Smash Bros creator questions whether he’ll work on another Smash game

Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai says that Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS could be the final entries in the series he works on. He’s said this since Melee in 2002 so forgive me if I don’t entirely believe him. Personally, if he did leave the series I’d have faith in Nintendo to continue the franchise in top form without him.

Sakurai told Game Informer:

“I can’t positively declare there won’t be [another Smash Bros. game]. With both Melee and Brawl, I made those games with the thought that there wouldn’t be any more sequels. Thus, I really can’t deny the chance for another. However, as for myself, I don’t think there will be.

He would go onto to question whether the scope of Smash Bros games is getting too big to deliver each time for fans:

Our intention [with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U] was to provide extra merits to the game which go far beyond the sale price. In terms of scope, and in terms of sheer number of characters, we went beyond our limits long ago. And yet, if we cut the number of fighters or modes in a future game, I’m sure there would be complaints.

On the subject of someone other than himself heading up the development of another Smash Bros, Sakurai had this to say:

You could say that all the effort in the past to stretch out, keep pushing myself, and provide all these extra merits wound up tightening the noose around my neck in the future. That may seem like it contradicts my personal desire to keep giving gamers as much as I can, but I don’t see any easy answer for it. And yet, despite that, I also have trouble picturing someone else taking my place and providing all this value-added content without me.

Again, I’d be fine with Smash Bros games without Sakurai. Nintendo knows how to instill the wisdom that made one generation of designers great game makers into younger generations. At least so far they’ve shown skill in doing so.