Masahiro Sakurai Working Remotely

With parts of Japan set to be declared a state of emergency, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai has revealed he is now supervising the Fighter Pass 2 remotely in a tweet that reads: “I am now working remotely. Essentially, I’m supervising the project from a distance. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a very high-security project, which makes it difficult to take it out (and work). However, we have no choice, but to do it. Everyone, let’s do our best to get through this!!” Purchase the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighter Pass 2 at this link. [Thanks, PushDustIn]

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Sakurai Asked About Kirby Air Ride Sequel

From his latest column inside Weekly Famitsu magazine: Masahiro Sakurai is asked whether he will make a sequel to the GameCube game Kirby Air Ride. Sakurai answers: “Many great games have sequels, and knowing when to release sequels takes some know-how regarding games’ maturities. It’s difficult to deliver on the images that people have in mind for sequels.” Buy Weekly Famitsu here (use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off all physical orders above $20). [Thanks, Nokolo]

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Masahiro Sakurai Shares Health Concerns

From his latest column inside Weekly Famitsu magazine: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai says that he recently passed out at the gym due to being fatigued and dehydrated, which is something he says he has to fix. Sakurai says he’s been on a low carbohydrate diet, and eating lots of meat. Buy Weekly Famitsu here (use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off all physical orders above $20). [Thanks, PushDustIn]

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Sakurai Worked On a New Smash Fighter Today!

At today’s Famitsu Super Smash Bros. Ultimate corporate tournament, Masahiro Sakurai told the crowd: “Today I also made things in the company, such as a fighter whom hasn’t been known by everybody yet. And I came here after the work has ended.” Thanks to BlackKite for the translation and Naruki for the clip (posted below). Please note that the image isn’t supposed to infer that Spring Man will be added to the game.

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Sakurai Talks SSBU Surpassing SFII

Masahiro Sakurai’s 592nd column in this week’s issue (No.1616) of Weekly Famitsu magazine sees the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director talk about the game surpassing Street Fighter II to become the best-selling fighting game. Sakurai says that Smash is considered an action game in Japan. Even though it has suprassed SFII in sales, he still considers Capcom’s classic to be the king of fighting games still. Sakurai says a fighting game may become stale once mastered, hence why the series is designed closer to a party game. More details are found at this thread. Translation thanks to Robert Sephazon.

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