For fans of the Nintendo Switch system, the name Masahiro Sakurai is probably no stranger throughout the years when he is the creator and director of the successful Super series. Smash Bros, Kirby. Under the ingenious hands of Sakurai, Super Smash Bros has even become one of the most influential and popular games at the moment. However, just recently, Masahiro Sakurai surprised many people when he announced his early retirement, stopping all activities related to directing and producing games.
Specifically, Sakurai confirmed that he was retired in a recent interview. Sharing with the gaming community, this talented director admits that he is 52 years old, and took up to 9 years to develop and complete Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS and Wii Ultimate systems. This is too much, and if she continues to make games full-time as before, Sakurai fears that she won’t have so much time left to herself. In fact, this was also implied by Sakurai after completing the character Sora in the final DLC of Super Smash Bros Ultimate, when he suggested that he would consider future plans, including retirement.
In addition, there is also another reason why Sakurai decided to retire early. As he shared, he himself found that while he was getting older, the game industry continued to develop and if he wanted to go down this path, it would take him quite a bit more time. Meanwhile, outside there are still a lot of young and talented game developers in this field. Not to mention, Sakurai also admitted that she thought a lot about creating another version of Super Smash Bros, when she was concerned that it might disappoint players if it wasn’t more perfect than previous versions. .
Currently, Sakurai is receiving countless gratitude and thanks from the gaming community around the world. He is enjoying a relaxing life, having free time on weekends and still regularly sharing game design tips and tutorials on his newly created YouTube channel.