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In a new video posted today, Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai shared more of his thoughts on why he feels the series isn’t the best fit with online play.

Sakurai was addressing the topic while speaking about the creation of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which was the first entry in the franchise to support the feature. We previously heard him talking about this a bit in a column a couple of years ago.

Masahiro Sakurai Meteos origins

Masahiro Sakurai is famous for his work on Smash Bros., but he’s working on a variety of other titles throughout his career – including Meteos. In the latest video for his YouTube channel, he delved into the game’s origins and even shared a proposal he made to help explain things a bit more easily.

During his days of supervising and consulting work, Tetsuya Mizuguchi – who was at SEGA before co-founding Q Games – asked Sakurai to make a falling-block puzzle game. Interestingly, Sakurai said he’s not really good at these types of titles. He wanted to do more than the risk and reward gameplay they offer (like creating a high stack in Tetris which is a risk, and then knocking them down into a big reward at once). 

Kirby Air Ride Masahiro Sakurai

In a new video on YouTube, Masahiro Sakurai discussed the making of Kirby Air Ride and why he decided to create a racing game based on the franchise. He acted as the project’s director and a designer.

Sakurai first pointed out how more games were needed to coincide with the Kirby: Right Back at Ya anime. With a racing game, it would be quicker to develop than a traditional action game. Other titles for were also already planned, including a mainline entry for GameCube that ended up getting cancelled.

Masahiro Sakurai semi retired

Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai recently spoke with Denfaminicogamer in an interview, and mentioned that he’s “semi-retired.”

Sakurai was participating in the interview largely to speak about his recent YouTube channel. However, he also took a few moments to reflect on his past and future.

Kid Icarus Uprising home console port Masahiro Sakurai

Masahiro Sakurai has given a small glimmer of hope that Kid Icarus: Uprising could one day appear on a home console.

Sakurai published yet another video on his YouTube channel, this time discussing game difficultly. Kid Icarus: Uprising was the focus here because of its unique Fiend’s Cauldron mechanic. Players can choose the “Intensity” before starting a stage. It’s a risk and reward system since a higher Intensity means the game will be more difficult, but you’ll earn better rewards.

Following his previous videos detailing development on games in the Kirby series, Masahiro Sakurai has released a new video on his channel providing a closer look at Super Smash Bros’ development.

Sakurai mentions that after Kirby Super Star’s launch was wrapped up, he moved onto independent 3D study, and proposed two games for the Nintendo 64: an RC robot adventure game where you would hack into security cameras to progress, and a four player free-for-all fighting game called Dragon King, which would go on to become Super Smash Bros. Sakurai also shares prototype footage of Dragon King in the video.

Following his previous videos detailing development on Kirby’s Dream Land and Kirby’s Adventure, Masahiro Sakurai has released a new video on his channel providing a closer look at Kirby Super Star’s development.

Sakurai mentions that the game was created with two core ideas in mind; two-player simultaneous play, and an “omnibus” collection format. The first of these was actually something requested by Shigeru Miyamoto, who had apparently been wanting to implement two-player simultaneous multiplayer into the Super Mario Bros. series, but couldn’t find a way to make it work with the fast-paced nature of those games.

Smash Bros Katsuhiro Harada Masahiro Sakurai Kazuya

Tekken producer and Bandai Namco Entertainment general manager Katsuhiro Harada has commented on how Sakurai worked to bring Kazuya to Smash Bros. Ultimate, ultimately stating that “he’s probably the only one that could properly make that game.”

Harada thought Sakurai would ask questions to make sure the character was represented properly, but he “already had his own thoughts about what makes Tekken ‘Tekken.'” This is in part due to how familiar Sakurai was with the series. Harada was impressed by how much Sakurai knows about so many different gaming IPs and having them all integrated into Smash Bros. so successfully.

Kirby's Adventure Masahiro Sakurai

Masahiro Sakurai published a video today talking about the development of Kirby’s Adventure. This follows his previous one going over Kirby’s Dream Land.

Sakurai was actually told to make Kirby’s Dream Land for the NES, but he wanted to create something for both veterans and newcomers. That led to the copy abilities and the decision to work on a new game entirely.

Sakurai Kirby's Dream Land

Masahiro Sakurai just opened a new YouTube channel, and one of the first videos he published focuses on Kirby’s Dream Land and its creation. One part of the video provides an excerpt from the original game proposal, pictured above.

Sakurai felt that with the game, “there had to be an easier way to take advantage of the enemies on-screen.” While he initially considered having Kirby use his tongue to grab foes, he ultimately went with what the character is now famous for: inhaling them and spitting them out.

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