From the perspective of competitive players that enjoyed Melee’s intense meta, Super Smash Bros. Brawl was a major disappointment. Masahiro Sakurai had made it quite clear that Super Smash Bros. Brawl was directed at the Nintendo Wii’s casual audience.
During the period between Brawl’s release and Smash 4, dedicated fans of Super Smash Bros. Melee felt the need to take matters into their own hands. In an ambitious project known as “Project M” that was designed to make Brawl feel like a “true sequel” to Melee, a team began rebalancing and even adding characters to Brawl’s roster.
Although Roy and Mewtwo were the first non-Brawl characters to join the roster, they ended up being the only “newcomers” added. However, plenty of work had already been done on characters like Knuckles, Lyn, Isaac and Sami from behind the scenes.
It was originally decided that the team would only add characters that already had some sort of presence in Brawl. This meant that any fighter that appeared as a sticker or trophy were all possibilities.
In a video uploaded by Honest Content, we learn about Project M’s “Forbidden Four” (not to be confused with Brawl’s “Forbidden Seven”), as well potential ideas for other characters beyond them. Of course, it’s definitely important to mention that many of these characters and more managed to make their way into Brawl mods that have since gone beyond Project M’s original scope.
Check it all out in the video below: