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News: Masahiro Sakurai Shares His Positive Feelings on Producing "Authentic" Super Smash Bros. DLC With a Smaller Team

Masahiro Sakurai Shares His Positive Feelings on Producing "Authentic" Super Smash Bros. DLC With a Smaller Team

"It’s all about making players happy"

It wasn't so long ago that Masahiro Sakurai was musing on his future with Super Smash Bros. and prompting fans to worry, sounding rather worn down and contemplating stepping away from the franchise. It seems that the last few months and a switch up in development - to focusing on DLC - has lightened...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Praises the Achievements of Steam, Isn't Content With Other Download Services

Masahiro Sakurai Praises the Achievements of Steam, Isn't Content With Other Download Services

Not quite Smash ready

In his most recent column in Famitsu Weekly, Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai shared his views on digital services in gaming; his comments suggest that he feels console stores - by extension including the eShop platforms - could learn a lot from PC gaming. Sakurai-san said the following. It's become mandatory that...

Feature: A Celebration of HAL Laboratory - Forever Focused on Fun

A Celebration of HAL Laboratory - Forever Focused on Fun

Kirby, Pokemon, Smash Bros., and Box Boy...

Over the past weekend, on 21st February, HAL Laboratory turned 35 years old. Its rather cute / peculiar logo should be familiar to plenty of Nintendo fans, though due to Nintendo branding being predominant it's easy to overlook just how important the developer has been in not only establishing some of...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Discusses his Thoughts on Virtual Reality

Masahiro Sakurai Discusses his Thoughts on Virtual Reality

"It is very enjoyable"

As you may or may not be aware, Masahiro Sakurai - the director of the Super Smash Bros. series - writes a regular column in the popular video game magazine, Famitsu. Over the past few months, Sakurai-san's articles have been all about Smash in the wake of the highly acclaimed game's launch. In the most recent issue, however,...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Once Again Highlights The Possibility He'll Step Away From Game Development

Masahiro Sakurai Once Again Highlights The Possibility He'll Step Away From Game Development

"I doubt I'll be able to go on making games if it continues like this"

Throughout the course of development for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS series creator Masahiro Sakurai highlighted the demands of producing the titles. With ever-increasing modes and a growing roster, Sakurai-san often used his Famitsu Weekly article to emphasize...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Admits That Super Smash Bros. for Wii U May Be His Last in the Series

Masahiro Sakurai Admits That Super Smash Bros. for Wii U May Be His Last in the Series

Expects the franchise to continue

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is one of the biggest releases of the year, while the 3DS version has also proven to be a critical and commercial success following its October release. Masahiro Sakurai, the driving-force of the series that oversees the projects down to the finest details, has often spoken of the great...

News: Sounds Like Super Smash Bros. Director Masahiro Sakurai Sure Could Use A Break

Sounds Like Super Smash Bros. Director Masahiro Sakurai Sure Could Use A Break

Somebody give this man a medal

Fans of Super Smash Bros. will already know just how much effort series head Masahiro Sakurai puts into developing Nintendo’s all-star franchise, but that hasn't stopped the passionate game maker from talking about how he balances his private life with the full-force development cycle of the Smash series. In his...

News: Sakurai Explains Reasoning Behind Removal Of Ice Climbers From Super Smash Bros.

Sakurai Explains Reasoning Behind Removal Of Ice Climbers From Super Smash Bros.

The 3DS couldn’t handle the pressure

Whilst the soon to be released Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS features one of the greatest character rosters in the history of videogames, veteran fans of the series will no doubt have noticed that a previously regular pair in the cast line-up are now missing from the latest entry. In this week's...