let's check the scale to see what fellows at wiichat think of how many characters there will be... oh it looks like 40-44 is estimated by 4 people, putting it in the lead. yes!!! this is what i agree with.
-they will bring back melee chars. you'll see, just different (22-25)
-the 7 newcomers also (7)
-about a quarter unlockables (8-11)
...and there you have it, over 40 characters (seems reasonable right?) i really don't think they will take out clones with ONLY one exception of young link, meh maybe not even him (i'm not joking )
is there anyone here that thinks there's going to be over 70 chars?