Masahiro Sakurai Confirms He Can No Longer Use Left Hand After Playing Kid Icarus: Uprising For Months
After months of speculation, Kid Icarus: Uprising director and Kirby creator Masahiro Sakurai has confirmed he can no longer use his left hand after extensive playing of his game, Kid Icarus: Uprising.
The controls in Kid Icarus: Uprising have been criticized for inducing carpal-tunnel syndrome and for including a stand to play a game that should be handheld. Sakurai writes in this week’s Famitsu about how the loss of his left hand has affected his daily life.
“Life goes on,” he begins, “It’s just one hand. It’s not even my dominant one. Life really hasn’t changed for me. It may be more inconvenient, but I don’t regret creating and playing Kid Icarus: Uprising.”
“People begged me to make the controls easier,” he continues in regards to the game, “There were many focus groups who told me that they would not play the game because of the supposed awful controls. Those who were left-handed also complained heavily about how controls favored right-handed people. I put in alternate control schemes but the best way to play would always be the default. And of course, that is how I would play.”
“This will not delay Super Smash Bros. 4,” he writes at the end of the article, “I kind of hated left-handed people anyway.” The last comment most likely is a shot at Shigeru Miyamoto, famed Nintendo game designer, who is ambidextrous but prefers his left hand.
Nintendo declined to comment on this story. There are reports of a class-action lawsuit being formed by gamers who have also sustained permanent damage to their hands while playing Kid Icarus: Uprising. Over one thousand people have joined the lawsuit.