Today, Super Smash Bros. series director Masahiro Sakurai is celebrating his 51st birthday – and it looks like he'll be celebrating in style.
After posting his usual Smash Bros. screenshot of the day on Twitter this morning, Sakurai was flooded with 'happy birthday' messages from fans. He took the time to thank everyone for their kind words, before sharing a look at the presents he received from the rest of the Super Smash Bros. team.
The Smash team is clearly made up of a very fine group of people indeed, as an RX-105 XI Gundam suit can be seen within the pile of gifts – something that wouldn't look out of place at Nintendo Life towers.
From all of us here at Nintendo Life, happy birthday and best wishes, Sakurai-san!
Sakurai is 51, and he barely looks 35. Many Happy Returns!
The man does not age! We're so lucky to have him!
Happy Smashing Birthday!
Happy birthday sakurai.
Happy Birthday Masahiro-san. Lucky that he got a HG 1/144 Xi Gundam as a gift. Meanwhile, I'm still looking for one without having to pay overprice.
Hmmm...he did say that he has a figure of every Smash character in his desk....
Masahiro Sakurai probably has a dope as hell friend group if someone actually gave him a Gundam figure for his birthday
Happy Birthday Sakurai-san!
The gunpla is nice, but I bet he's just as happy to get the EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) shoulder relaxer and OA eyeglasses (Office Automation glasses - I presume these are like blue-light blockers) from his colleagues. No doubt they know how much working with computers all day takes it toll on your bod!
As he put it, "Shikaku nashi" - he's good to go now!
51?!? Man doesn't look a day over 25! Happy B'day
@Yomogi It's easy. All you've got to do is create a hit fighting game series for 20 years and tolerate every tweet you make being bombarded by Waluigi memes
....or, you know, buy the Gundam at a ridiculous price.
Whichever option seems more plausible, I guess
It’s funny they should get him an RX-105 XI GUNDAM figure for his 51st birthday, because that just so happens to be an anagram of:
0MG UR 51 - AND I XX
Who’d’ve thought they could hide such an inspiring message in such an innocuous present.
He’s to our man Sakurai. He is 51 - and I kiss him twice.
I love all this praise for him looking young, like it’s some kind of achievement. Are people that afraid of looking old?
OLD NINJA APPROVED
@BloodNinja I look forward to the day I get to look elderly... that way I can do my best to look like a wise old female sage. :3c TBH the elderly looking characters in most anime are usually the most badass, while being really wise.
@BloodNinja And Sakurai-san isn't that young looking. I'd say he looks good for his age, but he still looks older then 45.
Happy Birthday Sakurai
So the last character is from Daemon X Machina...
Happy birthday, Sakurai! You deserve a break after the last DLC fighter. Thanks for everything - especially Smash.
Its official sakurai aint human! Aliens do exist!
Lol how do japanese people stay young.
Look at miyamoto.
I want whatever keeps the dude from aging!
@Natsura Couldn’t agree more! It’s ok to age, let’s all just do it gracefully! LOL
I mean, what choice do we have, really?
AGING NINJA APPROVED
@alecseus He is definitely looking healthy at his age, and I hope he has many more years of health. Not because I bought or play his games, just because everyone deserves a good shot at long life.
Happy Birthday! Hope he still has many years of making great games ahead of him
How on earth he is 51 and looks so young?
I am 48 with grey beard grey hair and a kid called me grandpa the other day ..... What the hell?
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