Nintendo just announced Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo Switch, and we were obviously left with a ton of questions. However, one of our biggest questions—whether series creator Masahiro Sakurai would be returning to work on the next iteration—has been answered.
Despite creating one of Nintendo’s most successful and beloved series, we weren’t sure if Sakurai was going to be on board for another Smash Bros. title due to previous comments the developer made about leaving the franchise behind. Basically, Smash Bros. was destroying Sakurai’s ability to have a personal life due to how much time and energy went into making every iteration of the series, and he wasn’t sure if there was any more he could do with the series.
Thankfully, Sakurai seems to have had a change of heart, as he recently revealed on Twitter that not only will he be working on the next Smash Bros. title, but he’s well into development.
— 桜井 政博 (@Sora_Sakurai) March 8, 2018
This tweet doesn’t necessarily confirm that Sakurai is directing the next Smash Bros. title, just that he’s working on it, but it does sound like he’s been at it a while now. Regardless, longtime fans should take any involvement from Sakurai as good news.
We know next to nothing about Super Smash Bros. for the Switch, other than that it’s launching sometime in 2018 and will feature Inklings, Mario, and Link (no duh). One of the biggest questions that remains is whether it will be a true sequel or an expanded “deluxe” version of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Sakurai has previously bemoaned the lack of innovation in long-running titles, so it will be interesting to see how the Switch version of Super Smash Bros. will set itself apart from its predecessors when it launches this year.