I get Sakurai was a big influence on Smash but I just don’t see Nintendo ditching the series over his retirement. Surely there must be somebody at
Nintendo they could being in as a backup.
But anyway, if they do cut the roster, who do you guys think will get the axe. (Other than the obvious choice of Sora of course)
Sakurai's said he's tried finding a successor before but it didn't go well. If someone new does take over, it might be a more radical shake up. Like maybe it goes full Powerstone style 3D fighting. Be different enough from the past games to mask the behind the scenes changes.
I expect heavy cuts, in fact if the series is getting full on rebooted, "cut" might not be the right word, they're building from scratch.
Let's be honest: Jigglypuff, Captain Falcon, & Ness should not be considered sacred cows just because they were in the first one. Jiggs was always an oddball pick who felt a last minute sub for Meowth & was only there due to a momentary relevance in the anime that isn't the case anymore. Ness & Falcon have been in more SSB games than in their own series. Nintendo ain't ever going to do shit with Earthbound or F-Zero ever again, so just cut the dead weight.
Sheik & Zero Suit Samus have lost their original purpose being divorced from Zelda & Samus. Furthermore ZSS is no longer needed to give Metroid reps now that we have DS & Ridley. I also expect Ravenbeak to be a likely newcomer.
LoZ representation in SSB in general is weird. 3 Links, 2 Zeldas, & a Ganondorf that fights like a slow Captain Falcon. Less reps than FE and no newcomers since Brawl. Lorddie does LoZ need better treatment. Anyway Toon Link is the best Link so he stays & cut the other 2.
& if it wasn't obvious already, how did things get as carried away as it did with FE? 8 characters & half of them are Marths. Like if you were really gonna have that many, they each should've at least been representing different classes like archer or Pegasus knight, or whatever. I guess Marth stays due to being the first & the rest are cut in favor of Engage protag or whatever's the newest game by the time the next SSB comes out.
On third parties, Kazuma & Snake were always a bit out of place due to not having much Nintendo history (I guess the same could be said for Cloud but recent history has amended that).