Masahiro Sakurai believes Super Smash Bros. for Wii U may be his last
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U may be Masahiro Sakurai’s last, the series creator indicating that he gave his all for the latest iteration – so much so that it will be hard to surpass.
“I can’t positively declare there won’t be [another Smash Bros.],” Sakurai shared with Game Informer. “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.
“Our intention [with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U] was to provide extra merits to the game which go far beyond the sale price. 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.”
Sakurai worries that if it fell to anyone else to craft the next Super Smash Bros. iteration, that the game wouldn’t pack the same level of content. Although reiterates his hope that this isn’t the end of the road.
He continued, “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.
“I feel like we’ve arrived at a very difficult place. One thing I can say, however, is that I hope people don’t think that Smash Bros. has come to its natural conclusion as a matter of course. That’s my personal plea.”