I thought Sakurai and Nintendo would run these kinds of announcements by their own channels. Why announce EVERYTHING in a magazine? I know CoroCoro is big with Pokémon but with Smash this seems completely ass-backwards.
They will announce it with their official channels right when the magazine comes out just as they do with Pokemon. To people in the west who don't pay attention to magazine scans it will be just as if we got a pre launch info dump.
"“It isn’t a matter of ‘if the next game has 50 characters, that’ll be enough. There is a certain charm to games that have huge casts of playable characters, but they tend to have issues with game balance and it becomes very difficult to fine-tune each character and have them all feel distinctive…. In terms of quantity, we’ve probably already reached the limit of what’s feasible. I think a change of direction may be what’s needed.”
The characters are probably going to be spoiled for you before you are able to unlock them, unless you go on a totally ignore anything video game related for the next few months. You might as well find out about the characters while everyone else does.
At first I thought this just meant they'd reveal the starting roster, but maybe it is possible they'll pull a Mario Kart and just reveal everyone this time. I'd personally like them to keep some secrets until launch, though.
I suddenly realised just how close TWO MONTHS actually is. It's gone from feeling like it's far away to... the exact opposite of that. I'd better go find my "Europe Greatest Hits" CD, I've got some Final Countdown air guitarin' to do!
Ah man. I really miss that sense of surprise and anticipation when that silhouette and "a challenger approaches" came up on screen in N64 Smash Bros (and Melee to a lesser extent) while I then wondered who the fuck Ness was.
I guess those days are gone and never coming back. I could probably go on a media blackout but it would probably be too difficult.