Nintendo gamers have been eagerly anticipating the release of Wii blockbuster Super Smash Bros Brawl since its initial announcement at E3 2005, and it appears they’ll have to wait a bit longer as the game was delayed again today. Brawl is now expected to release in North America on March 9.

According to an official Nintendo of America press release, a longer than expected development process is to blame for the delay; “As we’re sure you have seen on the Dojo (the game’s official site), the game contains an unprecedented number of characters, options, and experiences,” the statement said.

On the Dojo site, Brawl designer Masahiro Sakurai apologized to his fans, who he knows are let down by the delay. “I deeply apologize to the people who have looked forward to playing the game for so long, and ask that you hold on just a little longer. Thank you for your patience,” Sakurai said.

This isn’t the first time Brawl has been delayed, in fact — it was originally talked about as a launch title for the Wii’s November 2006 release but was pushed back to December 7, 2007 before long. Just months before the fourth quarter release, it was announced that due to time constraints and a hectic development schedule, the game would be pushed back to February 10.

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