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Masahiro Sakurai Was Asked About the Future of Smash

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Masahiro Sakurai

The latest issue of Famitsu has extensive coverage related to Masahiro Sakurai, the creator of the Super Smash Bros. and Kirby series. Other than featuring the game creator on the magazine’s cover, Famitsu also interviewed Sakurai on the future of Super Smash Bros. after Ultimate. [Thanks, Ryokutya!]

When Famitsu asked Sakurai whether he can create a new sequel to Smash, he immediately said “Impossible!” multiple times. However, he later elaborated that neither he nor Nintendo have finalized plans for such a sequel.

Here are some of the highlights from Famitsu‘s interview with Masahiro Sakurai:

  • “I am not thinking of a sequel. I am not thinking of it every time. However, I can’t say with certainty that this would be the end of Smash.”
  • “I need to think whether I must release a Smash game or not, even if I have to do something that would disappoint users.”
  • “I currently don’t see a path where Smash can be produced without myself.”
  • “Honestly, we did actually try leaving it to someone else, but it didn’t go well.”
  • “If the series were to continue, I have to talk with Nintendo and have a debate on whether it will succeed or not. I must think about this topic seriously.”

Masahiro Sakurai is also known for publishing his column bi-weekly in Famitsu. However, this week’s issue marks the final publication of his column.

In his final column, Sakurai wrote that he wanted to conceal himself for a while. He also stated that he is still not at liberty to say what he will do or create soon. He continued by saying it may be even better if people end up forgetting about him, but he will be careful not to make himself fade out as it is.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is immediately available on Nintendo Switch. Content additions for the title concluded with the inclusion of Kingdom Hearts‘ Sora.

Kite Stenbuck
An avid gamer who learned the Japanese language mostly by playing Japanese games. Especially enjoys Dynasty Warriors, Ace Combat, and Gundam a lot.