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New Smash Bros. Brawl details revealed

Series director reveals new info on the Wii fighter. Plus: is a Nintendo DS version on the way?

Super Smash Bros. Brawl director Masahiro Sakurai is keeping fans informed on the development of the Wii fighter, by answering burning questions on his official Smash Bros. website.

Courtesy of a forum user, the Japanese-fielded questions have been translated over to our native tongue, and some new 'Brawl details revealed. Among the info splurged, Sakurai noted that the Wii instalment of the series will stress "easiness" over the small details of combat, to help make the game easier to play for newcomers.

The 'Brawl director also touched on the game's character line-up, noting that it hasn't been finalised yet. Sakurai said that the reveal of Solid Snake means that they're contemplating adding one or two more non-Nintendo fighters to the game, but he notes that the characters must have appeared on Nintendo systems at some point to be considered.

Even though an online mode was already confirmed by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata at E3 2005, Sakurai isn't as quick to champion the now year-old announcement. The 'Brawl team are apparently looking into the feature and hope to include online play in time for the game's 2007 release, but we're told there are currently no plans for leader boards or the like.

Interestingly, Sakurai also mentioned a possible Nintendo DS entry in the Smash Bros. series. While he said there's nothing in development at the moment, he didn't rule out a stylus-waving Smash Bros. for the future. Keep your eyes on this space for more Smash Bros. revelations.