Cutting characters will get them backlash no matter what. Nintendo and Sakurai have somewhat driven themselves into a corner with this game. Personally I’m not a fan of cutting content, some 3rd party stuff could be excused, but overal I want to see things move forward instead of backward. I don’t see why, easily put, they can’t just copy-paste what they have and build further on that.
Idk if it’s being driven into a corner, I think it’s more that Sakurai just continues to push for bigger and better with each installment he’s involved in. As he stated for a long time, he treats each developed game since 64 as his last. So he will put his best foot forward every step of the way until the game is completed. That’s how he is.
People mix his words as if he wants to make Melee or Brawl his last game.
In fact, it’s been an issue that people seem to have twisted his words in the past.
here are some examples in this article by Source Gaming: