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Sakurai on Smash Bros. being a 'dream project,' keeping the game open for all gamers, continuing work on the series, and more

Masahiro Sakurai recently sat down with The Guardian to talk about all things Smash Bros., as well as gaming in general. In the interview snippets below, you can check out Sakurai's thoughts on a number of topics.

On Smash Bros. being a 'dream project'

“I feel like it should be a dream project for anybody who is into video games! The fact that we can collaborate with all these different people and characters and meld that all together without any inconsistencies is something I am very proud of.”

On making Smash Bros. games for all types of players

“If we were to lean towards one kind of player or the other … game development would be easier, but forgoing the pros, or forgoing the beginners, wouldn’t result in Smash as it is now, and that’s something I hold dear and important.”

On continuing work with the Smash Bros. franchise

"The best way to enjoy video games is to play what other people have made. But at the same time, I have a role. At this point I have been asked to create Smash and so I am doing that, and will continue to do so if the demand is there."

On playing games for fun

"On the one hand, I play games because of my job, but on the other hand, games have this eternal, immortal attraction. Of course I do go back to old games if I need a refresher, but I think it is important to intentionally play and observe new games, to know what’s out there. Games that are coming out now are just incredible; they’re amazing. Even for people who say that they grow out of games, once they have kids and there’s a game they can play together, they return. It’s not about quitting or graduating from playing games; it’s about finding what’s enjoyable for you at that time in your life, and playing that.”

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saltine
Thu Aug 09 18 02:46pm
Rating: 6

We truly do not deserve this perfect human being, Twitter put him on the cross and he turned the other cheek and gave us Simon Belmont and King K. Rool! I hope things get easier for him and I hope he gets a LONG break, someone else can work on the DLC.

Did't he go on and on about how Brawl was going to be his last Smash Bros he worked on? Now his response is "continue to do so as long as demand is there'?

He said the same with Melee and Smash 4 as well. But then Nintendo asked him to make another. It's more if Nintendo asks him than if there is fan demand because that will never go away. Personally, I hope the game Sakurai makes after Smash Ultimate is either a new IP, Kid Icarus Uprising sequel or something else. Tbh, for the next Smash game on the next system, I would only want a port of Ultimate plus new stages, characters and any old or new modes. Would rather not lose any of the characters that they worked so hard on to make.

saltine
Thu Aug 09 18 02:46pm
Rating: 6

We truly do not deserve this perfect human being, Twitter put him on the cross and he turned the other cheek and gave us Simon Belmont and King K. Rool! I hope things get easier for him and I hope he gets a LONG break, someone else can work on the DLC.

This man I will never doubt again. He gave me my precious King back when Nintendo/Retro constantly refused and they gave him moves from all of his appearances to make him unique. I was afraid if they added K.Rool they give him his crown toss then the rest would be a Bowser clone or something. SO glad they referenced DKC, DKC2, DKC3, DK Land, and DK64 in his moveset.

The only character I want in Smash now is Dixie Kong (and even then if she doesn't make it no big deal). But now I can fulfill my childhood dream of seeing King K. Rool, Bowser, Ganondorf, Ridley, and Wolf team-up in a game (thanks to that 5v5 Squad mode) as a 24 year old man is still so freaking surreal. God I love this man.

gloop
Thu Aug 09 18 06:05pm
Rating: 1

That's what the belly flop was, wasn't it! That's the Land reference you're talking about! I didn't even recognize it when I saw it. Thank you Sakurai!

I am very glad that he would work on another title in the series if he was asked too, BUT HE BETTER NOT!

This 🅱️oi needs a 🅱️reak!!!

Seeing Simon Belmont make his debut in Smash Bros yesterday was a dream to me. If you had told me as a kid that almost every single game series that I loved and was influenced by would come together in one single game, I never would have believed it.

I'll be curious to see what the last few rounds of additions are.

The man has had absolute class throughout his entire career.

socar
Fri Aug 10 18 12:54am
Rating: 1

Over praised as hell. This is almost the same thing other game devs have mentioned.

He only made two ips and of that, only one IP he's really doing it.

I got nothing against him but people are forgetting that this is first and foremost a Nintendo IP. Nintendo has very talented staff that can do smash as well as him. I don't understand why he wants to keep doing this IP over and over again.

Isn't that the main reason why he quit Hal because he milked Kirby to death?

You bet your butt there will be demand for more

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