Masahiro Sakurai, the creator of both Kirby and the Smash Bros series, has revealed in the latest edition of Famitsu that he is still suffering immense pain from his right arm and hand. Sakurai says that he’s having trouble finding the time to crack on with the long-awaited project as his days are currently spent overseeing other people, holding meetings and working on other proposals. He concluded by saying that if the disorder doesn’t get sorted then there’s no telling what impact that would have on the Smash Bros project.
“As a director, I don’t have much time in the weekdays to proceed along with my own work. The entire day is spent overseeing other people, holding meetings, working on other proposals, making visits elsewhere and so on. If I can get everything squared away, then I can work on my own stuff, but most of the time there’s just an overwhelming lack of time. Often I go in on my off-days to catch up on my own work, but with my body going on me like this, I have to cut these extra days out of my schedule and even with that I can’t use my right arm very much to control things. If this disorder lingers, or if it never gets fixed, there’s no telling what impact that would have on the project.”
Sakurai noted that, until his right arm gets better, he’s forced to gnarl his left hand around a game controller in order to do any sort of playtesting work on the current version of Smash Bros. “I’ve had to control two characters at once in a lot of game projects up to now, so as long as I keep it to simple moves, this works well enough. It doesn’t go that easy with the Nintendo 3DS version, though, and the debug camera is pretty hard to control. Still, now I realize how important it is to have your health. I’m glad I’m still in good enough shape to work.”
Thanks, Mike S