Masahiro Sakurai talks early retirement and ending his Famitsu column

Masahiro Sakurai talks early retirement and ending his Famitsu column

Super Smash Bros. series director Masahiro Sakurai shared thoughts on early retirement in his Weekly Famitsu column, which he also plans on ending this year.

Here are highlights and quotes from the latest column:

  • Masahiro Sakurai: “Everything eventually comes to an end.”
  • During Golden Week (April 29 to May 5), Sakurai thought about what he’ll do after retiring from game development. He also thought about what he would like to do when he’s older and likes the idea of early retirement.
  • Masahiro Sakurai: “For now, I feel that it’s best to work hard while I still can, even if it means persevering through busy times.”
  • Masahiro Sakurai: “I’m also thinking about ending this column sometime after we release all the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC. At least by sometime this year.”
  • Masahiro Sakurai: “However, that doesn’t mean I’ll stop working on games after.”

“Smash director” and “retirement”: terms you never want to hear together

To summarize, Smash director Masahiro Sakurai isn’t considering an early retirement just yet. However, he recently found the appeal to it while thinking about the future, so only time will tell for now. Ryokutya provided snippets from the magazine, but we’ll get the full quotes for better context when the Famitsu issue releases this week.

As for the Masahiro Sakurai column, it has been going on in Weekly Famitsu since 2003. Topics included everything from Sakurai’s thoughts on the latest video game hardware to his thoughts on a possible remake or sequel for Kid Icarus: Uprising. The way it all started is also amusing — Sakurai was playing the online game Final Fantasy XI, and a Famitsu editor just happened to run into him. After realizing who he was, the editor and Sakurai got to talking, and the rest was history. Sakurai has since then authored his Famitsu column for close to two decades.