Please, For The Love Of God, Let Masahiro Sakurai Rest

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Please, For The Love Of God, Let Masahiro Sakurai Rest
Video game uncle is tired. (Screenshot: Nintendo)

So…Steve in Smash Bros. Ultimate, huh? Great. I have no dog in this Smash Bros. fight — while I don’t hate that Steve was announced, I was personally hoping for Overwatch hero Tracer, especially after this cryptic tweet from the Overwatch League a few days ago. Whatever your thoughts are on Steve, what I truly hope is that game director Masahiro Sakurai gets some rest.

It seems like every time we see Sakurai after one of these character announcements or in a Nintendo Direct he gets more tired. There’s the November 2018 Nintendo Direct, in which Sakurai, after staring at the camera for a few uncomfortable seconds of silence as his tired gaze pierces the soul, wonders aloud if he’ll ever get to take a break. During today’s announcement he had some words about what it took to add Minecraft’s Steve to the game. “They make it sound easy,” he says, speaking of Nintendo execs badgering him about which characters to add. “I guess they think this all happens by magic or something.[…] The wizardry required to make it work in this game. It’s impossible!”

Screenshot: Nintendo, Fair Use

Screenshot: Nintendo, Fair Use

A cry for help.

Screenshot: Nintendo, Fair Use

Screenshot: Nintendo, Fair Use

Screenshot: Nintendo, Fair Use

Screenshot: Nintendo, Fair Use

Screenshot: Nintendo, Fair Use

Screenshot: Nintendo, Fair Use

Screenshot: Nintendo, Fair Use

Screenshot: Nintendo, Fair Use

Look at his eyes. These are eyes screaming for help, for just a moment’s respite. He, like the rest of us, is just so over everything. What a 2020 mood. This is a man who is absolutely, 100%, TIREDT of our shit. And, honestly, I can’t blame him.

Thank you for all you’ve done, Mr. Sakurai. Here’s to you finally getting that break you deserve.

Comments

  • The next Smash is going to have a rabid fan base complaining about all the missing fighters. There is no way the next one will top Ultimate.

  • Break, Rest… seriously. He is a Japanese white collar worker, a star performer for a high profile Japanese company producing a AAA game title synonymous to him, in one of the most explotative industries in Western culture.

    And that’s without factoring fans and expectations of consumers.

  • Steve from Mojang’s Minecraft as our next DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?
    No absolutely not I think the next DLC fighter instead of Steve from Minecraft should be Crash Bandicoot as I’m still waiting for Activision Toys for Bob and Beenox to bring us Crash Bandicoot 4 It’s About Time to the Nintendo Switch hopefully next year.
    Spyro the Dragon Dante from CAPCOM’s Devil May Cry franchise or Sora from the Kingdom Hearts franchise even though we’re getting Disney and Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory on the Nintendo Switch next month.
    But Steve from Minecraft as our next DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros Ultimate no absolutely not.
    Also give Sakurai-san a break he needs to rest you know.

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