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Masahiro Sakurai reportedly considering the appeal of an early retirement

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • May 26, 2021 at 7:10 a.m. PDT • Comments: 20

Some details regarding Masahiro Sakurai's next Famitsu Column (expected to drop later this week) has supposedly been leaked by Ryokutya. A translated synopsis of what Sakurai has written has been provided by VGC.

In the upcoming Famitsu Column, Masahiro Sakurai is supposedly thinking about life after game development. Sakurai even mentions how an early retirement could appeal to him.

"Everything must come to an end," said Sakurai. "It's better to stay busy and do my best, as long as I can put up with it."

Sakurai began his career as a game developer when he created Kirby at Hal Laboratory at the age of 19. Being that Sakurai is now 50 years old, this means that Sakurai has been involved with game development for about 31 years at this point.

The Japanese developer would then go on to create the Super Smash Bros. series, which was first released in 1999. Since then, Masahiro Sakurai has overseen the development of every title within the Super Smash Bros. series up to this point.

"Everything must come to an end. It's better to stay busy and do my best, as long as I can put up with it." - Masahiro Sakurai

Though Sakurai is noting the appeal of an early retirement, he also reportedly says that "this doesn’t mean I'll stop working on games" despite also considering ending his Famitsu Column later this year. Notably, Sakurai has had his Famitsu Column going since the early 2000s.

This does seem to imply that Sakurai isn't quite ready to retire just yet, but it might be coming eventually. It's worth mentioning that Sakurai has previously talked about how there might someday be a Smash title in which he isn't involved with.

"So there's always the possibility of another Smash game being released, and it's possible there might be a Smash someday that I'm not involved in," said Sakurai back in 2018.

Sakurai has made huge personal investments into the Super Smash Bros. series. During the development of Super Smash Bros. Melee, Sakurai worked 13 months straight without a day off — an effort that eventually put Sakurai in the hospital.

Though Sakurai has adopted a healthier work schedule since then, he's still been known to keep working while sick by connecting himself with an IV drip.

Considering the success of the Kirby and Super Smash Bros. series, Sakurai could probably retire quite comfortably right now if he really wanted to. Considering all he's done for fans of his series, the man certainly deserves it.

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