Masahiro Sakurai confirms he isn't working on any game other than Super Smash Bros.

Atheerios

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Oct 27, 2017
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Sorry for the people (Arlo) who expected a new game from Sakurai this generation.

Sakurai also confirms he's been working on the Super Smash Bros. franchise non-stop for the last 7~8 years.

He does however enjoy his job:

 
Oct 29, 2017
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Would be nice if he stopped making Smash at some point. I'd like to see him make another game and maybe this time one that doesn't break people's wrists.
 

MegaXZero

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He's figured it out: he won't kill himself making a new Smash if he keeps the old one alive with DLC.

But seriously it is clearly an amazing passion and the work he puts in shines through brightly.
 

cw_sasuke

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Oct 27, 2017
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Not surprising - he said in the last showcase that he doubts that Ultimate will be topped down the line, so its his final shot now to make and perfect one of, if not the biggest gaming mashup ever.

Once its all said and done Ultimate will be a crazy package with a ridiculous roster.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Great for Smash Bros, but still upsetting.

Sakurai is a really talented director, and I would've loved to see him reboot another IP, or even make a new one. That, and this man REALLY needs a break.

At the very least, can some other studio make Kid Icarus Uprising 2? Treasure, maybe?
 

ZiggyPalffyLA

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Honestly there's no reason to work on a new Smash game anytime soon, just use Ultimate as a foundation and keep adding DLC for years to come. That's what Nintendo should have done with Mario Kart 8.

Also, I'd hope he could juggle Smash DLC and a new project if he wanted, but like everyone else is saying as long as the man keeps a good work/life balance he should do whatever he wants.

EDIT: Also, poor Arlo. That was one of the most badly timed videos I've seen lmao
 
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9-Volt

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Oct 27, 2017
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I gave up on Kid Icarus long time ago.

At this point I accepted the fact that Nintendo are not interested in other older series other than big ones like Mario, Zelda etc. They seem to be fine with creating new IPs and so am I.
 

Champion

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Oct 28, 2017
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I said this a couple years ago and some Nintendo fans on here swore he had another game coming. Nah, games take too long to develop and it was obvious they were going to go all out with the DLC too. And from a financial and opportunity cost standpoint it makes no sense for him to work on anything else.

Sakurai got the Aunoma treatment.
 

jorgejjvr

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Oct 31, 2017
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Honestly there's no reason to work on a new Smash game anytime soon, just use Ultimate as a foundation and keep adding DLC for years to come. That's what Nintendo should have done with Mario Kart 8.

Also, I'd hope he could juggle Smash DLC and a new project if he wanted, but like everyone else is saying as long as the man keeps a good work/life balance he should do whatever he wants.
That's coming with Mario Kart Ultimate
 

Kanmurukillua

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He seems like he really enjoys it, so good for him. I'm fine with not getting a new Kid Icarus or something like that if it means Smash Ultimate gets supported for a bit longer. It's such a crazy fun and ambitious crossover.
 

Zutrax

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Oct 31, 2017
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God I hope this man gets decent sleep and time with his family. Smash Bros. is big enough as is, let the man take a break.
 

The Adder

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Oct 25, 2017
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I really do feel like at some point for Sakurai Smash went from being a game series he works on to the thing that will be his mark on the world. The thing that's going to be tied to him forever and he puts everything into it for that reason.
 

Anth0ny

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Oct 25, 2017
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Let him make DLC forever if that’s what he loves. Fans ain’t complaining.

Nice to hear it’s less stressful than regular development
 

rhandino

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Oct 25, 2017
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I hope the people saying "Is a shame that he only does Smash" are not the same people crying that developers should have the freedom to work in what projects they actually enjoy (which seems to be Sakurai case)

 

Shoichi

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Jan 10, 2018
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Will be interesting how they replace Ultimate. They will never have as many characters, stages, items, etc. as this game has. The only way to do so is make it a GaaS game that continues on future platforms. Let Sakurai have a break from developing a new Smash game from the ground up and let the existing game continue with very minimal oversight from Sakurai.

Sakurai has done good work for Nintendo with the Smash Bros franchise.
 

UltraMagnus

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Oct 27, 2017
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I loved Kid Icarus (maybe they can re-release it on Switch), but Smash is something historic and unique and he seems to enjoy working on it and now that they have the base game built, it's probably a lot less stress.

Bring on Smash DLC season 2 and even season 3.

Working on one IP for almost your whole career isn't really even that unheard of at Nintendo ... if you work at EAD Tokyo, odds are you've been doing 3D Mario for decades now. Aonuma has been on Zelda for how long now.
 

RailWays

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Oct 25, 2017
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Happy for him, since he genuinely wants to continue working on expanding Ultimate as much as possible. As long as Sakurai is happy doing his work, let him do what he wants.