Sakurai Admits to Planning About Retirement

Sakurai Admits to Planning About Retirement

Boston Wu, Senior

Earlier this week, Tekken Producer Katsuhiro Harada sat down with Nintendo’s legendary Masahiro Sakurai himself, the director of the Super Smash Bros. series. As usual, the discussion of game design was what interested fans the most.

Sakurai expressed a strong sense of weariness over the process, stating he could not count the number of times he has considered retirement, and that playing video games is much more fun than making them. On the website Nintendo Wire, Sakurai admits that the process is tedious: “Even if you work really hard on making [a game], sometimes you get picked on, things don’t go well, and there are many setbacks that can happen.” Alongside these obstacles, the stress is said to shorten your lifespan.

Although Sakurai has blessed fans with a legendary franchise that has sold millions over the course of 22 years, fans continue to demand even more from him— it has gone to the point where Sakurai even had to deal with numerous health issues such as Calcific tendonitis, “… several ruptures in the muscles” of his right arm, and chronic pain in one of his elbow joints as he worked on developing Super Smash Bros. for the WiiU. 

Despite all these negative aspects and excruciatingly painful challenges, Sakurai has no plans on retiring in the near future, informing fans that he will continue working with Nintendo until he can’t anymore. According to Sakurai, he strongly believes that “if you can still do what you’re good at and if there’s demand, you can just do it,” and that you can only quit when your heart is broken, resulting in a loss of passion and motivation.

Sakurai has devoted so much of himself to his game franchise that his fanbase that is constantly demanding more and more with each update— if anything, the only thing fans should demand of him is to live a longer, happier, and healthier life.