Super Smash Bros. creator and developer of the current Wii U/3DS iteration of the franchise Masahiro Sakurai has a startling revelation for us this week. Story mode, a staple but rather series feature in Super Smash Bros. since the beginning, will not be a part of the new game due to... Youtube uploads. Yes, because Super Smash Bros. Brawl's "Subspace Emissary" cutscenes were eventually uploaded to Youtube, the feature has been cut.
Here is Sakurai's justification for the cut cutscenes, translated as follows by Kotaku (note: Sakurai does not address the cut story mode in this quotation, though the source states that the story mode has also been cut):
"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."
Instead, developers will be focusing on the unique character introduction videos for new character announcements like those for Mega Man, the Animal Crossing Villager, and the Wii Fit U Trainer. Sakurai would like a video for each new character, but whether that proves true, on top of whether those are actually included in the game or just as marketing, is unclear.
All that's really left to be said is, what is wrong with Sakurai's head? While competitive mode made be Super Smash Bros. most important mode by far, I've put countless hours into the franchise's story modes over the years. To hear one of my favorite parts of the game is being cut because of freaking Youtube uploads? What world does this guy live in.
Youtube uploads covering the entirety of virtually every single video game released these days are put up on Youtube within a day of release anymore. It's an inevitability. That should have no effect on game development, and the idea that Sakurai is justifying the removal of story mode because of it is, well, extremely disconcerting. What the heck, man?
Super Smash Bros. is planned for launch in 2014 exclusively on Nintendo's Wii U and 3DS