Masahiro Sakurai, creator of games like Kirby and Super Smash Bros., has revealed its next big project: a YouTube channel. Game folk hero teases that he is working on something new early this weekand now you can destroy that like button and subscribe to his new channel, Masahiro Sakurai on Making Games.
As of this writing, there are three videos: that one all about channelone cover what game Sakurai has worked (like one of the greats of DS, meteor), and one more dive into how to use pause in game for certain effects (like the “press stop” moments you might see on Destroy when landing a punch).
Sakurai, of course, is no stranger to appearing in videos; he has become the main at Nintendo Super Smash Bros. Master of Ceremony over the years, and consistently find ways to make the smallest details about new fighters incredibly interesting. Now that he’s done with that giant project Super Smash Bros Ultimateit may come as no surprise that he’s switched to a new video series on YouTube.
Sakurai says we shouldn’t expect him to start streaming (unfortunately) — instead, the videos will focus on “topics like game development and what makes games fun,” he said in his “About This Channel” video. He aims to make short videos, between two and five minutes.
He was already teasing that he would be able to show it Destroy Bros. development and design documents he’s written, so it looks like we’ll be getting some behind-the-scenes footage that’s rare in a big Nintendo game. Although Sakurai ran the video by Nintendo, saying that the company was “not involved in this channel” and that the series was his personal project. He doesn’t plan to include ads in his videos.
Unfortunately, Sakurai also had to prepare for potential problems that other YouTubers had to watch out for. He said that if rights holders were not happy with the footage he included in his video, “I will do what I can to fix it.” He also expressed concern that because he uploaded separate versions of each video in Japanese and English, it could collide with YouTube’s duplicate content policy and cause the video to be deleted.
But as you’d expect with any YouTuber trying to launch a new series, Sakurai concludes about the video by asking viewers to hit the subscribe button. While he admits that it’s “a thing I really want to ask on YouTube,” he said he won’t be asking again in future videos.
Own? I can’t hit the subscribe button fast enough. I even turned on the notification bell. The videos he’s released so far are fantastic; I’ve never consciously thought about hit stops before, but now, I’ll look for them in every game I play.
After Finali am satisfied with never ask Sakurai for anything again. Now, I can’t wait for the next video to be released.