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Sakurai always prioritizes Super Smash Bros. game requests by Nintendo, but suspects we'd be fine waiting about 10 years 'until the next one'

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate came about because Nintendo asked Sakurai to make a Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo Switch

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • December 13, 2018 at 3:15 p.m. PST • Comments: 23

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has launched with a massive amount of content. 74 characters, 103 stages, a Classic Mode that offers unique experiences for every fighter, the World of Light Adventure mode, and many more additions.

Many have theorized that this could be the final Super Smash Bros. game in the series due to the climatic feel of the latest entry. Even Masahiro Sakurai has stated that he may have put himself in a corner with the theme that "everyone is here" since sequels need to offer something more than the predecessors.

Cliff notes for an interview with Masahiro Sakurai was provided by Source Gaming. Sakurai stated that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate came about because Nintendo asked him to create a new Smash Bros. title for the Nintendo Switch. This means that Sakurai had the opportunity to see the Switch during early development.

Apparently Sakurai will always prioritize the Super Smash Bros. series if Nintendo wants him to continue it. Having said that, he revealed an unsureness that he'll be able to do that forever.

Considering everything contained within the game and the upcoming post launch content, Masahiro Sakurai thinks that "we’d be fine waiting about 10 years until the next one." This was followed up by a laugh so it could be a joke.

More than likely, Nintendo will probably want a new Smash Bros. title when development on the next console hardware begins. Seeing as how Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has already sold 1.2 million units in Japan alone within the first three days, Nintendo might be incentivized to see the series continue some day.

Even Sakurai is unsure of how he'd top the "everyone is here" theme since it's likely that this will be a one time thing. Sakurai is clearly thankful to the owners of each intellectual property featured for letting the development team use their characters.

Due to the difficulty in developing the series, Sakurai states that there's no guarantee there will be another one.

It's certainly nice to know that it isn't an impossibility at the very least. In the meantime, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is likely going to keep us occupied for many years.

There's plenty of other topics covered in Source Gaming's cliff notes such as the design decisions behind World of Light, why the Piranha Plant was ultimately chosen in a game filled with heroes and major villains, and how the many newcomers were designed.

Also, be sure to check out our review of the game if you haven't already.

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