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Platinum's Hideki Kamiya Gives Smash Bros. Fans Both Barrels

Posted by Damien McFerran

Famous designer lets it all out in foul-mouthed Twitter rant

Platinum Games designer Hideki Kamiya is renowned for his classic contributions to the world of video gaming, but one thing he doesn't seem to be famous for is his patience.

He regularly indulges in rants via his Twitter account, and following numerous requests from Super Smash Bros. fans to put characters like Bayonetta and Viewtiful Joe into the next instalment of the game, Kamiya simply couldn't hold onto his anger any longer.

We'll refrain from linking to the tweet in question as it features foul language; needless to say, many people will be wondering if Kamiya kisses his mother with that mouth.

Earlier today we reported that Masahiro Sakurai has stated that footage of the new Smash Bros. game will be included in next week's Nintendo Direct broadcast. We're assuming that Kamiya won't be watching.


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9th_Sage said:

Haha, I don't blame him...people bother him endlessly on Twitter, usually with stupid questions/the same question over and over again.



WingedSnagret said:

Of course it wasn't a wise thing to vent his anger like this, but I can imagine how outright annoying it has to be to get outlandish character requests 24/7.



RevolverLink said:

I'm not sure I'd take it quite to the level Kamiya did, but I'd be pretty annoyed too if people kept endlessly pestering me about a project I'm neither working on nor have any control over.

And I'm pretty sure that Capcom, not Platinum Games, hold the rights to Viewtiful Joe anyway, so I don't know why anyone should be bugging him about that.



DreamyViridi said:

Yeah, I don't blame him either. I've seen many selfish / stupid character suggestions that just make me want to facepalm hard.

He should find a way to take the load off though, ranting on the internet is never good; even worse if a bit of swearing is involved.



TysonOfTime said:

I wouldn't say it's unwise... I mean, this is Kamiya. He's known for these kind of twitter shenanegins. If anything, I'd say it's more unwise to bother him.



AlternateButtons said:

It must be rather annoying and I really don't blame him but he still shouldn't have reacted like this. This was just unprofessional looking. Doesn't really entice gamers to but your games when they're insulted in such a manner.



DreamyViridi said:

Also; 'Both Barrels'? First time I've heard it put that way. I thought he was as mad as a Banana-less Donkey Kong! XD



Mickey said:

@LuigiMan200 I'd give anything to see Hideki Kamiya throwing barrels at the people that are requesting he put characters in Smash Bros. While in a headless Donkey Kong suit so we can see the looks of pure unfettered rage.



Adam said:

If I created characters that people loved so much they wanted to see more of them, I'd be pissed, too.



RevolverLink said:

You would think that the kind of people that would bug Hideki Kamiya on Twitter would also be the kind of people that know what Hideki Kamiya is actually in control of and that he is kind of a loose cannon.

But then again, this is the internet.



MonocledMetroid said:

Although things may very well be different now with the internet's greater presence in the world, I'd like to point out that since Japanese doesn't truly have cussing in the same way as other languages,and thus he may not understand the intensity of what he said due to a lack of communication with native speakers. Kamiya may simply not know how strong the language he's using is considered in English, just like how the people behind the Dragon Ball anime thought the middle finger is the equivalent of sticking one's tongue out, he could've thought what he was saying was the same as going "Bah! Leave me alone!".



GameLord08 said:

He's under a lot of stress right now as E3 is fast approaching, and this is his most important chance to publicise Bayonetta 2 and The Wonderful 101 as efficiently as possible. Even in his tweets, he's frequently mentioned how busy he is trying to organise things. Stress takes its toll at some point, you know.

Sure, it was rather rude, but if you ask me, people ought to just realise when to back the heck off. And not make a media overreaction out of it, at that. All this is juvenile.



Macarony64 said:

I too would have raged if i get spamed by things that have nothing to do with him thats sega and capcom territory.



MegaWatts said:

I think we need to look at this in a professional light; yes, people are annoying and constantly harassing him, but he's a grown man who is publicly known to work for a video game company. Although I'm sure (and hoping) that nothing will come of this, he could have simply ignored the tweets.



parutena said:

I would be mad too. Smash fans are constantly looking for the smallest shred of "evidence" to back-up their ridiculous roster predictions. Seriously one of the most useless things to do, too. And then he gets questions like "how wud u lik it if u wer in smash bros" like really? Are these people 12?

Good job Kamiya imo.



NMH-TRI said:

I say just leave all these people on Twitter alone. If I was him, I'd only post to the Twitter page and ignore all the stupid questions. Just reading them as an outside party irritated me.



AVahne said:

While I think he probably shouldn't have let go of his anger like that on the Internet (and I'm not sure why I think that, probably some Internet courtesy BS that I learned in grade school and had stuck in my head), I think he had every right and reason to get as mad as he did. Actually, I think I would've done the same.
So all you Smash idiots out there, **** off.

And to the people who say he should've ignored all those tweets, consider the possibility that he may have his phone to notify him of tweets. Having Smash idiots constantly badger him and causing his phone to notify him every single time would understandably annoy him to the point that he CAN'T ignore them. And I assume that if he does have his phone set up like that, it's for other important reasons than just reading fan comments.



Einherjar said:

To be honest, some hardcore fanboys of smash can get REALLY annoying, and knowing of this guys hot temper, i wounldnt pester him too much. He answered these question many many times, no wonder he eventually ticked off. Its by no means ok to use such harsch language, but i can understand him to a certain degree



Epicnessofme99 said:

He always posts to check his twitlog about the question before you ask it so I can see why he's angry.



AJWolfTill said:

I could never understand why anyone could possibly come to the decision that "Goku 4 SMSH BRZ!!" is plausible in anyway, if any of the questions were anywhere near as clueless as that then I'm not suprised he flipped out.
I would honestly love for Amaterasu to be in Smash though <3



ShadJV said:

Hahaha! Nice. I really don't blame him, people should leave the poor guy alone. Anyone blows up when pushed far enough. Anyway, he doesn't really have a say in who's in Smash Bros.



19Robb92 said:

I think people might take his "criticism" a bit too hard. He's using foul language very casually so I wouldn't take it too hard if he told me to 'love off'.

He is a bit of a douche, can't argue with that, but people that aren't used to the way he writes might be taking it a bit too hard.



jon45030 said:

ha ha ha haaaaaaahhhh im a nintendo fanboy and i cant wait for the next installment of smash bros but i dont pester people like this!!!!!!!! this is halairiouse no wonder the guy went nuts!!!!!!!!



NImH said:

I can totally understand his frustration as it relates to Smash Bros. To me, that series is a mess. Any serious game designer is an artist in my mind...Therefore, a series like Smash does just that to his art: smashes and mashes it into a jumbled mess. I do not enjoy the series for the same reason I wouldn't enjoy seeing a movie installment where the Avengers defended the Shire in Middle Earth and ate falafels with the Ninja Turtles at the end. It's a mess and fans don't view what he does as his personal art contribution. There are heart strings attached there, I'm sure.



KongFu said:

A bit unprofessional in my opinion. But I would not hang it too high...



Funny_Moblin said:

@NImH Everyone has different points of view, and I respect that. I understand there are people like you who simply do not enjoy the series. But bare in mind that these fans have nostalgic memories of when they played either the original Smash Bros. or Melee. The Gamecube has been my first game console I ever owned when I was 9 years old, with Super Smash Bros. Melee being my first game.

Maybe you wouldn't have the same point of view as we do, simply because you probably didn't grow up with the series. I personally didn't find anything very interesting about Super Mario 64. Why? Because I never played it during my childhood, already having been used to 3D games because I stepped into console gaming in 2002, when the Gamecube just came out.

So please be aware of the great memories the Super Smash Bros. series has brought into our childhood.



Hong said:

I do not like when people expect him to be dishonest on his Twitter account. Good on him.



NMH-TRI said:

@Koto You know what they say about assuming...

Besides, teams that work together within a corporation large or small normally have an office intranet that can be linked to their phone...or Outlook...I really doubt that he uses THAT twitter for anything 'important'. IF he has phone notifications on, he's only stressing himself out because of the traffic that he'd receive. I like that you want to consider the other side of it, but that view just doesn't make sense, imo.

He needs to just ignore the rabbid smash idiots



SCAR said:

I don't blame him. Just leave him alone. I'd be pissed if everyone asked me the same stuff over and over again, too.
He's probably already answered these questions a few times before nicely, and you weren't paying attention. Don't ask an already answered question. It wastes time for you, and the person you're asking.



SCAR said:

BTW, he wasn't aiming this at Smash Bros. fans in general, just the ones that keep asking stupid questions. Wait for the game to come out. They wouldn't even be able to answer this question until E3 at the latest anyway. Use LOGIC.



Kirbybrawl said:

He should just ignore the tweets. Hes making his company look really bad with those tweets. Idc how annoying or repetitive they are.



sonicfan1373 said:

Not very professional of him to rant the way he did, but I would have certainly been annoyed as well if people constantly spammed my twitter about matters that I have little control over.



Zombie_Barioth said:

Its understandable, after all everyone hits a breaking point and has to let off steam eventually but that was still a bit much. Having a short temper or being known for having one is no excuse for blowing up on someone like that, in or out of the work place.

Fan suggestions do tend to get rather annoying, they're more about popularity than what would make sense for the game. Even characters like Snake or Lost Kingdoms' Katia and Tara make more sense than most of the suggestions I've seen.



Funny_Moblin said:

@Rafie Thanks very much, I truly appreciate it. Nostalgia is a strong feeling that is a big part of childhood, in my opinion.



hYdeks said:

I had the displeasure of reading his post on, and yes the comments might be annoying, but these people are your fans, you shouldn't p*$$ them off. He should have simply put "wait till e3, and you get your answer" than ignored the comments dealing with it.

Just because people have a voice with services like Facebook and Twitter, doesn't mean you should always voice them, you could have hurt alot of the fans with that. He's also hard at work doing what he can to bring Bayonetta 2 to us, we should be happy where even getting a sequel, let alone it still being exclusive.



KaiserGX said:

You peeps are too soft. If Reggie tells me to **** off in public after I threw a hamburger at his shirt I am not gonna blame Nintendo or anything. Man Reggie you work at Nintendo, everything you do in and out of work represents the company. You eating pizza with a fork? Nintendo is so unprofessional.



Wheels2050 said:

If only this were a Microsoft or Sony employee, people here wouldn't be giving them a free pass...



BooJoh said:

Being a celebrity, even in the gaming scene, comes with attention. If you're popular enough to have 27,000 followers, then you're obviously going to get a lot of repeat questions. There are a lot of celebrities on Twitter who are as popular or even more, and most of them manage to just ignore it or address it without being offensive to their fans. I know when I direct a tweet at a celebrity I typically don't expect a response, so it's not like ignoring people is going to be worse than telling them off.



NMH-TRI said:

@KaiserGX Exactly. Just because you have a lil spotlight on you doesn't mean that everything that you're connected to SHOULD automatically take heat over your actions.

It's a horrible train of thought, popular, but horrible. Pretty sad to think that the public won't let you be a person after you're a part of something great/popular. I love that so many people associate his actions with professionalism. Sorry...this guy can't be professional/politically correct 24/7 and you shouldn't expect him to. #Deal with it



KaiserGX said:

I don't know how others see celebrities but to me they are just normal people who just happen to be more publicly known. I don't expect them to be perfect dietys that we look up to. All that attention is also very stressful.

He goes to sleep at the end of the day like the rest of us.



DarkNinja9 said:

while i get it that he gets bothers alot he could of taken this situation better like not logging in on twitter for once -_- or saying that he wont say or talk about the subject so they should stop asking him etc makes him look bad if he rants and cusses at everyone to shut up =|



bunnyking said:

lol, why have a twitter account if you can't take the heat. I don't even have facebook cause it's stalkerish.



AugustusOxy said:

You know, there is no rule saying he has to respond. Reading this business ethic makes me kind of hate how much I love Platinum's work. I don't like unprofessional people, even if it is realistic, as a business owner myself, I'd expect no customers if I acted like this.

He is also kind of asking for trolls if he keeps acting like a creep about it.

please stop the profanity. k8smum



Zombie_Barioth said:

@KaiserGX and @NMH-TRI

Nobody said anything about being politically correct 24/7, nor do they blame him for being upset but there are better ways to get your point across than telling someone to "f-off".

Theres a big difference between getting tired of answering your fans' questions and being angry at some guy for throwing food at you by the way. Are you honestly going to tell me you wouldn't be the least bit offended if a celebrity, artist, ect. you really like gave you the finger cause he/she couldn't think of a better way to handle things?



KaiserGX said:

Damn internet. There's always gotta be someone trying to start an argument with you and picking around at your sentences. I just left an opinion.I don't play that game.

I've had my fill with Waltz Elf and Cronos.



NMH-TRI said:


"Listen ladies and gentleman, I must apologize to you for my stating this, but these constant 'smash bros' questions are starting to wear thin. Would all of my followers kindly refrain from any further inquiries related to this? Thank you and have a nice day."

Nope. F-off gets the point across much better and if these people aren't reading previous responses to the SAME questions, why would the above have any impact?

I don't fall over ga ga for 'celebrities' and pester them. If I did, I would expect a curt, colorful response. Would I be offended or hurt, maybe, but someone needs to wake you up to actions that grate on the nerves.

This guy has GOT to be busy with projects right now. Maybe his 'fans' could show a little more consideration and leave him the **** alone. Like I said earlier though, he needs to just ignore all of those questions.



NImH said:

@Funny_Moblin sorry if you felt I was condescending. I understand nostalgia very well... But I do not apologize for my personal opinion or the point I was trying to make about an artist and his art. I recently read a post here where a user tried to justify the fact that he supports hacked games and homebrew for the same reasons you listed for being a Smash fan. He grew up with it and had great memories from those days. I also am a very nostalgic person, but I'm also willing to concede to the fact that some things I grew up with and love are just plain corny. That's me though.



MadAdam81 said:

Some people need to chill on social media, especially professionals. There's no rule that says you have to read everything on it, and as they say, "a simple 'no' would have sufficed."



Zombie_Barioth said:

Whos arguing? I simply responded to your "opinion" that the members here are too soft, your the one taking it the wrong way.

When I said "better way" I didn't mean you have to be all prim and proper about it. News travels fast on the internet especially on sites like Twitter and it makes you look bad when you shoot your mouth off like that, just look at how fast Adam Orth telling people to "deal with it" got around.

He could have simply turned off notifs, ignored them, or simply set his account to private or something. Also, theres such a thing as being too blunt. Dealing with annoying people is a part of life, you can't just go around telling people to f-off or giving them the finger.



KaiserGX said:

@Zombie I ain't talking to you... I saw you mention my name so I got curious. I didn't even read your message past "Nobody said anything about...". I was talking about people in general. I stayed around to defend @NMH. Like I said I ain't here to argue I just posted and left it at that. When I talk to you directly I will put the @ like i did just now. For future reference I ignore most posts people direct at me, because usually they think I am being serious. I mostly post something once and leave or just post something for lolz. I don't hang around here much as I used to. I do reply to question about games though, that people may have. Today I came for Animal Crossing New Leaf though I got sidetracked a bit. That's why I was here around when Injustice was out as I had been heavily researching everything about the game. Sorry if this post is long and off topic. Also it's not personal, please don't think that.



banacheck said:

I love people's response's on here, it's ok to tell one of your fans to eff off, yet if this was someone else not to do with a game coming out on the Wii U, they should be sacked how unprofessional. This is sooo true, just look through past posts...



Araknie said:

Twitter is like Google Hangouts...they just won't stop asking for the same thing, over and over and over and over.
If i don't like a thing i saw i will never change my mind in the future.
If he has said already that Bayonetta is not gonna be in the new smash bros. is useless to ask him like 20000406043060 time.
I kind of dislike core fanbases of some series because they just won't shut up, like in this case.

Why anybody cannot anymore wait and see what a developer has to offer? Why they ask and think all about the possibilities that could be in that game or series of games and then say things like "it's not what i expected".
Well, expect less you fool, you just hype yourself over nothing.



manic221 said:

I'm not surprised i'd have done the same thing the question were endless!

They deserved what they got, leave the man alone wait and see!

(the answers no) Sakurai wants Smash Bro's to stay Nintendo only characters he said Snake and Sonic were cool one offs but he's not even sure they're returning he also said Brawl is probably the maximum number of characters he doesn't think there should be to many more then that.



NMH-TRI said:

@KaiserGX Um, I was agreeing with you, not arguing, but whatever.

@Zombie_Barioth I don't think there's anything wrong with his actions (your opinion won't change mine), but if you read my whole post, the last thing I said was that I think Hideki should just ignore it (having notifications ON for a high traffic account would be ridiculous). No need to drag this out further.



Funny_Moblin said:

@NImH No worries, there's no need to apologize. As I've said, I respect different points of view. I'm not a close-minded fan that is biased either. There are things in the Super Smash Bros. series I will agree and disagree on. Let me tell you, I don't like Smash Bros. fans that keep ranting and asking for characters, that is a bit immature. I don't spend my time thinking about or looking up possible characters. I simply like the series, and deeply enjoy it when the game is in front of me ready to play.

I do agree with you though that video games are art though. I respect that.



KaiserGX said:

@NMH Yeah I know lol. I just said that. I said I stayed around to defend you. That was the end of the sentence. The rest was for Zombie.

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