Now that the final DLC character is available, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate boss Masahiro Sakurai is unsure if he’ll make another Smash Bros., as revealed in a new interview.
The news that Sakurai is unsure if he’ll make another Smash Bros. comes via a new interview with Famitsu (via ryokutya2089), where the boss was asked the biggest question: will he continue the Smash Bros. series?
“It’s impossible! No, no, no!” Sakurai exclaimed in a half-joking manner. The Smash Bros. director then elaborated a bit on where he stands with the series that has essentially become his life’s work.
“I’m not thinking about a sequel,” he said. “I don’t think about sequels, not every time. But I can’t say that this is the last Smash Bros. game.”
Sakurai went on to talk about how they can continue on the series, its fanbase, and the massive expectations now established by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
“We need to think about whether we should release Smash Bros. at the cost of disappointing the users,” Sakurai said.
He added, “I can’t see any way to produce Smash Bros. without me at the moment.”
Sakurai is currently 51 years old, he started his pedigree in gaming way back in 1992 with the original Kirby’s Dream Land. He later went on to direct every Smash Bros. game since the 1999 original.
“To be honest, I’d like to leave it to someone else, and I’ve actually tried that, but it hasn’t worked out,” Sakurai said.
He closed up the discussion of the future of Smash Bros. with a clear message to Nintendo that they need to sit down and talk how the franchise can be continued.
“If we’re going to continue the series, Nintendo and I need to communicate and discuss how we can make it successful, and that’s an issue we need to seriously consider,” he said.
Lastly, it’s worth noting this issue of Famitsu is the last where Sakurai has his long-running column, where he has discussed his latest works, games he plays, and more since the early 2000s.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now for Nintendo Switch. In case you missed it, you can find our review here (we highly recommend it!)