Sakurai says he’s done too much work himself on Smash Bros., sequel would need smaller roster

Masahiro Sakurai says he worked too much himself too hard on Super Smash Bros future sequel needs smaller roster shrink Verge interview

Masahiro Sakurai has spoken with The Verge about the future of Super Smash Bros, touching upon familiar ideas that he has discussed in the past in Famitsu columns or at Harada’s Bar. Notably, Sakurai explained that if Super Smash Bros were to continue, it would almost inevitably need to feature a smaller roster than Ultimate, and the development team would have to be mindful of how Nintendo fans would react to that.

“I think we’ve reached the limit, at least in terms of volume of content and fighters,” he said. “Basically, if I were to have the opportunity to work on another Super Smash Bros. game, that means we would have to shrink the roster, but we need to think about whether fans would be pleased about that.”

Masahiro Sakurai followed up by lamenting that, to date, he has done too much work on the Super Smash Bros series himself. But it doesn’t sound like he means that in the “I work harder than everyone else” context, but rather in the sense that he wishes the franchise were not so intrinsically linked to his sensibilities. Here’s specifically what he said:

Also, I’ve been doing too much of the work myself, so I’d need to resolve that, too. The current Super Smash Bros. has too much of my personality poured into it. In order for a long-time series to continue thriving today, we need to think about eliminating the series’ dependence on just one person’s vision.

Of course, this is the way it is now because we weren’t successful in splitting the vision between multiple people before. This would be a challenge for the future and something that needs to be discussed with Nintendo, if there were to be a next installment in the Super Smash Bros. series.

However, Sakurai also revealed he currently probably has the most free time right now that he’s ever had since getting into game development, which is pretty awesome and well-deserved. And frankly, if the Super Smash Bros franchise ended here, it would end on a spectacular high note, but a future sequel with Sakurai would still make a lot of fans happy, even if the roster had to shrink considerably.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!