Masahiro Sakurai Implies that Wii U Smash Bros. Could Be His Last

Masahiro Sakurai

Over the course of two years, Masahiro Sakurai has been directing a team at Namco Bandai to produce no less than two Super Smash Bros. games, one for Wii U and 3DS. Such a task is highly challenging, with the need to create two separate games, of intense complexity and depth, to release at a specific time frame. Clearly, such work has taken its toll on Mr. Sakurai. Though he’s long implied that the stress of the job may hold him back from any future installments, an interview with Game Informer magazine makes it even clearer that Mr. Sakurai wishes for the newest Smash Bros. games to be his last run at the series. He explains:

I can’t positively declare there won’t be [another Smash Bros. game]. With both Melee and Brawl, I made those games with the thought that there wouldn’t be any more sequels. Thus, I really can’t deny the chance for another. However, as for myself, I don’t think there will be.

In terms of scope, and in terms of sheer number of characters, we went beyond our limits long ago, and yet, if we cut the number of fighters or modes in a future game, I’m sure there would be complaints.

You could say that all the effort in the past to stretch out, keep pushing myself, and provide all these extra merits wound up tightening the noose around my neck in the future, that may seem like it contradicts my personal desire to keep giving gamers as much as I can, but I don’t see any easy answer for it. And yet, despite that, I also have trouble picturing someone else taking my place and providing all this value-added content without me.

And thus, the series would continue on, even without its creator and mastermind. After many years of incredible fine-tuning and content creation, all of which requires balancing and increasing development cost, it’s understandable that Mr. Sakurai would want to get away from the stress of it all.

However, before his dream becomes reality, there is still downloadable content yet to release for the newest Smash Bros. installments. Mewtwo is being crafted for both the Wii U and 3DS versions, and the Wii U edition is getting a Tournament mode and a Miiverse-themed stage.

What are your thoughts on Mr. Sakurai’s admission of retirement from Smash Bros? Do you think it would change the course of the series, whatever platform it comes out for?

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