It’s been confirmed that Masahiro Sakurai, creator of the highly successful Smash Bros series and all-round good egg, has founded his own ‘spin-off’ studio in the shape of Project Sora.

The new studio – in which Nintendo has a 72 percent share – has been formed out of Sakurai’s other interest, Nintendo first-party developer Sora Ltd. It currently boasts 30 employees and is on the lookout for "talented individuals" to join the ranks.

The fledgling firm is currently beavering away on a new game, but fans of Smash Bros might be disappointed to learn that it doesn’t involve famous Nintendo characters smacking the crap out of each other. "It's not Smash Bros. I asked for,” comments Nintendo bigwig Satoru Iwata. Sakurai himself has commented: "I can promise an experience that's different from anything [you've played] up until now."

Count us excited! You can check out the Project Sora homepage here, but it’s in Japanese, obviously.