Masahiro Sakurai talks about the future of Smash Bros. and possibilities for a new game

Masahiro Sakurai Talks about the future of Super Smash Bros and possibilities for a new game

Masahiro Sakurai has been writing his Famitsu columns since 2003, and it has finally come to an end in this week’s issue. In his final Famitsu column, Masahiro Sakurai talked about the future of the Super Smash Bros series and the possibilities for a new game.

Below are highlights from Masahiro Sakurai’s column about the future of the Super Smash Bros series and the prospect of a new game:

Q: Will it be possible for you to make the next game?
  • “That would be impossible! Impossible, impossible!” [Jokingly]
  • “I haven’t thought about the next game. I actually never think about it [the next Smash Bros games]. However, I can’t say with certainty that this was the end of Smash Bros.”
  • “I must think about whether we release a new Smash Bros game or not, even if it means disappointing the players.”
  • “At the moment, I don’t see a path in which we can produce a Smash Bros game without me.”
  • “To be honest, we actually tried letting someone else handle it, but it didn’t work out that great.”
  • “If the series were to continue, then I would need to have discussions with Nintendo to see whether it would succeed or not, and it’s something we would have to think about seriously.”

To summarize, Masahiro Sakurai doesn’t rule out a new Super Smash Bros game in the future, but if it were to happen, he and Nintendo would need to give it some thought. He hasn’t found a successor to lead the development of the series, so until that happens, he’ll likely be the one to helm the next game.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate is available for Nintendo Switch. Check our previous report for quotes from Sakurai’s previous column, in which he talked about how he met a Disney rep to help make Sora in Smash Bros a possibility.