Super Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai has sat down with Japanese publication Famitsu to talk about all things Super Smash Bros. Sakurai says the inclusion of Duck Hunt Dog was something he thought long and hard about, but he liked the uniqueness of the character. He went on to say that the original Duck Hunt could be one of the best-selling shooting games in the world as it was bundled with the NES in the United States back in the day.
Masahiro Sakurai also revealed that they had planned eight player Smash Bros in Super Smash Bros Melee, but he conceded that it was technically impossible and they barely managed it on the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. “It was a thing I considered when thinking about the follow-up for the first Smash,” Sakurai noted. Sadly, “it was more than impossible” based on technical performance. This time around, it was “achieved just barely. In 8-Player Smash, the stage selection is limited, stage gimmics are changed [no bosses for example] and so on.”
Sakurai also noted the unique selling points of each version which is Smash Run on the Nintendo 3DS and Smash Tour on Wii U. “The big exclusive features for each version, Smash Run and Smash Tour, were decided at the beginning.” Both modes use the unique characteristics of their hardware. Sakurai also states, “Game options depend on hardware’s performance and those were changed during development.”