Sakurai Uncertain Whether he Would Lead a new Smash Bros. Project

By Jorge Ba-oh 05.12.2014 9

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Longterm director of Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. series is uncertain whether he'd make another entry.

After the strong launch of two titles - one for Wii U, and another for 3DS - Masahiro Sakurai doesn't "think there will be" a chance for another, when it comes to him leading the project.

He also highlighted how with the "sheer number of characters" and scope, he feels the team went "beyond our limits long ago." Despite this, Sakurai realises that if a future game had cut content, "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.

Despite his reluctance to take on another Super Smash Bros. game any time soon, he does have "trouble picturing someone else taking my place and providing all this value-added content without me."

Do you think Nintendo can go forward with new Super Smash Bros. titles without Sakurai?

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Sakurai is the man. Simple as that. The poor guy has put himself through the paces and then some to create some incredible games for the fans. You just gotta love him. Smilie I wouldn't be surprised if he really doesn't head up development of the next Smash Bros. (Lord knows he's earned some R&R). Smilie

Then again, he's said this same thing a few times before. So who knows? Part of me has a hard time imagining a new Smash Bros. without him. In fact, it kinda makes me sad. Smilie

Chance favors the prepared mind.

Unfortunately i think he takes the criticisms of the trolls out there too hard. Cutting characters is just a big no-no and not including some others will also draw heat.
He's not really in a winning situation when it comes to these things but he's has made a hell of a series out of Smash Bros. Its iconic and surely going to win Game of the Year in some award ceremonies.

I can imagine that he would be involved in the next Smash Bros but more as an advisor or supervisory role.

I could imagine that Nintendo are already working on the next game in the series in some way shape or form, whether it will be just conceptual and new ideas. They have to treat this as one of their top 5 IP's!

Nah, this Smash pretty much gave it everything. Let the franchise rest for awhile. We had big breaks between franchises before, it gives others a chance to recover and get Dev time on it.

Lets have other franchises for the next generation, maybe two, and then for the Nintendo Xii in 2025 have it a full AR/VR simulation - with optional force feedback neural implants for the hardcore Smilie <-- Tells some truly terrible tales.
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I wonder what game he will make next. After some time off to relax and recover I'm sure he'll probably get the opportunity to make a game of essentially whatever he wants next.

He says this every time. He'll be back. Just needs some time away, which is understandable.

I'd like to see him work on something else, but after a long break, which he really deserves.

Who needs rest? Milk him until he's dry Nintendo!

I'd rather have a sequel to Kid Icarus because lord knows we don't need another Kirby game right now. Unless he could be working on reviving a franchise like Duck Hunt or Ice Climbers

With the next one, they should start slow - the Wii U hopefully has at least another 2 years ahead of it, in terms of core lifespan, to which it will likely fizzle out towards the end of 2017.

Sakurai should consider just taking his time with it - you can see Smash 4 was rushed, not from the gameplay, but just simply how they just had to have it out for this side of Christmas - and the added modes like Tournaments being patched in later, clones and the lack of a solid single player campaign speaks volumes.

Would be good to see him do some smaller - maybe eShop - releases too.

I have no doubt he's doing Smash DLC right now.

But, to be honest, it's not ALL about Sakurai - he is one dedicated man, that's without question, but there is a huge team of people who also put in the hours too.

( Edited 06.12.2014 12:54 by jb )

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I just want an epic Kid Icarus game for Wii U. Uprising was mind bowing, and I'd love to see a new installment tailor made for Wii U. I just hate to think about it without Sakurai's involvement.

Chance favors the prepared mind.

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