Sakurai wonders what happens next with Smash Bros.

Will Sakurai be the go-to guy?

28 July 2023
by rawmeatcowboy 2

Masahiro Sakurai has to be one of the hardest working developers out there. The man literally worked so hard that he caused damage to both of his hands, yet he pushed on to create a series that is now one of the biggest around.

Smash Bros. Ultimate is no doubt Sakurai’s magnum opus; a culmination of all things Smash before it, on top of a whole new wave of characters, arenas, items and more. Thankfully, Sakurai is now resting easy with Smash Bros. Ultimate’s development 100% complete, but the man can’t help but wonder what the future holds for Smash.

In his latest development video, Sakurai waxes poetic on what’s next for Smash Bros.. While Sakurai doesn’t have those answers, it does seem like he’ll be sticking around to help steer whatever comes to fruition.

The question now is what happens next time? I mean whatever comes after Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. One option would be to separate the series from its original creator, but for now at least, I can’t imagine a Smash Bros. title without me. You might think that’s a natural stance for someone in my role, but I say so speaking objectively.

“I feel the same way President Iwata did when we formed the team for Smash Bros. Brawl. At present, we don’t have someone who can simply take the reins. Smash Bros. is a massive, important title for Nintendo, so it’s fair to assume there will be another one at some point, but it’s going to take some work to figure out exactly how to make that happen. For my part, I’d like to keep working with Nintendo however I’m able.

[Masahiro Sakurai]

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11M ago

Like I said in the article of the video in general:

I don’t see how they can top ultimate anyway. Honestly at this point I would like to see a DX version with another round of characters and balance updates.

I do think that Sakurai-san hadn't really thought about a successor as I feel like getting the game out the door to finish up the last of the irons Iwata-dono had in the fire took precedence. After all the game was sorta his and Iwata-dono's baby and he hadn't been really thinking much further than that; especially since Sora Ltd is basically him as a contractor. No real reason to train someone when you are essentially a contractor unless you are going to turn it into a full business, and I don't think Sakurai-san has any interest in doing that (with him being semi retired). And Smash is a licensing nightmare to boot.


11M ago

I would say that smash for Wii U is his magnum opus