During Nintendo’s E3 showing of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, director Masahiro Sakurai and his team surprised us all by revealing that this new installment would bring back every single character from past Super Smash Bros. titles. To further cement Ultimate as — fittingly enough — the ultimate Smash Bros. experience, the developers also revealed that several classic stages, like The Legend of Zelda‘s Great Bay, would also be returning. But if you were hoping that every past stage would return in Ultimate just as every past character is returning, Nintendo has some bad news. In a recent interview with Japanese publisher Famitsu, Nintendo confirmed that not every stage from past Smash Bros. titles will be returning in Ultimate.

Famitsu recently published a write-up of a press-only live demo and Q&A session with Nintendo Treehouse presenters Bill Trinen and Nate Bihldorff. During the interview, the presenters revealed that “not all past stages are going to be in the game but a whole lot of them will.” So while there is sure to be a considerable number of returning stages in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, some classic stages unfortunately won’t make the cut.

The interview also confirms that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be balanced primarily by Sakurai, with Bandai Namco assisting.

What classic Smash Bros. stage would you like to see return in Ultimate? Which stages shouldn’t return? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

Source: Famitsu (via Source Gaming, My Nintendo News)

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