While much of the DNA from Nintendo’s library of intellectual properties is evidently littered across the Super Smash Bros. franchise, the core of its user base identifies many characteristics to be affiliated with the creator, Masahiro Sakurai. Although he is notable for Kirby and Kid Icarus, Sakurai is extremely notable for pinning Nintendo’s icons into one collaborative platform brawler.
This past month, Nintendo went on to deliver the last character addition to the current game, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Despite defying reports of potential discussions between Nintendo & Disney in the past, the firm announced its last addition will bridge the series with Kingdom Hearts. In that, Sora makes a lasting impression on the series with his debut last month.
According to an interview from Famitsu which Ryokutya2089 gathered and Siliconera translated, Sakurai shares that plans to proceed with Super Smash Bros. in the past did not transpire if he was not involved.
“Honestly, we did actually try leaving it to someone else, but it didn’t go well,” Sakurai explained on the matter. Adding, “I currently don’t see a path where Smash can be produced without myself.” He goes on to mention the amount of consideration that applies to the series when talk of a new game is underway. “I need to think whether I must release a Smash game or not, even if I have to do something that would disappoint users.
“I am not thinking of a sequel. I am not thinking of it every time. However, I can’t say with certainty that this would be the end of Smash. […] If the series were to continue, I have to talk with Nintendo and have a debate on whether it will succeed or not. I must think about this topic seriously.”
What are your thoughts on Sakurai’s impact on the Super Smash Bros. series?