Creator of Kirby and Super Smash Bros, Masahiro Sakurai has certainly proved himself as an innovative game developer. In a recent edition of Famitsu, Sakurai talked about the importance of thinking outside the box when developing games. Praising Platinum’s latest NieR game, he emphasised that games are at their best when players feel like the are trying something for the first time. Source Gaming translated the full article here.

I think it’s always important to question if we should simply keep reusing and adhering to the old standards and existing systems. Sometimes you do end up going with what’s established, and that’s fine, but there’s no drawback to trying to think outside the box.

I’m not saying people should deliberately try to be weird, and make unconventional games. But in the case of NieR, everything about the game is done with intent and purpose, and choices like the one to make the main character an android feel like one part of a defined greater vision.

The experience of feeling something you wouldn’t normally feel. I think that feeling of “trying something for the first time” is very important.

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  1. Sakurai is a genius and knows how to make great multiplayer experiences. Kirby Super Star’s co-op, Air Rides cult City Trial mode, the online multiplayer in Uprising, and the smash series. I’m not a fan of all his decisions (I dislike the punishment system in Uprising. I don’t want to pay to try the hardest mode. Just let me do it over again until I improve on my own like I do in challenging game modes) but I respect him

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  2. ||Sometimes new thoughts should be developed into new weapons and not uneccessary modifications to the latest iterations of existing ones…||

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  3. Sakurai now has 2 games with perfect famitsu scores…
    Smash Bros Brawl
    Kid Icarus Uprising.. ..
    I think he has one more but I’m not so sure.
    Most smash games seem the same to me though.. . So I don’t know how far outside the box he thinks.. . But I can certainly say he’s a work horse.. . Hope his hand has fully healed

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