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Masahiro Sakurai attends work at Namco Bandai each day so that he can work on the latest Smash Bros. entry. Despite his lingering arm condition, he still makes sure to show up at 10 AM without taking any unnecessary days off. That doesn’t mean he’s forced to, though.

Sakurai, writing in his bi-weekly Famitsu column, said his office hours are completely up to him.

“My office hours are up to me. So long as I complete the new Smash Bros., I could show up only once a week, or only at night, or even telecommute if I wanted to.”

Sakurai also spoke about he ensures he gives his approval on all aspects of the game. He meticulously looks at the underlying elements, like the motions and UI.

“It’s just as important to check the specifications behind the development of things like graphics, sound, motions, characters, stages, game modes, and UI, not just the products themselves.”


The latest Famitsu most-wanted games chart is as follows:

Rank Game Title Platform Publisher
1 Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII PS3 Square Enix
2 Puzzle Dragon Z 3DS GungHo Online Entertainment
3 Final Fantasy XV PS4 Square Enix
4 God Eater 2 PSV Bandai Namco
5 Zelda no Densetsu: Kamigami no Triforce 2 [The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds] 3DS Nintendo
6 Shin Gundam Musou [Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 4] PS3 Bandai Namco
7 Kingdom Hearts III PS4 Square Enix
8 Mario Kart 8 Wii U Nintendo
9 Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster PS3 Square Enix
10 Drag-on Dragoon 3 [Drakengard 3] PS3 Square Enix
11 Sengoku Basara 4 PS3 Capcom
12 Gran Turismo 6 PS3 Sony
13 Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 3DS Sega
14 Sengoku Musou 4 [Samurai Warriors 4] PS3 Koei Tecmo
15 Metal Max 4 3DS Kadokawa Games
16 Psycho Break [The Evil Within] PS3 Bethesda Softworks
17 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain PS4 Konami
18 Akiba’s Trip 2 PSV Acquire
19 Ryu ga Gotoku: Ishin [Yakuza: Ishin] PS4 Sega
20 Exstetra PSV FuRyu


This week’s Famitsu review scores are as follows:

Band Brothers P (3DS) – 10/9/9/10
God Eater 2 (PSV) – 10/9/10/9
Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS3/360/Wii U) – 10/9/9/9
World Soccer Winning Eleven 2014 (PS3) – 10/9/9/9
God Eater 2 (PSP) – 9/8/9/9
Medabots Dual (3DS) – 8/8/8/8
Model * Oshare Audition Dream Girl (3DS) – 8/8/8/8
Arcana Famiglia 2: La storia della Aracana Famiglia (PSP) – 8/7/8/8
Stardust Amazoness (3DS) – 7/8/7/8
Jewelpet: Cafe de Mahou no Cooking! (3DS) – 8/7/8/7
Shinigami Syogyou: Kaidan Romance (PSP) – 8/7/7/7
World Soccer Winning Eleven 2014 (3DS) – 8/7/7/7
World Soccer Winning Eleven 2014 (PSP) – 8/7/6/6

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This week’s Famitsu review scores are as follows:

Rocksmith 2014 Edition (PS3/360) – 9/9/9/9
Metal Max 4 (3DS) – 9/9/9/8
NBA 2K14 (PS3/360) – 9/9/8/8
Akiba’s Trip 2 (PS3/PSV) – 9/8/8/8
Onechanbara Z: Kagura With NoNoNo (PS3) – 8/9/8/7
Wonderbook: Book of Spells (PS3) – 8/7/8/8
Exstetra (3DS) – 8/8/7/7
Glass Heart Princess: Platinum (PSP) – 8/8/8/6
Tamagotchi! Seishun no Dream School (3DS) – 8/7/8/6

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