In a recent interview with Famitsu magazine, Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai shared some thoughts on the latest entry in the series and much more.
When asked about what was his impression of the public reception for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mr. Sakurai was very grateful. “I think this is the first time I ever saw such a tremendous reception for just a game promo. The uproar was beyond encouraging.”
During the interview, Sakurai talked about how happy he was that the game didn’t have any major leaks. “To be honest, I’m really glad that it didn’t leak. If it leaked that ‘all characters will be in it,’ then it wouldn’t have gotten the same reception. I really wanted to avoid having the work of several years get smashed by someone who wanted his little moment to brag.” He also believes it would have been over for them if the words “all characters playable” made it to the public before the actual announcement.
He goes on to comment on how secretive the project was. “It was a top secret project that many at Nintendo didn’t even know about, and that’s why you saw cheers even from those involved with Nintendo.”
In addition to that, Sakurai expressed some concern about the series future. “I question what we’ll do with the next title, and I feel that having ‘all characters playable’ (for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate) may have been a Pandora’s Box that could ruin possibilities for what’s next in the series. However, honestly speaking, I’m not thinking about what’s next!”
“The now is more important than later!”
We all know how loved the Smash Bros. series is around the world. Despite having to worry about the series future, Sakurai says that his focus is on the present. “I’m just working hard on the best possible way to offer maximum satisfaction right now. I don’t think I’ll be able to keep up with such dense workload forever, but the now is more important than later!”
Whether or not Nintendo’s decision to make the biggest Smash Bros. game of all time will impact the series future negatively, it remains to be seen. However, just as Sakurai, our focus should be on the now, or more specifically on December 7, the date Super Smash Bros. Ultimate hits the shelves this year.