wiiu sales. Sounds like they’re cutting some corners.

  • Arthur Jarret

    So… because a story MAY be spoiled online – he decides not to put a story in.

    You know, a new character MAY be spoiled online… I’d just keep the currently announced roster and call it a day!

    It seems like he is blaming the online community for killing storymode.

    Because people disliked playing the mode, but enjoyed the story sequences – they rather watched videos of it online.

    I think killing the story sequences entirely is the wrong direction to take. You should just improve the story mode’s gameplay instead, so no-one has a reason to watch it online.

    On the other hand, if he spends the effort to make the story sequences to make a larger character roster, no more clone-characters (please give ganondorf different moves than falcon already, and not just a different speed…) and more online modes (co-op boss rush mode, please?)… then I won’t complain.

    DLC bosses / characters / stages / assist trophies would be awesome too. They should release them for free to promote new franchises.

  • http://taiyokun94.deviantart.com/ Keaton

    Why are people complaining about something they’re just gonna play once? The story is nice and all, but all everyone really wants the story mode for is to gather characters the fast n’ easy way. You afraid of how hard the classic mode is/will be?

    • Mario

      No, no. That’s not the case. You’re right. We shouldn’t be able to gather characters so easily. But I’m just saying that they should add a story mode. But that you can’t unlock the characters by playing the story.

      • http://taiyokun94.deviantart.com/ Keaton

        That’s a good reason there, mostly, its just everyone complaining that the characters wont come as easy anymore and thats a stupid reason to want a story mode, that’s probably why most people on brawl online suck. The only reason why I want story mode is because I got to see how all (or most) nintendo characters react to each other, and that after seeing a character like Taboo, I was interested in what they could think of next.

        • Mario

          Then I guess were on the ssme page here.

  • Rick Valenta

    This is stupid. I like cut scenes and I haven’t perused the internet for them, nor seen them. If you took the time and money to make them then include them. Are we being punished or something? Not story mode fine… I understand this HAS to be out for holiday season.

  • WarioForever

    I think I hate you, Mr. Sakurai. You were once a great man, and now, you’re ass.

    • Mario

      Now, now. He’s still the same man who made the series. He’s just having a hard time trying to make a good fighting experience. That’s all.

  • springer85

    LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!Ninttendo are so pathetic it is hillarious!!

    They are in the process of trying to revive their console and for on their biggest up coming first party titles and one of the best ips’s they have decided not to have a story mode or cut scenes?LMFAO!!!

    Nintendo are treating their fans like cack and have done since last November, yet still you Ninty slurpers are in denial that they have become a joke!!!

    • Silent

      If this means anything, this is actually good. The cutscenes and the SE took a lot of space in the game. SSBB was 7 GB (because of the cutscenes mostly) so this means more characters and stages.

  • Genesect4ssb4

    I’m happy about this. 3 of the 8 gb on a wii disc were wasted on SSE, a horrible platformer. Note that the Brawl tok up 6gigs of the Wii disc. This means more time to balance, more characters, and more trophies etc.

  • Leeroy

    What a misleading title. There will be a story mode, jus no cut scenes.

  • Madmagican

    This is just too strange to be true
    perhaps a translation error?

  • Pikachief

    Taken out because it could be spoiled? How about take it out because it was terrible! I for one am very, very excited about this game and even more so now that story mode is out! :D Focus on the actual fighting and characters and stages! :)

  • ilovegoogleglass

    They better have a lot of unannounced characters!

  • Silent

    If it means anything, this is actually a good thing. The cutscenes took up a ton of space in Brawl, and as a result Sakurai had to cut a few features (characters, stages, etc.), as well as merging break the targets into five generic levels instead of every character having their own. SSE also took up a lot of development time, so other features were cut, too. Without it, Sakurai can add a ton into the new games, but it gets better. Wii discs can hold up to 8 GB. Brawl took up roughly 7.5 (due to the cutscenes, once more). 3DS carts can hold up to 8 GB (newer models only, but that changes nothing). No cutscenes/SSE means more time and space to develop more characters, stages, and other features.——–Someone

  • Nintendo4life

    I was going to get this but now without the story mode i will have to pass

    • Gabe Hoffman

      Refusing to buy it just because no Story mode? Melee had an Adventure mode with hardly any story at all. That is just pathetic

      • Nintendo4life

        How is it pathetic guy…Hummmm but i will give you what you gave me a thumbs down have a great day. Facepalm!
        I may still get it but don’t come on here calling me pathetic boy. you call ing me names is what is pathetic.

        • Gabe Hoffman

          I was not calling you pathetic. I meant refusing to buy what is mainly a fighting game just because there are no cut-scenes is a pathetic excuse

          • Nintendo4life

            Not really that is what made the last game great and if the story mode is gone why really buy it…But that’s just me

          • Gabe Hoffman

            Because who the hell bought Brawl just for the Story mode?

          • Nintendo4life

            Me I enjoy a good story not just fighting all the time but than im an older gamer..

  • HotInEER

    I hope they aren’t getting lazy making this game and cutting corners.

  • Downvote&CoEmployee5

    Nooooo :(

  • jay

    Worst news I’ve heard since E3.

    The Subspace Emissary alone was better than all those “AAA” games I played that year.

    I often tell people that I would have payed $49.99 for the story mode alone if it was sold stand alone.

  • Mike A

    My five year old son and I had a blast playing story mode on Wii. Now they’re going to take it away on the “new & improve” Super Smash Bros. No thank you I will pass on this game and maybe pick up Rayman for my son and I to play. There goes my Ubisoft boycott lol. Also gotta buy Splinter Cell for WiiU…

    • Gabe Hoffman

      You are refusing to buy a fighting game just because it didn’t have a story mode?

      • Mike A

        Yes because Masahiro Sakurai is punishing everyone for the actions of a few. I just hate that kind of leadership. I get that enough at work being in the military lol. It just shows laziness,weakness and inability to face the real issue….maybe their having trouble with the game and need to rush it to the store shelves!

        I want lot more content than just one fight after another fight. Similar to movies that’s just boring to me. Also my son loves story mode and that is reason I wanted buy it. Oh well there’s going be lots of different games to buy coming in near future. to each his own

        • Gabe Hoffman

          Think back to the days before the internet. You always got that feeling of suspense making you way to the final boss, than when you beat it you could brag to everyone on the playground. Sakurai wanted that feeling with the Story mode in Brawl but it was not possible because cut scenes got leaked early and spoiled the story. Saying it is a sign of laziness and weakness is stupid. You also need to think are a story mode and cut scenes really all that important to to the kind of game Smash Bros is. By cutting out the unnecessary stuff. They are able to free up and devote resources to more important aspects such as character balance, fine tuning, better online etc. The story mode might be a big deal to you but to many, the Subspace Emissiary will not be missed that much. To many the Subspace Emissiary just lost its appeal once you beat it. To me the platforming felt awkward in some places, and some characters just felt like they were shoehorned in at the last second. Sonic is the best example of this.

          • Mike A

            You make a good point and I hope your right about devoting more resources to making the game better. I’m going read the reviews and people’s commits before I buy the game. I want it to be massive and not for them to cut corners and leave things out. I hope we don’t see everything the game has to offer from playing it for five hours. The laziness and weakness reference refers to the kind of leadership that punishes everyone for actions of few…Sakurai is being stupid about this and I’m not buying the reason why there’s no Story mode. Why not Nintendo come out and say what you just wrote me…that I would have no complaints with. Who’s not for making a game better? I am!

  • beerkin

    This is dumb. every other game has the cutscenes uploaded to the internet. what’s the difference.