Below are highlights from Sakurai’s column:
- Masahiro Sakurai: “We announced that we’re making six more characters, but details for the six are already decided, and there are no plans to make more. In other words, once the six characters are released, work on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will finally be done.”
- Masahiro Sakurai: “I don’t choose which characters join. In my position, I take requests from Nintendo’s proposals.”
- Masahiro Sakurai: “We have discussions where they make sure to ask about my thoughts, so if there’s something I don’t agree with then I can cut it. However, I will not refuse something because we’re stuck on game ideas.
- Masahiro Sakurai: “I can’t take on other work while working (on Super Smash Bros.). In short, that means a future in which I direct and release a new game is looking less likely. But I’m fine with that.”
- Masahiro Sakurai: “I’ve never been one to act on personal desires like ‘I want to make a new game’ or I want to direct’ and such. Basically, my intent is to keep working to make people other than myself happy.”
- Masahiro Sakurai: “I can’t say there’s no chance for the Smash Bros. series to continue. However, those in charge at Nintendo and myself have yet to think of anything for what’s next.”
- Masahiro Sakurai: “Holding back new content and adding it makes for poor work if you think about the future. You can keep things going better by releasing bits at a time. And that’s why these six additional characters will be extravagant additions.”
In an earlier column, Sakurai reminded us that he’s not the one deciding which characters get into Smash Ultimate, including its DLC fighters.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available for the Nintendo Switch.