Masahiro Sakurai on Developing Smash Bros. 4: Killing Myself Would be the Coward’s Way Out

Every other week in Famitsu magazine, Smash Bros. and Kirby creator Masahiro Sakurai talks about video game development. This week, he says if there was a different person directing the new Smash Bros., they would have committed suicide by now.thepaininhiseyesNo other game developer has punished himself harder than Masahiro Sakurai. Still play-testing his own creation despite suffering extreme pain from developing calcific tendonitis, Sakurai also revealed that he is always being recorded at work to ensure the accuracy of his demands. He even admits that there is no need to do this, but the tall order of making the new Smash Bros. demands that its director suffer immensely.

“A weaker person would have committed suicide by now, but I’m not weak,” writes Sakurai, “Could you imagine the person who makes Madden or the person who makes Call of Duty trying to create a new Smash Bros.? I laugh at that prospect. Those people live in America where they think they’re being recorded by the government. Big deal, I know I’m being recorded by five separate cameras from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. I’m also fairly confident my house is bugged, but I don’t care because I have nothing to hide.”

“People keep complaining that they want the game to be more like Melee,” continued Sakurai, “Some people made a modification of Brawl and now think that they’re better than me. I dare them to say that to my face. I’ll have a real brawl with them and show them that their little mod means nothing in the grand scheme of things. All they can do is make one of my games more like one of my other games. And when my new game comes out, everyone will stop playing their little project and play with a real game.”

“Don’t even get me started on the fans,” warned Sakurai, “Smash Bros. fans are the most insane, overzealous people you will ever meet in your life. I don’t care for them, yet I will still make the best game possible because if I don’t, I will have let myself down. I don’t make this game for anyone but myself. I’ll admit that the person who can tolerate listening to these people is stronger than me. But if there is a person like that in this world, they should work on something more important than a video game.”

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has commented about these articles comparing Sakurai to Jesus Christ saying that he suffers for Nintendo’s sins. Afterwards, Iwata laughed and then joked that only through his death can the Wii U be saved.

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71 Responses

  1. Covarr says:

    bring back random trips, it’s the only way to have a chance against tourneyfags.

  2. Colter says:

    Blessed be the father thee
    Who died for our fight against DLC
    We pray in his name
    Our lord and savior Masahiro Sakurai

  3. Anthony says:

    Fill Phish could learn a couple things from this man.

  4. Matt says:

    I would just like to thank him for making one of my favorite series, and doing it even if we are whining. I’m not one of those type of fans.

  5. moela says:

    This is one of the most wonderful things I have ever read on the internet

  6. Anonymous says:

    Heck, I’M gonna kill myself if this doesn’t come out soon.

  7. Satoru says:

    Me for Smash Bros. 2014.
    Do it Sakurai or I’ll go into a real brawl with you.

  8. no says:

    A true artist does not care what the crowd says.

  9. Julian Cabrera says:

    This article seems sketchy. Most of these sentences Sakurai is saying sound unprofessional and uncharacteristic of him. As a person who works with Project M. I can say we don’t think we are better than him. We’re just making this mod for fun. No need to call us out. Anyone else feel this article is fake?

    • Anonymous says:

      You’re kidding right? The article is fake. Do you really believe Iwata would liken Sakurai to Jesus Christ? Come on, now.

    • kuriboshoe3728 says:

      Well, the original interview was in Japanese. It’s a notoriously tricky language to translate and different translators can sometimes make the same person sound completely different. The tone may be a bit off, but I’ve compared this to the original untranslated version and you can rest assured that the underlying information is completely accurate.

    • If you are part of the development team of projectM I wanna thank you. sakurai you are jealous because there mod makes smash4 look like trash projectM is a real smashbros game!

  10. Magma M-X says:

    ha Sakurai with all my respect you suck on directing the Smash Bros since you did Brawl, if Melee was the formula of success for Nintendo, why in the hell you destroyed it? learn from the ones who are creating Smash Bros Project M, that’s a true Smash Bros game

    • Wat says:

      The direction for Brawl has been explained so many times already. If you’re STILL on that topic, you are obviously new to the process.

      You sound like people that want to run a business, but never worked before. You know NOTHING of the process. You cannot judge the end result. You are not qualified to.

      Your best option is to, quite simply, STFU in every sense of the expression.

      • kuriboshoe3728 says:

        I’ve run several successful businesses (you may have heard of one of them, we’re big in smartphones and tablets) and I agree with everything Magma M-X wrote.

    • Robyie says:

      would you leave sakurai alone for god sake

    • Anonymous says:

      Bitch you and all the other damn fans wouldn’t have smash bros if he WASNT THERE

    • Anonymous says:

      You, melee and project M sucks retarded and stupid people the first smash, brawl and the new One are the best ;)

      You are noob obviously you are a player that spam AAA in melee to take out all attacks, ir haves a broken engine justo forma doing that, you think you are a great player? O please don’t be retard -.-

    • Exactly learn from them I dont even care about any new smashbros games I look more forward to the new projectM update!

  11. Jack says:

    He can take his smash bros and stick it in his ass, its a game for little kids, Call of Duty and Madden are for 17 year old to adults. Who commits suicide trying to create a game anyways? People commit suicide in prison.

    • Robyie says:

      would you freaking leave sakurai alone you assholes what is wrong with you guys with your fucking complaining like some type of babies you are

    • The only reason why you say its for kids because melee and projectm are very technical games. Call of duty and madden are easy anyone can play those games there made for adults but a 5 year old can play those games there easy you ass would get handed to you if you played melee or projectm dude you just a novice player you are nothing you should stick to easy games like call of duty people like you are novice

  12. Jack says:

    Oh I remember playing smash bros, when I was a little kid! Wow you’d think a parent of a family struggling to get by with a father working his brains out might consider suicide, but God forbid this man commit suicide creating a video game. So lame

    • Frosty says:

      It’s clear to me you don’t know the working conditions in japan.People suicide daily because it’s culturaly accepted.This to you may seem like a dumb video game but its more than that.

      It’s a project that has over a million dollars invested into it with numerous shareholders watching it. Tell me do you think it would be all flowers and rainbows making this?

      Grow up kid, you’re bias has made you completely delusional

    • Robyie says:

      you guys are making him feel like commiting suicide creating a video game you fucking retards

      • Anonymous says:

        for god sake stfu royie nobody has a gun to sakurais head relax

      • Reality Check says:

        Oh my god this article is fucking fake calm the fuck down. I don’t know who’s worse for taking it seriously- “Jack” or “Robbie”.

  13. rine says:

    Looking at the title of the related posts such as “Every time I hear add Geno I delay Smash by another day”, and “Sakurai should just get over his arm pain” as well as the overall tone of this article, it comes across as being read pretty poorly. It’s slacky journalist gossip in a gamer’s corner.

    It’s awefully scathing and with leaned bias, as another commenter pointed out how the depiction of Sakurai through this article did not seem accurate to his persona, or with any respect towards professionalism.

    Really there isn’t much to say: A post bound to be dug under the dirt. If this represents generally the quality of the sort of journalism on this site, soley within this fashion , then it’s just poor and inauthentic.

    PM’s 3.0 update got me excited when I saw it, what was a moment ago for the first time today. I’d just wanted to search in my browser what Sakurai’s thoughts were about his smash series if as well having any on the fan community. I put aside personal opinion for the sake of learning new information, at the same time respecting the opinions of others, in order to sort out as well the most information. I’m glad I’ve read up a few things in earlier dated articles, but this seems to just take what’s already known from previous news and puts it into an altered-exaggerated context, nothing more than to cause bitter scuffles. Insisting there being an element of authenticity, verifying validity with an ambiguous context is simply a self-vindicating arguement.

    Posting this is more for the sake of other readers/future readers. As well, my apologies for a long post, but slacky journal writing for having lack of standards is really something to speak your mind about.

    Happy smashing.

    • Albert Einstein says:

      Guy look at all the headlines. They’ve been proven accurate. Iwata DID punch a Man. Statistics DID show people were more interested in Mario Cambell’s Soup than 3D World, and EA was considering of making Offline Passes.
      Either you’re living under a rock, or you have Dementia.

    • Alex says:

      You realize this entire site is satire. Right? No? Ok.

  14. Mike says:

    What a hard ass man, I’ve never heard a game developer talk about their fans like that lmao I like his style.

  15. Alex says:

    The sad thing is, the second paragraph is not satire.

  16. Michael says:

    What a pompous jackass this guy is. He created Smash Melee without any intention of it being played competitively and it turned out to be one of the greatest accidents ever. He then tried to make a “better” one and it SUCKED. Now, he says that he can’t stand Melee fans, but honestly, Melee fans are the ones who really understand what a good game is. Obviously as the creator, he has lost a sense of what is good and what is not. He should listen to the fans, as other game creators do, because in the end, that is who the game is made for. What idiotic comments he makes. If he makes the new game more like Melee, then we’ll know he did the right thing and is really listening to the fans. Only time will tell.

    • Anonymous says:

      You can’t tell the developer what to do dumbass, it’s his game he can do what ever he wants with it so fuck off and let him to his job you arrogant prick.

    • Jarlix says:

      Oh he understands concepts like hitstun, what facilitates a competitive experience … or in his words a game for maniacs. That’s how he designed Melee. Brawl’s shittiness is not something you can do accidentally or when trying for another result, on the other hand. Hitstun is a default of games, to fine tune it to the point he did where combos are physically impossible is a reflection of oblique intent and wanting to sabotage our fun. This guy used to play Street Fighter II in tournaments, he isn’t dumb, just evil.

      His problem is that he thinks making a game painfully boring for skilled players will somehow satiate casuals and embolden them with the opportunity to win. Nonsense. Casuals lost horrendously at Brawl.

      Plus this article is fake and satire, just saying.

    • Reality Check says:

      Hello, just a random reality check passing through… this is a satirical article.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I respect him and i think them filming him is very crazy he obviously wants to prove himself

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    I’m sorry Sakurai. Now that you confirmed Sheik, Zero Suit Samus, Yoshi, Charizard and Greninja, you’re not so bad after all. Finally you are making it better. But there’s something missing…WHY HAVEN’T YOU CONFIRMED WARIO?! WARIO AND WALUIGI ARE AWESOME AND HOW DARE YOU DECONFIRM WALUIGI AS A PLAYABLE CHARACTER! YOU NOT CONFIRMING THE WARIO BROS AS PLAYABLE CHARACTERS PISSES ME OFF! Y U NO HEAR WHAT I’M SAYIN?!

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  22. anon says:

    “I dare them to say that to my face. I’ll have a real brawl with them and show them that their little mod means nothing in the grand scheme of things.”

    ill fukkin dek u m8 sware on me mum.

  23. Anonymous says:

    This almost got me for a moment. Glad that Sakurai isn’t THAT heartless, even if he does refuse to make the game we really want. There really needs to be some notice that this isn’t real. (Or is extremely exaggerated, cobbled together pseudo-journalism.) But I think its just fake. Sorry, haven’t been here before.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Masahiro sakurai has enough and he should retire and the reason why is because he already made the best game ever and that game is super smash bros on wii u not on 3ds

  25. Anonymous says:

    Has done enough and also I do not suck at melee the piece of shit ai made me lose a lot of times and one more thing I actually like melee I just have a vendetta with the game racist

  26. Anonymous says:

    Yes finally

  27. Anonymous says:

    Thank god

  28. Anonymous says:

    Sakurai u r racist to waluigi for not making him be playable

  29. These Japanese guys are so epic they fire up my dedication to this game and my desire to improve at this and everything I do more than ever before.
    It also gives me some insight into the insanity that is involved in For Glory and competitive smash and why those guys are so ridiculously powerful that it is quite uncommon for me to beat them although I am improving and will continue to improve more than ever because I am planning an iron grip on my dedication

  30. Anonymous says:

    Why do people even fight over which is better? It’s just meant to have fun and play but people keep taking it to a whole new level. I think all the games are great and we are even lucky to have them in the first place. And we don’t need to start hearing arguments on which is better because chill people, it’s just a game and we don’t need jerks bad mouthing people all the time. that includes Mr. Sakurai. Unlike some ignorant, incompetent, imbecilic fools, i appreciate all the games that Mr. Sakurai has made.