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Masahiro Sakurai's vacation is already over but his new project may have nothing to do with video games

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • March 14, 2022 at 3:47 p.m. PDT • Comments: 3

Masahiro Sakurai has been working continuously and almost exclusively on Super Smash Bros. titles for over 20 years now, and many fans were hoping to see the celebrated director take a long and deserved break after wrapping Super Smash Bros. Ultimate late last year.

You just can't keep the guy away from his desk for too long, however, as Sakurai recently revealed he's already back to work — but what he's actually working on may not be video game related.

In a statement given to Famitsu for his new 'Most Valuable Creator' award, the Smash Director provided fans a bit of a cryptic teaser of what he's been up to lately.

"I have been away for a while now, but I am working on something," said Sakurai via GoNintendo. "My eyes may be a little tired. You may see me in the near future in a place that has nothing to do with game production. You may or may not be able to see me. I hope to see you again in the future. Thank you very much for your time."

It's ultimately not at all surprising to hear that he didn't immediately jump back into creating a new game, considering Sakurai has previously expressed his uncertainties about continuing the Smash series or staying in the industry in general.

What is more of a head turner though is that he's already (vaguely) discussing the next project he's attached to after writing that we "should probably forget about him for a while" just a few months ago.

As for what Sakurai could be doing now if it is indeed not a video game, it's pretty much a big question mark because game development is all he's really done in his professional career up to this point.

I mean the man created Kirby when he was 19.

This is purely speculation on our part, but our first impression of Sakurai's statement is that he could potentially be consulting for a Kirby film (or series).

It is interesting to note that he specifically says game production and not it has nothing to do with games in general.

With the untitled Mario movie in the works at Universal, it certainly wouldn't be a shock if film studios are pitching Nintendo opportunities for their other major franchises (if they aren't in development already).

Yes, Sakurai hasn't been an official Nintendo employee for nearly 20 years now, they've maintained a very close relationship, and it would make sense a Kirby film would seek his input considering he created the character — especially with Shigeru Miyamoto acting as a producer for the Mario movie.

That prospect would also line up with his statement of maybe or maybe not being able to see him with whether or not a film company and Nintendo would want Sakurai to be a more public face for Kirby again.

Other than that idea though, it's hard to imagine Sakurai doing something other than potentially becoming more of a writer or being something like a business consultant.

No matter which path he's chosen, it's going to be very interesting to see what Sakurai has cooking up next.

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