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July 3rd, 2012 | Images, Smash Bros.

The other day, Masahiro Sakurai, the director of previous Smash Bros. games and current director of a new Smash Bros. game, posted this on Twitter:

(translated by me)
A staff member drew this on a whiteboard. Man, they’re good!

There’s a Mr. Saturn in this drawing, so a lot of people feel that EarthBound/MOTHER will continue to be well-represented. I figure it’s just a random sketch someone did, but I don’t doubt there’ll still be more MOTHER stuff in future installments.

Now if only they’d make Pokey a playable character!


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66 Comments to EarthBound in Next Smash Bros.?

Radiostorm said on Jul. 3, 2012

I’m rooting for either Paula or Kumatora to make it in. There aren’t enough ladies represented in the Nintendo roster.

Anonymous said on Jul. 3, 2012

Ness is one of most original fighters in Super Smash Bros. Nintendo isn’t going to throw away of Smash saga ever.

Anonymous said on Jul. 3, 2012

pokey’s B button attack “Pokey played dead”

nem said on Jul. 3, 2012

I don’t expect any new playable mother characters, but Ness and Lucas are probably here to stay.

Ostricho said on Jul. 3, 2012

If they remove Ness or Lucas, someone’s going to die.
But if they go to the other extreme and add the Masked Man I’ll buy 50 copies.

Name: said on Jul. 3, 2012

Duster or Flint! Or anyone. More mother love.

Mr Rex said on Jul. 3, 2012

I agree with radiostorm! Paula would be pretty cool, especially considering Ness can’t PK fire or freeze in the actual mother games! It would make more sense in paula! Still don’t mind what character they put in, I think Jeff could be playable or even Picky! BAHA don’t know who to choose! Lets just see next year what happens, I’m expecting some kind of pre-alpha trailer like KIU did in 2010! :7

Phyznix said on Jul. 3, 2012

I always felt the Masked Man would be a good fighter to add.

IstheCakeReallyaLie? said on Jul. 3, 2012

I want Claus/Masked Man, with their Final Smashes being Porky/Hinawa, respectively, which would transform them.

Anonymous said on Jul. 3, 2012

I think Poo would be a great addition. He has the hand-to-hand combat, PSI, and his smash attacks would have the sword of kings

Furball200x said on Jul. 3, 2012

If Pokey was playable, he would need to have Giygas for his final smash. If not, I wouldn’t bother playing as him.

Anonymous said on Jul. 3, 2012

If they add Flint, Im sold.

Lucas said on Jul. 3, 2012

I want ethier duster or ninten playable in ssb4. Anybody else agree?

PK Trumpetblast said on Jul. 3, 2012

HAL Lab was involved with both Smash Bros. and Mother…Well not Mother 3. But still…

PK Trumpetblast said on Jul. 3, 2012

Oh wait yes, even HAL Lab was involved with Mother 3, So yeah, they wont remove Ness. Maybe Lucas, but not Ness..

LakituAl said on Jul. 3, 2012

I’d like Duster to be in. After all, it would be so fun to have him speeding along the screen with that limp of his. So much kicking!!

I bet the Smoke Bomb and Hypno Pendulum would make good B moves too.

RedDekuScrub said on Jul. 3, 2012

Really? Are you seriously thinking that they might nor put them in? Dude, there are MANY veteran characters missing from the mural. It was just a quick sketch produced by the Smash Bros. team to tell the fans that they are working.

Ninten=ness said on Jul. 3, 2012

If boney was in, he’d be banned for being higher tier than meta knight. But i personally want ninten, instead of having PK thunder as UP B, 4-th d-slip would work, and PK beam could be a attack.

SU-Team8 said on Jul. 3, 2012

Kumatora and/or Masked man for next smash bros!!!

Ness1985 said on Jul. 3, 2012

Masked Man…nuff said 😀

anonymous said on Jul. 3, 2012

I always felt Claus deserved A spot in the game, and not just A side outfit for Lucas either.

Nintendork said on Jul. 3, 2012

Naw they wouldn’t put someone like duster in… Sorry. Duster is only iconic to those who have played mother 3, so not many Americans will know him. I know Lucas got in, but he is the biggest character. It would be more likely for an EB person to get in since it was released in the US, and paula does sound like a reasonable candidate. What the could also do is, ya know how those little glass… Um… Displays would give an ally when thrown, like a poke ball? Well they could put in someone like dungeon man or mob of sharks as a helper. That sounds most likely to me. Also, give mr Saturn a better use than only being able to be thrown. 😀

Poe said on Jul. 3, 2012

Agreed, that is a very good drawing. I’m very impressed by the composition! I definitely couldn’t have thought up something like that. Well done, anonymous staff member! 😀

TWM said on Jul. 3, 2012

I think EarthBound/Mother content in SSB games will never be left out completely, because Ness was one of the original SSB N64 characters, all of which have been in every Smash Bros. game so far.

PKEmeraldian said on Jul. 3, 2012

That drawing is AWESOME. o_o

I personally want to see the Masked Man, Ninten, and Kumatora as playable characters in SSB4. 😀

ThatEarthboundFanatic said on Jul. 3, 2012

I’d like to see Duster because his thief tools would prove useful in SSB4. The Masked Man could use his sword for attacking and his cannon (maybe use PK Love for his Final Smash), and Kumatora also needs to be added because:

1. Not much ladies are being represented in the roster.
2. It would make more sense to see her powers being used, considering Lucas can’t even use PK Freeze or PK Starstorm in Mother 3.

BigDream said on Jul. 3, 2012

All I heard was that they’re finally puting a smash bros on TWO systems! And they BETTER have earthbound in ’em BOTH!!!!!!

Buster The Fox said on Jul. 3, 2012

Ness’ll be there. No doubt about that.
I HOPE Lucas stays, because he’s my main character in Brawl… I don’t wanna have to go back to Pikachu. D:

JRokujuushi said on Jul. 3, 2012

I think my favorite part of that picture is the Luigi rocket.

Jondo said on Jul. 3, 2012

I dunno; they might get rid of them both in my opinion. The reason Lucas was in Brawl is because Mother 3 had just come out. Ness was actually supposed to be replaced by Lucas, but they decided to keep him in.

Did you guys know that Namco/Bandai is producing this game? Sakurai may still be heading it, but HAL Labs won’t be involved. Sakurai has said that the roster will stay at 35 playable characters, meaning thatthey’ll need to cut out some previous characters if they want to bring in new ones. And with Namco/Bandai spearheading it, i wouldn’t be surprised to see the Mother franchise go. It’s been 6 years since the series has had a game, and unless they release an HD MOTHER or something for the WiiU to keep the franchise alive (not gonna happen), they might just cut the Mother characters loose.

A said on Jul. 4, 2012


By that logic, that probably means Captain Falcon doesn’t stand a chance of staying either considering he hasn’t had a game in eight years, despite him being an original. Also, where did you hear that Sakurai is only sticking with thirty-five characters? I may be going crazy here, but I’ve been hearing we’ll have at least fifty, if not more.

Personally, I’m pretty sure Ness will stay, and so will Captain Falcon. They’re both pretty much safe thanks to their original status; and even though Ness was “supposed” to be replaced by Lucas, in the end he wasn’t. Lucas…I’m worried he doesn’t have much of a chance of staying, as much as I would hate that as he is my main. It would be nice for both to stay, and it would be a blessing to have yet another representative to the Mother franchise. I’m hoping for Masked Man since we obviously need more swordsmen, though Ana, Paula, or Kumatora would be nice too. 🙂

Ness1985 said on Jul. 4, 2012

No Ness & Lucas in the next smash, no buy.

Nintendork said on Jul. 4, 2012

Bandwidth better not put stupid characters in that aren’t nintendo

Ostricho said on Jul. 4, 2012

If Ness or Lucas is removed, you can count me out on this Smash.

somebody said on Jul. 4, 2012

If they remove MOTHER characters then i am angry.
But if they replace them for some crappy Sonic character then i never buy game thats from nintendo.

4EBCharsInSSB4 said on Jul. 4, 2012

It would be awesome to have Ness, Ninten, Claus/Masked Man transformation, AND Ninten in the next Smash Bros… anyone with me?

2Sang said on Jul. 4, 2012

^Have Ninten represented as 2 characters? lol

Nini-ni said on Jul. 7, 2012

Jeff on the next ssb would be cool 😀

Chuggaaconroy jr said on Jul. 10, 2012

If only we could have more mother stuff in ssb. I don’t get nintendo all they have to do is change the music for somethings but for mr itoi its a big deal, Why nintendo why, do it for the fans for god sake its not hard at all

PsiPaula4 said on Jul. 11, 2012

Hey guys, they’re having a poll that chooses characters for the new SSB! The results of the poll will be presented to Sakurai, and guess what, Flint is on the poll! Everyone please vote for Flint! Note that you can also vote for other people at the same time. You can also suggest new characters to add to the poll in the comments section below! Come on guys, let’s get some Mother characters into the next Super Smash Bros! http://vgtribune.com/smash-poll-2012-quarterfinals/

Leirin said on Jul. 13, 2012

I want Ninten in because EB0 badly needs representation, but chances are he’d control too much like Ness. So maybe Loid?

Unknown said on Jul. 13, 2012

push down+B Pokey Pretented To Cry Olimar Didnt Give A Shit And Kicked His Ass

Unknown said on Jul. 13, 2012

I Want Ninten And Starman(he my favorite enemy of them all i said Starman cuz they probaly make other version like Ghost Of Starman his custom)Poo And Pokey Too Nintendo Need More EB Characters

Unknown said on Jul. 13, 2012

i forgot flint norris too HELL YEAH

0m4r said on Jul. 14, 2012

I want Kumatora, Flint, Duster, Lucas, Paula, and Ness to be playable. Porky in his mech-suit should be a boss again, and Giygas or Giegue should be a boss or assist trophy.

jinxkatty7 said on Jul. 16, 2012

having porky, masked man, or KUMATORA would be awesome. oh, but if they remove ANY mother characters I will hold a grudge even worse then the one I have against Yoshi…

boldtenda said on Jul. 21, 2012

The little girl from Twinkle Elementary who sneezes on you needs to be playable.

Salsa said on Jul. 23, 2012

I Would Like To Have Poo in it But That Wont Happen Im Still Not Losing Hope For Flint Though

Salsa said on Jul. 23, 2012

oh and Unknow i dont think Ninten will be in it(people will think of him a Ness Clone Lucas is his Clone though but Ninten wont be in it cuz we have Ness) and Starman will NEVER happen but it would be cool as assist trophy and Duster Should be in smash 4 but too bad Mother Characters dont get noticed and Lucas will be gone for sure he was a Ness Clone unless they change his attack and put PK Love and original ones Ness Should Have PK Rockin as his final smash that makes sense

Herobrine said on Jul. 27, 2012

^ … Can someone teach this kid proper grammer?

2% Milk said on Jul. 28, 2012

I think Jeff would be a good playable character

Spidey501 said on Jul. 30, 2012

I hope that the Masked Man gets to be in the next Smash, i imagine he would have pretty cool moves since he is half robot now and his FS could be PK Love since Ness and Lucas use PK Starstorm now.

spiderfreak1011 said on Jan. 3, 2013

I would want the Masked Man or at least Jeff.

BluePikmin11 said on Apr. 19, 2013

Surprised no one said Ninten, he’s the first hero of Earthbound.

Anonymous said on May. 23, 2013

I would have as my next playable earthbound/mother
character… JEFF because he wouldn’t play like ness or lucas and maybe the Masked Man, but I fear it might be like a meta knight clone. :/

Anonymous said on May. 23, 2013

A real cool assist trophy would be the photo man who would pause the fight and say “Pictures taken instantaneously! I’m a photographic genius, if I do say so myself! Okay get ready for instant memory! Look at the camera… Ready… Say, “fuzzy pickles.””

Anonymous said on Jul. 31, 2013

I was thinking kumatora in the next smash bros 4.

ultimateroxas said on Jul. 31, 2013

Will ness,lucas or any other mother playable characters appear In the next smash bros?

Anonymous said on Oct. 12, 2013

We need Ness and Lucas.. If Lucas isn’t here, please, Masked Man, not Kumatora..

Giegue said on Oct. 12, 2013

I was playing the Onett stage in SSBM… and… THAT SONG STILL HAUNTS ME! Also, Lucas and Duster on 3DS version, Ness and Jeff on WiiU version. DO IT OR I EAT ALL OF YOUR PSI CARAMELS.

Giegue said on Oct. 12, 2013

PSIPaula, you know that Flint lost to Mega Man and Skull Kid in the semifinals right?

NINTENdoMaster said on Jan. 3, 2014

Ness is almost a guarantee in SSB4 now. Wii U has EB on VC now, and because the two versions have the same roster, I feel Ness will return. Lucas is my main, but if he’s out, then oh well. I probably won’t get it if there isn’t a Mother rep.

RealisticallyThinking said on Jan. 18, 2014

Come ON people. Be realistic. Think the way smash bros does. Ness will not be removed, Lucas may or may not, although he is not a clone of Ness. Both characters play very differently in brawl, and even though Ness is my main brawl character, I will be very pissed if they remove Lucas.
They won’t add Paula, because technically the only psi move Ness actually knows in the games is psi flash. Psi fire, freeze, and magnet all belong to Paula, so she would be the true clone. And speaking of clone, Ninten and Ness…. I mean, the only big difference between those two are the hats are reversed, and Ninten has a bandana/hankerchief. Why would smash add another character that is not only visually identical to him, but he’d probably play the same or very similar way that Ness and Lucas already do.
Jeff is an Assist Trophy, but you never know if that’ll change later. If anything, Poo would be a great addition, as someone above explained. Pokey doesn’t even know Psi, and since Claus is Lucas’s older twin, they already gave him a cameo as one of Lucas’s color palettes.
Also, don’t forget that the mother series itself is pretty buried, besides the fact that they finally added earthbound on virtual console. Other than that, you guys shouldn’t really expect so much new mother stuff specifically out of super smash bros 4. However, I must say having the fuzzy pickles photographer as an assist trophy would be fun. It could like blind the screen for a second or something, idk.

Valerie said on Jan. 18, 2014

I heard it was at the top of the VC sales for a long time, though. Is it still? Can’t afford a Wii U…
I want Claus/Masked Man for when I get Smash on 3DS!

Nick Laine said on Feb. 1, 2014

I would LOVE to see mother represented in brawl! Ness and lucas have slight differences that overall can change their play style very drastically but their PSI makes them a whole different type of class(should this be class based like TF2). A stage from mother one and a character from there too would be enough to make me buy this game. Although making ninten different from ness yet still similar in PSI attributes(play style)would be very hard you can’t remove ness since he was in it from the start and, c’mon, lucas had a hard life… You can’t just kick him out after brawl ;(.


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