After some people got Pokémon X/Y a week and a half early last year, you'd think they'd be more careful. Well nope. Some people already got the 3DS version of SSB4. OVER THREE WEEKS EARLY. Jesus Christ, Nintendo, get your act together. Does any other company have this much trouble withholding their games until release day? (Edit: It helps when the Japanese release is scheduled weeks earlier than everyone else, I guess...)
Anyway, the most important thing to know is that the previously leaked roster is, much to my surprise, COMPLETE. There are 48 characters in total, and yes, Dr. Mario, Dark Pit and Lucina are all far away from the rest of their series in the final configuration (as opposed to Melee and Brawl where they'd all be grouped together). And what do these characters have in common? Barring Dr. Mario's down+B and Dark Pit's Final Smash, they're our clone trio for this installment. And they were placed right before the second- and third-party characters to boot. Yep, they knew what they were doing. Very disappointed that they didn't even bother giving Dark Pit Pit's Brawl moveset, I assumed from the start that was the entire reason why they brought Dark Pit in anyway! Why wasn't he an alternate costume then? If it works for the goddamn Koopalings, it has to work for Dark Pit too!
This means Wolf, Lucas, the Ice Climbers and Snake all got the axe. (PK Freeze is a customizable move for Ness, so there's the death sentence right there.) Not sure how the 3DS couldn't handle four Ice Climbers AIs if the Gamecube could, but hey. That's assuming the technical difficulties thing was correct, anyway. And, well, we all kinda figured Snake wasn't coming back, because we would've heard about it a long time ago if he did.