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Sakurai: Smash Bros. Wii U Could be the Last

Over the course of two years, Masahiro Sakurai has been directing a team at Namco Bandai to produce no less than two Super Smash Bros. games, one for Wii U and 3DS. Such a task is highly challenging, with the need to create two separate games, of intense complexity and depth, to release at a specific time frame. Clearly, such work has taken its toll on Mr. Sakurai. Though he’s long implied that the stress of the job may hold him back from any future installments, an interview with Game Informer magazine makes it even clearer that Mr. Sakurai wishes for the newest Smash Bros. games to be his last run at the series.

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remixx1161108d ago

Wow damn, I was hoping this was one of those "satire" articles.

wonderfulmonkeyman1108d ago (Edited 1108d ago )

The title takes his words out-of-context.

What Sakurai says in the article, basically, is that he feels that this may be the last Smash he himself will participate in making, not that this will be the last one period.
He just has issues with believing that anyone could take the helm of the series after the bars he has set up, that's all.

For reference, here's his exact quote, as the article says it:

" I can’t positively declare there won’t be [another Smash Bros. game]. With both Melee and Brawl, I made those games with the thought that there wouldn’t be any more sequels. Thus, I really can’t deny the chance for another. However, as for myself, I don’t think there will be.

In terms of scope, and in terms of sheer number of characters, we went beyond our limits long ago, and yet, if we cut the number of fighters or modes in a future game, I’m sure 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. And yet, despite that, I also have trouble picturing someone else taking my place and providing all this value-added content without me."

Un-quote.

Now, as for me?
I think that it's pretty obvious that, if fan demand continues into Nintendo's next console, we WILL see another Smash Bros.
Perhaps Sakurai will only play an advisory role in its production instead of being directly involved to the extent that he has been thus far, or perhaps he won't participate at all.

But Smash won't die so long as its fanbase craves more.

chrissx1108d ago

Misleading title. Sakurai said this (SB wiiu) might be his last involvment in a smash bros game

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