Oculus Rift Oculus VR games Masahiro Sakurai Kid Icarus Uprising

Masahiro Sakurai is responsible for many terrific video games, but for the past few years he’s been pretty much buried in developing Super Smash Bros. titles. However, thanks to a new video from the Did You Know Gaming? YouTube channel (one of the only YT channels I regularly watch), something surprising has been uncovered: Back in April of 2015, Oculus asked Masahiro Sakurai if he would make an Oculus VR game for them.

As the video explains, Sakurai has a great deal of interest in and enthusiasm for VR technology, including the Oculus Rift. So Oculus offered Sakurai a financially lucrative deal that granted him total creative freedom and the ability to make his game from wherever he chose (e.g., Japan). However, Sakurai ultimately declined the offer largely because a game made for Oculus Rift or any VR technology would not be playable by many people, because of VR’s currently low install base. Sakurai likes to make games that everybody can get their hands on, which is understandable.

Check out the full video, and then comment below on what VR project you’d love to see from Sakurai! At the least, I think Kid Icarus: Uprising would be a no-brainer port to VR.


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!


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