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Sakurai reveals how many Playstation titles he played in 2019

How does the man find time?!

Masahiro Sakurai is a busy guy, but apparently he's not too busy to enjoy playing games instead of making them. Sakurai took to Twitter to reveal that he played 242 different Playstation titles throughout 2019. Sakurai also notes that he played Switch and PC titles, but doesn't have the numbers to share on those. Even if he didn't play anything on other platforms, 242 games in one year is still staggering!

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It's official, Sakurai is a vampire and has no need for sleep

But what games? How big/long games? For how long did he play each title?

This does not compute

socar
Tue Jan 21 20 12:10am
Rating: 1

Ok, what's this guy's deal? He plays PlayStation games but has never once made a game for the ps and yet he plays a whole lot of them.

He does a lot of research for games and yet, he has only developed few games and smash is the one that he is most focused on and that uprising is loosely based on Smash mechanics.

So really, what is he trying to accomplish? I understand he wants to make ultimate as big as possible to honor Satoru Iwata but they were suppose to stop it instead of adding six more characters.

What does he plan to do once smash is done?

What on Earth has playing games on PlayStation got to do with anything? Just because he makes games primarily for Nintendo doesn’t mean he’s only interested in playing games on their consoles. Do you think all Nintendo employees only play games on Nintendo systems?

First off, he's not an employee of Nintendo. I didn't say that people at Nintendo don't play their competitor games. Nintendo can't make games for their competitors unlike him who is a freelance game designer so he can like work on Sony or Microsoft platforms.

So again, what's his deal?

I never said he’s a Nintendo employee either. Your comment just made it sound it like it was ludicrous that he would play games on other platforms when he doesn’t make games for them.

He just has a good relationship with Nintendo, not much more. His last few games have been huge projects which doesn’t leave much time to do anything else and clearly he’s passionate about Smash and is happy to make it his main commitment nowadays.

It’s like Next Level Games, they could make games for whatever they want but they work well with Nintendo and so choose to stick with them. There’s no “deal”, just people working with who they want to work with.

So what does playing so many playstation games have anything to do with Smash in the first place?

Its just so many things wrong here. He claims he has injuries but then he still works like hell. He claims that he does not have any time but somehow played like hundreds of games and has a whole collection of games not to mention that he has two tvs for whatever reason.

Next level worked with Nintendo because all their games outside Nintendo haven't done much to them. And being that Luigi's Mansion is doing well(although I hope Nintendo develops the next game instead of them), it would be stupid for Next level to not keep making games for Nintendo.

So he's not allowed to have any downtime? When you get off work do you not play video games for fun??? It's not just research, hes a gamer.
The dude has basically built smash games back to back, and his approach is to do a lot of the work himself. So hes not gonna design multiple games at once typically. He obviously enjoys making Smash Bros, as he hasnt declined the offer of making it.
Theres also a lot of reasons why game developers dont make things for multiple companies, even if they are freelancers.
1) we are not privy to his contract. Could have a clause that doesnt let him work with anyone else when hes on a project with Nintendo.
2) maybe Nintendo is paying him more than any other companies are willing.
3) Hes basically known as the guy who makes smash and kirby(even if he doesnt make kirby anymore). Employing him would be promoting Nintendo whenever he makes a game.
4) He could just wanna work for Nintendo but not be completely under their thumb, so he is free to do what he wants and accept only game contracts he desires.

And theres likely even more reasons I cant even fathom. But there are many people who play Nintendo games and talk about loving the switch but havent made a switch game.

So he's not allowed to have any downtime? When you get off work do you not play video games for fun??? It's not just research, hes a gamer.

And yet he complains that he hardly has any time for gaming and here we are seeing that he's played hundreds of playstation games.

The dude has basically built smash games back to back, and his approach is to do a lot of the work himself. So hes not gonna design multiple games at once typically. He obviously enjoys making Smash Bros, as he hasnt declined the offer of making it.

If all his research is just to make a fighting game, then there really is no point as his creativity is limited unlike several others who have made more than just one type of game. I'll give you credit that he makes good games but other than Smash, like I said, only Uprising counts and that's loosely based on Smash mechanic wise.

There are so many developers out there who make more than just one type of game. Doing research for building only one type of genre that doesn't seem to do much is just lame. Even Shigeru Miyamoto is better than him design wise.

If he atleast can make a Kirby game, then I can take back what I said now but he's not even doing that.

we are not privy to his contract. Could have a clause that doesnt let him work with anyone else when hes on a project with Nintendo.

He formed his own company called Sora which only has him being the founder. As Sora states, its a freelance company and he is basically the only one running it besides his wife.

So really, he can work with anyone. Infact his first game under Sora was Meteos which was published by Bamco.

maybe Nintendo is paying him more than any other companies are willing.

In his case, he's a freelance so it would not matter whether he's paid more or less as long as he gets hired by someone to make a game for them. In this case, only Nintendo seems to benefit from this because his portfolio only mentions that he worked at Hal and no one else and that Nintendo's fourth president Satoru Iwata used to work there.

Hes basically known as the guy who makes smash and kirby(even if he doesnt make kirby anymore). Employing him would be promoting Nintendo whenever he makes a game.

Nintendo can make Smash with or without him if at all they want to. Hal can make Kirby fine without him and it shows.

He could just wanna work for Nintendo but not be completely under their thumb, so he is free to do what he wants and accept only game contracts he desires.

And that's what I said earlier. He can do it and yet he wastes time with just one specific type of game and that's that.

I got no issues with him. I just find it weird that all this work he does is nothing but build just one series. Its almost as if he's got autism or something.

anubis
Tue Jan 21 20 04:18pm
Rating: 2

Wish I wasnt on my phone replying, but I'll reply as efficiently as I can.

1) yes he complains just like any of us. I work 8+ hours doing stuff I dont wanna do. I get to play like maybe 4 hours in a day if I'm super lucky on any game I want to enjoy? And off days I still have to clean house and do other adult things. I also dont think I get enough gaming time.

2) He doesnt think of Smash as a fighting game. You're missing that super important factor. And many people ignore literally all the other work he puts into the game and just play 1v1 no items. They ignore the other modes and aspects he builds into the game. Sure fighting is a huge part of it, but that's not all it is. Hes always had fighting as an integral aspects of his game designs, aside from one game ever.
As far as other designers doing multiple types of games, so what?? Hes doing exactly what he wants. What's wrong with doing what you like?

3. WE ARE NOT PRIVY TO HIS CONTRACT. All third party developers have to agree to a contract to design a game on a nintendo system and sell it. I never said he worked as a nintendo employee. All companies that make games for nIntendo still have to sign paperwork and things like NDA's. He's making a nintendo exclusive game with first party characters. He has to sign all sorts of shit to do that.

4. And as a freelancer he can essentially do what he wants. So why are you trying to police that? Hes working the way he wants and hes taking the contracts he wants. Assuming he doesnt have restrictions that I mentioned earlier.

5. I really feel like Kirby and Smash are completely different beasts. Any game developer who loves kirby can replicate its success and make a couple million sales as long as they pay attention to the details. What kirby game has nearly 14 millions sales? Could someone else making Kirby games replicate Smash levels of success with a new Smash game? Maybe, probably not. But everyone has their own ideas on what makes Smash so great. Focus the game too much on the competitive crowd and sales drop as casuals find it too difficult to enjoy whenever the good friend shows up. Focus too much on the casual, the competitive crowd wont be as loud and you lose sales and promotion there. Focus too hard on making the visuals above and beyond and cut side content to make space for the needed coding, lose all the sales from people who want the side content. Try to do it all and make everything bigger and better, causes tons more bugs and requires much more intensive patching, makes the game even more unappealing in the long run. Think I made my point enough there.

6. Why is it in your mind that hes wasting his time? He's not poor, he doesn't seem to care to have millions of dollars. He doesnt care about the fame he gets from it. So why is this considered failure in your mind??? It's like you cant comprehend that other people enjoy themselves doing what they are doing and don't need to reach some sort of grand level that you decided was what everyone has to attain.

Do you see him lording his status over other developers? So you see him comparing himself to others in any means to put them down? No. Because he probably doesnt care to have what they have. He wants to live his life his way. If he decides to make other games, great. If not, oh well. But you're not the decider of his happiness. He owes nobody.

As far as his hands hurting from gaming, that's another animal. We dont know what games hes played or for how long. That isnt a quantity of games hes played from start to finish. We dont even know what games they all are. It could be 250 Visual novels. Tho that does paint a funny picture.

socar
Wed Jan 22 20 02:23am
Rating: 1

yes he complains just like any of us. I work 8+ hours doing stuff I dont wanna do. I get to play like maybe 4 hours in a day if I'm super lucky on any game I want to enjoy? And off days I still have to clean house and do other adult things. I also dont think I get enough gaming time.

While he is busy doing what? playing hundreds of games researching for just one type of genre he's into. People complain but not to extremes to what he does. He hates sequels and yet he's hypocritically making them and Smash is one of them. He complains that he suffers from health issues and yet he still works insane like as if he's a masohist. I've known so many who would instantly quit the minute they struggle that much. The fact he endures it and still complains is just being dumb because in the game industry, you're required to crunch regardless and he knew that and still acts like its a big deal.

Time management is something people have to think properly before executing it. I've managed to finish my work in time and have always been able to almost do what I want after that. I don't know why everyone has a problem with this fact.

He doesnt think of Smash as a fighting game. You're missing that super important factor. And many people ignore literally all the other work he puts into the game and just play 1v1 no items. They ignore the other modes and aspects he builds into the game. Sure fighting is a huge part of it, but that's not all it is. Hes always had fighting as an integral aspects of his game designs, aside from one game ever.
As far as other designers doing multiple types of games, so what?? Hes doing exactly what he wants. What's wrong with doing what you like?

Whether he thinks its not a fighting game or not doesn't matter because at the end of the day, its still a fighting game. Adding things like reaching goal lines and smashing a sandbag is using the fighting mechanics and trying to use that to make it into a different genre which doesn't work. Like I don't like the idea of smashing the analog right twice just to run right in a platform game(and this applies to Kirby games too but since the level environment is too big, its mostly a pass).

The point is that its a fighting game. And you not seeing that is rather odd.

WE ARE NOT PRIVY TO HIS CONTRACT. All third party developers have to agree to a contract to design a game on a nintendo system and sell it. I never said he worked as a nintendo employee. All companies that make games for nIntendo still have to sign paperwork and things like NDA's. He's making a nintendo exclusive game with first party characters. He has to sign all sorts of shit to do that.

Of course he works under contract. So what's the deal here?

And as a freelancer he can essentially do what he wants. So why are you trying to police that? Hes working the way he wants and hes taking the contracts he wants. Assuming he doesnt have restrictions that I mentioned earlier.

The issue here is that he sticks to only one IP and that's that. Once he's done with Ultimate, he'll be on hiatus for god knows how long. And while its none of my business on what he wants to do with his life, his idea of working as a freelance game designer is flawed because like I said, only Nintendo made use of him because of his portfolio having to use Nintendo characters so he may as well work there full time.

Point five...that's part of game designing. You can't balance everything as no matter what, games will have flaws and Ultimate will have them no matter how you slice it. This really isn't so much to fuss about because this is an obvious fact.

His games have flaws. They aren't perfect so why are you saying that he's making games that are perfect here?

Why is it in your mind that hes wasting his time? He's not poor, he doesn't seem to care to have millions of dollars. He doesnt care about the fame he gets from it. So why is this considered failure in your mind??? It's like you cant comprehend that other people enjoy themselves doing what they are doing and don't need to reach some sort of grand level that you decided was what everyone has to attain.

Its a waste because he's practically doing all for just making one type of game. Its a waste because for the amazing talent he has, he only uses it for making only one specific type of game. Uprising could have been a better game had it not had Smash mechanics in them. Even Eiji Anouma was capable of making different types of games more so than him.

I will say the same to guys like Yuji Naka and such because the talent they have and what they can achieve with them are missed. Imagine if he was hired to make something like an RPG for a Nintendo game. Imagine if we can get F-Zero from him instead of asking Nintendo to make it. He would be better appreciated and he could make himself get into more areas instead of being stuck with just Smash.

Its practically an insult to the others because he made himself a freelance game designer and yet, he's more comfortable working with Nintendo which is kinda being hypocritical so what's the point of even being a freelance in the first place?

And yes he brags about how he's better than the other game designers as in his Iwata Asks with Uprising, he disagrees with Shigeru Miyamoto's design philosophy.

Yeaaa we're done here. You measure other people's success based off your personal feelings. I'm not gonna bother debating semantics with this kind of crazy.

According to what your saying, nobody is allowed to be themselves and do things their own way. Nobody is allowed to complain "too much" or have any individualism whatsoever.

socar
Thu Jan 23 20 12:22am
Rating: 1

I don't know how you came with that logic but whatever...guess we're done here.

And people can do things their way, its just he is hypocritically not doing it the way he wants.

This comment doesnt even make sense. If he didnt want to, he wouldnt. Period. That's it. The end of it. There is no "but 10 years ago he said", Sakurai has changed his mind on things over time. One time he said no third parties in smash bros. Guess what's in smash bros. He is a human being and is allowed to. Like me right now. I said I wasnt gonna argue with you, but look, I changed my mind. Omg.

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