The time is finally here! I’d like to present the Gamecube title “Super Smash Bros. Melee!” To all of the fans, I’ve made you wait for quite a long time.
I am the director of Smash Bros., Masahiro Sakurai from Hal Laboratories.
On May 17th, 2001, by the time this page will have been posted, I think I’ll be in Los Angeles.
(I’ve entrusted the maintenance of this website to the people at Nintendo and my staff at Hal Laboratories).
Here, at E3, the Gamecube version of Smash Brothers will be shown for the first time.
And on July 7th, I will begin “News Flash: Smash Bros. Dojo!!”, using Nintendo’s homepage to deliver news. My intention is to directly show new updates from development.
It’s the kind of plan that might anger the higher-ups, to be divulging things that could be industry secrets. It’ll be some time before this starts, so I’d like to ask for your patience.
It’ll be some time before I start revealing things officially.
I first told people that I was going to make a “Smash game for the GameCube” at E3 1999, in America.
The date on the finished design plan was July 5th, 1999. Prior to that, I’d say “I’m not making Smash Brothers,” while privately tinkering away at it. Because at the time there wasn’t a Gamecube development kit in any shape or form, I had to start with a design plan and work on it slowly but consistently on my own (I was also working on “Smash Dojo!!” at the same time).
And currently, as of May 2001, while there are a small number of people coming and going, my staff has grown to over 50 people, and if we count people that were involved on the project at any point in time, that number would increase to at least 100 people currently working on this project. And not a single person on this team wants to make this game boring, or not fun.
I’m extremely motivated.
People’s expectations are higher than ever.
And I want to contribute to the future of this new hardware, the Gamecube.
Many people contribute, and it’s a worthwhile job, where I am entrusted to characters that have been raised by many who have come before me.
In every way, I think this will be the last time I tackle a project of this scale.
Anyway, I’m trying very hard.
I’m sorry that you have to wait until the website is formally opened, but I’ve included a bunch of screenshots. You can really play Smash in this quality!
All pictures were taken during development/the last photo is not in-game.
…I’ll just say this now: we’re planning to have a Camera Mode.
You can move the camera freely during a battle, and take pictures like those ones above, zooming in or out as you please.
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