One of the most popular fighters in the
Super Smash Bros. franchise is Marth from the Fire Emblem series. Marth was introduced to the roster in Super Smash Bros. Melee, where he played a part in helping Fire Emblem become popular outside of Japan. Interestingly enough, there was once a possibility of seeing Marth before Melee. In the book Making of Fire Emblem: 25 Years of Development Secrets, Super Smash Bros. creator and director Masahiro Sakurai stated that he wanted Marth to be playable in Super Smash Bros. 64.

Development on
Super Smash Bros. 64 wasn’t as smooth as one would hope. There were many things that Sakurai wanted to implement, but time restraints got in the way. This limited what eventually got shipped with the game, including which characters would and would not be included in the roster:

“Well, I wanted to include Marth in the original
Smash Bros. game, as a sword-wielding character. But for Smash 64, there were some features we barely finished in time, and the four hidden characters were created only on the premise of being able to reuse some movements and parts of the models of pre-existing characters, so in the end Marth couldn’t make it in.” — Masahiro Sakurai

In addition, Sakurai discussed why he wanted to add Marth to
Super Smash Bros. at all. Aside from simply wanting to include the Fire Emblem franchise, consideration was also given to a portion of the existing roster:

“…in terms of character diversity I did want more variation in terms of sword-wielding characters. I thought in comparison to Link—who’s more of a strong, direct swordsman—someone with finesse, a swordsman who relied more on technique, would be a lot of fun. On top of that, when we narrowed the possibilities down to the popular franchises of the time, we felt some restrictions. So among the possibilities,
Fire Emblem was a franchise boasting multiple popular titles, and I thought there was more than enough value in including a character from Fire Emblem. So, in the next installment, Super Smash Bros. Melee, I had decided to include Marth at the start. Then, while thinking about a potential clone character, Roy came up. His game was in development at the time, and so he was added.” — Masahiro Sakurai

Source: Kantopia (via Source Gaming)

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