In his column for this month’s Famitsu magazine, Masahiro Sakurai was quite positive about Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. Spirits surrounding the game are high, and Sakurai was especially happy about the fact that the game was not leaked prior to its surprise reveal during the March 8th Nintendo Direct–the game was such a well-kept secret that many other Nintendo employees did not even know about it. However, amidst the enthusiasm, Sakurai did reveal one small thing that has been nagging at him.
Specifically, Sakurai is worried about “Everyone is here,” the main calling card for Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and what it means for the future of the series. Sakurai said, “I question what we’ll do with the next title, and I feel that having ‘all characters playable’ may have been a Pandora’s Box that could ruin possibilities for what’s next in the series.” However, that is not a problem for today–he went on to say, “However, honestly speaking, I’m not thinking about what’s next!”
Super Smash Brothers Ultimate looms this December, and while the next game in the series will pose a few logistical challenges, Sakurai is more focused on the task at hand: “I’m just working hard on the best possible way to offer maximum satisfaction right now. Truth be told, I’m not getting any younger and I don’t think I’ll be able to keep up with such dense workload forever, but the now is more important than later!”