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Sakurai talks life post Super Smash Bros Ultimate

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A while back the late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata had mentioned that Super Smash Bros Ultimate would be his final mission for Masahiro Sakurai. Speaking to gaming publication IGN, Mr. Sakurai said that he is proud that he was able to “fully complete this mission.” Now the development and downloadable content for Super Smash bros Ultimate has concluded, Mr. Sakurai told IGN that he had no plans at present to return to the best-selling franchise. However, he did say that “If Nintendo decides they want to make another one and offers me the job, that’s when I’d start thinking about it.” Here’s what Masahiro Sakurai said to IGN abut the franchise and his plans:

“I can’t really think about future prospects at the moment,” he explained when I asked if he planned to direct another Smash Bros. game. “If Nintendo decides they want to make another one and offers me the job, that’s when I’d start thinking about it.”

“When you say ‘returning to the series’, it makes it sound like there is going to be another Super Smash Bros. title, but currently, there are no such plans. It would be best not to assume that there will always be another one.

“Apart from that, I may not necessarily continue with creating more games, as I could potentially go down a different path. As for involvement with the gaming industry, there are various ways to do that. I like to keep an open mind about what I should do and take a look at all the different possibilities.”

“At the very least, I don’t think it would head in a direction where all of the current fighters are kept and the roster continues to expand,” he explained. “I presume that running such a game on a hypothetical new system alone would exceed the game’s budget.”

“However, if we try to keep things fresh by shifting to a different genre or greatly changing the direction, then it’s no longer a Super Smash Bros. game. I can’t deny that making this title so expansive has made it a tough act to follow.”

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11 thoughts on “Sakurai talks life post Super Smash Bros Ultimate”

  1. Making Ultimate and added different DLC characters was his tough priority and it was a huge stretch for him and his team and for Nintendo themselves. He maybe done with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as his final mission, but his journey still continues in the gaming industries whatever he decides if he wanted to retired or continued to make games for consumers. Sakurai deserve this vacation.

  2. If Nintendo’s next console is backwards compatible and they want him to make another Smash, I feel like he’ll make it fresh by making it super competitive and adding a story mode like brawl, the catch being it’ll have a melee or brawl size roster. Casuals won’t buy a game for a console that has less characters than another version of the game that’s also playable on said console. But making it competitive guarantees sales from 1 side of the fandom and adding the in depth story mode will draw in everyone else.

  3. “However, if we try to keep things fresh by shifting to a different genre or greatly changing the direction, then it’s no longer a Super Smash Bros. game”

    If only a certain OTHER billion-dollar franchise had followed this mindset.

  4. The amount of content in smash probably won’t be matched again. They’ll probably do a port for next gen and hopefully add a more in depth story mode.

    Either way, I wouldn’t be surprised if the next smash character roster is cut in half as long as quality is maintained or improved.

    1. +reeleemee
      There is almost no way that will ever happen.
      SSBU’s roster isn’t just huge in terms of numbers but also huge in terms of quality, it’s quite literally quality and quantity.
      Porting SSBU to the next system would mean Nintendo and Sakurai would have to get approval from every last 3rd Party Business and if even 1 of them said no, the whole thing gets ruined especially since that is apparently what almost happened with SSBU but because Sakurai worked his magic, he was barely able to make it happen.
      Sure, some 3rd parties wouldn’t be too hard like Capcom, SNK, and Microsoft but the likes of Square-Enix, Disney, and Konami could pose a real problem. I’ve even heard that apparently even some 1st Party characters can be abit of a nightmare to get approve for. I’m not sure exactly what that means but apparently Sakurai himself said this at some point.

  5. He’s not fooling me. I know there going to announce the final secret DLC tonight at the VGA. Gonna be Waluigi and/or Geno.

    1. +Gag
      I could be wrong here but from what you’re saying, I take it you’re not a fan of Sora being in this game?

      1. I think they’re just referring to how difficult it was to get the rights to have Sora in the game in the first place, and that they’d have to get said rights to him all over again if the game ever recieved a port/definitive edition.

        Though the “fucking sora” part of their comment seems kinda agressive so maybe they do indeed hate him lol.

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