Masahiro Sakurai’s final Weekly Famitsu column has leaked online and within it he is asked whether he would like to return to the Smash Bros franchise if a new entry in the long-running series is announced and green-lit by Nintendo. Mr. Sakurai said in the column that at this point in time he hasn’t actually thought about a new entry, but if Nintendo enquired whether he would like to create one he said that he would need to have a long hard discussion with them about how they could make it notably different from what has come before. He also said that he has tried to leave the franchise with others, but he is always pulled back in as it just hasn’t worked out. It would certainly be a huge challenge for Mr. Sakurai to top Super Smash Bros Ultimate so we shall have to wait and see what happens.
Q: As far as a new entry to Smash is concerned, would you come back?
Sakurai: I’m not even thinking of a sequel at all. This happens with every release. But I can’t say that this will be the last Smash ever.
[We would] need to consider whether [we] should release a Smash Bros. at the cost of disappointing users. Currently, I can’t see a way to produce a Smash Bros title without my involvement
To be honest, I’d rather leave it to others. I’ve tried, but it hasn’t worked out [so far?]. If there is a continuation of Smash, Nintendo and I would need to have a long serious discussion on how to make [the next Smash] successful.