Today's Smash Bros. Ultimate presentation didn't just show us which ARMS character is coming to the game – it also gave us a nice glimpse at Masahiro Sakurai's utterly amazing home gaming setup.
Back in 2019, Sakurai spoke about his incredible console collection and dual-screen gaming rig in his regular Famitsu column, and mentioned that he has 60 different controllers, 4 Switch consoles and 6 PS4 and PS3 consoles – and that he unsurprisingly finds it difficult to manage all of that hardware.
Since 2019, the situation doesn't seem to have improved. It seems that he's added even more consoles to the mix, such as a bunch of micro-consoles which includes a shiny new PC Engine Mini.
Amazingly, that's just his 'main' setup – he has a second home which is closer to work and that also has two TV sets and a bunch of other consoles. He uses the setup shown above during the weekends when he's at his main house.
Some people get all the luck, right?
Funnily enough, the Nintendo UK version of the presentation on Twitch had a closer look at the individual consoles.
The North American presentation on YouTube only had a panning view of his two TV set-up.
I couldn't cope with having 2 screens of different sizes! It annoys me enough that the bezel on one of my monitors is thicker than the other. 😂
There's no GameCube which can only mean one thing: The GameCube is in his office because he's using it to play the original Kirby Air Ride so he can compare it to the sequel he's working on/overseeing.
Yes I am more insane than Smash fans, why do you ask?
Poor Xbox. Dude has 100 consoles and not a single American one.
PlayStation does what NintenDONT! Even Sakurai San knows
@Papichulo Sakurai is an independent worker. He doesn't work for Nintendo. He could make a Playstation game tomorrow.
@mesome713 He at least had a 360 when he played Bayonetta 1.
He has an Xbox One. It's right under the TV on the bottom cabinet.
Poor Sakurai in his lavish upscale home with 2 70-inch flat screens side by side. He probably has sneaker and collared shirt collections that have their very own rooms upstairs.
Well, after making some of my best memories from his games, this seems well deserved. Glad he is able to live very comfortably.
That isn't luck. He deserves every last bit of that collection
@mesome713 There's an Xbox One X below what I assume is his set-top box, or on the right of his Switch and Wii U.
I think the bigger question would be "why does he even have an Xbox One X?"
The man just doesn’t age! Is he The God of Eternal Youth?!
@veeflames Only way for actual 4K gaming. PS4 Pro is 2K+-ish.
Damn. OG PS3 and then Super Slim, but not the better regular Slim. He also has a regular PS4 and PS4 Pro which is really odd to have them both out at the same time. He then has all the "mini-consoles" to far right including the awful PS1 one.
@mesome713 if you look closely that picture contains a Xbox One X.
@veeflames if you don't have a gaming PC then it is handy for Microsoft exclusive games.
I wanna see the wires at the back.
@Rayquaza2510 @ivory_soul Haha, I was actually joking since the Xbox isn't too popular in Japan. I definitely should have made that clearer
And he's got 6 Mini Consoles: Famicom Mini, Super Famicom Mini, SNES Classic Edition, PC Engine Mini, Genesis Mini (Or is it the Mega Drive Mini?), and PlayStation Mini.
@backup368 well, he has worked his ass off to get where he is. Why the shade?
I don't normally do friend-making, but I have officially made Sakurai-san No.1 on my friends target list.
@mystman12 I'd totally be down for a Kirby Air Ride sequel.
@ZeldaFanboy78 Either he's got top tier cord game, or it's an unmitigated disaster.
@Raccoonius Can't be any more denser than that cord setup in Goofy's "How to Hook Up Your Home Theater!" Where Goofy had to chainsaw the excess.
WOAH! Parties at his place must be a blast. If he truly let's his friends and guests touch his stuff.
But can it fit a PS5?
I can only imagine how interesting his account setup with his Switches can get lol.
He has an absolutely awesome console setup there. Also a lot of classic consoles, which is really cool.
Where’s his backlog? Because it has to be huge.
This presentation had a very nice, wholesome feel to it.
His PS5 is at his office next to his GameCube with a copy of Kirby's Air Ride. He full intends on doing a collaboration with Sony for Kirby's Air ride 2 for PS5
I worry about the amount of air those consoles get.
@ivory_soul PS1 classic is amazing for $20. Easy to hack and more powerful than the SNES classic.
A lot of people got their money through luck or circumstances. Sakura worked his butt off for his. I don’t begrudge him a penny of his wealth or toys.
@gcunit you should see if you can get Kamiya to friend you
@LEGEND_MARIOID that's what the guest TV is for.
in the video he mentioned he usually uses his 2nd tv so he can watch TV while gaming, but that he also uses it for multiplayer so both he and his guest can have their own screen.
The Japan expert commenters on this site had led me to believe that the Japanese only live in shoeboxes and thus only play games on handhelds.
Nice setup he has, although two different TVs next to each other would drive me insane.
Curious what is above the Xbox. Is that just a surround sound receiver?
@beazlen1 stay thin and keep your hair dark. It worked for Keanu & Cruise.
@Octane That's what he got the second home for - it was too big to transport all the way to his other place, let alone fit it inside.
@veeflames Cause it's the only modern console where you can play Banjo games!
Having two giant screens side by side seems excessive, but I wouldn't call it "insane". Honestly, based on the headline, I was expecting something more elaborate.
I'm most amazed at how CLEAN that table is.
I don't see a Saturn or a Dreamcast... Lame. Lol.
@mesome713 Isn't that an Xbox One in the bottom compartment to the right of the Switch?
@Grot From what I know of Japan, with its extremely limited space, you've got to be doing pretty well for yourself to have a place as large as Sakurai's seems to be, and apparently he has a second residence as well.
@Grot I must admit, the revelation that all Japanese people are in fact wildly successful video game developers with more televisions than grey hairs was probably the biggest take-away from this review trailer for me too.
@BAN Sounds like any other major city in the world. My comment was tongue in cheek, though. Just a little jab at the folks who always claim that Japanese folks don’t have room for TVs and consoles when sales numbers say otherwise.
As far as I can tell his setup is as follows:
Top Shelf: DVR? / PS4 Pro / PS4 / Famicom mini / Super Famicom Mini / SNES Mini
Bottom Shelf: Switch / Wii U?/ Xbox One X / ? / PS3 / PC Engine mini / SEGA Genesis mini / Playstation Classic
That's a pretty awesome set up. But where are all his controllers? I don't see anything for him to store them in. Does he have to go into the closet every time to grab the right one? XD
As much as I love his work, the man has garbage tastes. First fire emblem, now a gaming rig with what appears to be just one sega system.... dis-gus-tang
@AugustusOxy I too was disgusted he had a Sega system
@Grot Yeah I mean I didn’t think it was a super serious question, I just think it’s an interesting topic. And yeah a lot of major cities are really cramped. But I think Japan probably has it worse than a good number of them. It’s a country of over 126 million people living on a relatively tiny island, so needless to say there’s not a ton of land, and I think it’s like that throughout most of the country.
@ivory_soul I strongly prefer the Super Slim PS3 to the other Slim PS3. It looks great in person and takes up way less space. When I think of the PS3, the Super Slim model is the one I think of.
Also 4K gaming on PC is a thing, better than on XB1X. Totally getting an XSX at launch, though.
I noticed that his Mega Drive was running a copy of Space Harrier 2. That is sign of the truest quality.
Imagine having to distinguish which is your "main house"
@Nico07 I thought there was another ps3 mirroring the old phat silver (Possibly CECH-C for ultimate backwards compatibility) one. It's a slim model, I think. Would make sense for LAN games on 2 different screens, I used to do the same thing when I was with my ex. I'm assuming he also does that with the 2 ps4s, with the guest not getting the pro model haha
@mesome713 there's a X1 in the picture
@Facelord My wife used to have a super slim and it don't like the ridges on top. It's actually quite ugly and feels super cheap over the slim. It's also about the same size if you put them next to each other.
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