POP 7: Japan’s Reprinted Theme Deck Leftovers – All POP 7 cards are reprints of cards already available in English sets, just with alternate artwork. Every single card in the set comes from Japan’s “[DP3: Shining Darkness]” (Dialga LV.X and Palkia LV.X) and “[DP4: Moon Hunting / Dawn Dashing]” (Electivire vs. Magmortar) theme decks. In Japan, some cards from their main sets are reprinted in the theme decks with different artwork, and these reprinted alternate artwork cards are what make up our POP 7. Click the links below for photos of the cards. We should have scans at a later time.
No Additional Characters in SSBB – In an IGN interview with Masahiro Sakurai, the director of Super Smash Brothers Brawl, it was revealed that no additional characters will be playable in Brawl in the future. Many fans were hoping characters like Mewtwo would be downloadable through WiiConnect24, but Sakurai has completely denounced such a plan.
IGN: We have to ask because there are so many rumors about this. Are there any hidden characters to come? Can you unlock more hidden fighters by way of WiiConnect24 or will you offer new downloadable content — new fighters, for example. — using the service?
Masahiro Sakurai: No. There are no characters that can be unlocked via connecting to WiiConnect24 or interacting in that fashion. And I may be mistaken here, but the Wii doesn’t have a hard drive — it’s a disc-based system — so I don’t think we’ll be doing that, I don’t think it’s going to happen.
It was revealed by data miners a while ago that Mewtwo was originally in SSBB (in some capacity), but was cut. Some of its data is still in the final game, which is why many fans thought it would be downloadable at a later time and then be playable.
On a random note, Plusle and Minun were in SSBB’s data as well (probably as Ice Climber-esque characters), but were also cut from the game. Even more off-topic, Sakurai was considering Blaziken as a playable character, and waited to see if its popularity would remain in place with the release of Diamond and Pearl before deciding. Lucario, however, proved to be more popular, so it was made into a character instead. In the end, we still get Pikachu, Pokemon Trainer, Lucario, and Jigglypuff, which is a large amount of characters to include from a single franchise in SSBB.