The following was posted by Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai on the official Japanese website. Translation done by AMN
“Thank you all very much for your responses! It looks like people are split pretty evenly over which of the four new characters is their favorite. That’s good.
I was well aware that Pit was a popular character in both America and Japan. I tried as best I could to design this version of him in a way that reflected current tastes, so I’m happy to see him so well received.
The creator of Kid Icarus has even jokingly asked if he could make a spin-off using this Pit model.
As for Meta Knight, when I left my previous company I never thought I’d be laying a hand on this character again, let alone on Smash Bros.
Kirby is a character I designed when I was 19 years old, but I created Meta Knight when I was 22. I knew the character was popular in Japan, but last time around I held off and didn’t include him in the game. I wanted to put other people’s titles ahead of my own.
I put Zero Suit Samus in thinking I wanted to include more characters from the popular Metroid series. Also, since Smash Bros. has few female characters, I was quite happy to include her.
I bet you were all surprised by the appearance of Snake!
Finally we’ve gotten over the wall that separates different game makers, but of course this was due to the cooperation of many different people. Now, Smash Snake is fighting furiously and sneaking before my very eyes.
Wario seems to be the only character who isn’t very popular. Is it bad I included him? No, I don’t think that’s the case. You can all look forward to his unprecedented “contributions.”
Thank you all very much for voting. I’m sure there are a lot of different expectations out there, but I’ll work to create something that everyone will enjoy.”
For those interested, we’ve included the Nintendo poll results for “Which new character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl are you most excited about?”
* Pit (23%)
* Meta Knight (23%)
* Snake (21%)
* Zero Suit Samus (21%)
* Wario (11%)
Thanks to MeteoraTC for the heads up!