Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai says the Nintendo fighting game franchise probably won’t get any bigger than Ultimate. Of course, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is one of the most acclaimed fighting games of all time, known for its numerous guest fighters and crossovers with everything from Kingdom Hearts to Persona to Final Fantasy and more. Sakurai believes that the game gave everything fans wanted so it will be hard to top it in a follow-up title.
In a recent video posted about creating games, Masahiro Sakurai admitted that he’s a little skeptical about the devleopment team creating a new Super Smash Bros. game that outshines Ultimate. According to the director, Ultimate was basically the pinnacle of what fans would’ve wanted out of a Super Smash Bros. title so it would be difficult to move forward with bigger aspirations.
Sakurai says that he can’t say for certain if there will be another Super Smash Bros. game, though the task of trying to one-up Ultimate would be quite challenging:
“As for what comes next for the Smash Bros. series, even I’m not sure. I feel we truly succeeded in making people happy with this game, but now that Smash Bros. has grown to be monstrous in size, I’d say it’s difficult to imagine an increase of this magnitude happening again. Every time, we managed to make a game that I had previously thought impossible, so I can’t say for certain there won’t be another, but I do think it would be difficult to push it any further than we have.”
Nintendo’s future lineup is looking a bit murky at the moment, though the Switch has seen several great titles release in 2023. This includes The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Pikmin 4 and most recently, Super Mario Bros. Wonder. Fans believe that Nintendo might be gearing up to announce new hardware as soon as next year so we’ll have to wait and see what’s in store.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available for Nintendo Switch.