Masahiro Sakurai


Masahiro Sakurai , whose Japanese name is written 桜 井 政 博, was born on August 3, 1970. He is a leading  Japanese developer , creator, writer, video game director , designer, and voice actor. His most notable creations as a game developer include the Kirby and Super Smash Bros. series, both series created and developed in his position with the famous Hal Lab , a subsidiary of the Nintendo Company . He continued his work on the Super Smash Bros. series under Sora Ltd., a company he formed after his departure from Hal Lab in 2003.

  • When was he born: 08/03/1970
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Profession: Videogame designer and director

Who is Masahiro Sakurai?

He is a famous and important Japanese video game developer , writer, director and designer who founded the important and renowned games known as Kirby and Super Smash Bros , both created in his Hal laboratory, a subsidiary of the Nintendo company.

  • Biography of Masahiro Sakurai
  • Masahiro Sakurai’s Style
  • Acknowledgments
  • Featured Video Games by Masahiro Sakurai

Biography of Masahiro Sakurai

One of the first experiences that Sakurai had in the video game industry began when he worked for HAL Laboratories , Inc. It was here that he created the character Kirby , when he was just 19 years old, and after this, he would find himself directing his first title, Kirby’s Dream Land , in Spanish, Kirby’s dream land . Sakurai had first thought about the concept of Super Smash Bros , around the year 1998; his original idea consisted of a fighting game with different techniques that the standard fighters had to use. The game that was known as Dragon King: The Fighting Game , was intended to be released inNintendo 64 .  However, Sakurai decided that introducing moreNintendo characters would give the game amore suitable atmosphere than it had previously. The final product, Super Smash Bros ., Became a success unexpected, and eventually became one of Nintendo 64 games over sold level worldwide . He also worked with Q Entertainment alongside Tetsuya Mizuguchi and together they created Meteos in 2005, a unique puzzle gamefor the Nintendo DS brand .  During the launch ofOn Nintendo GameCube , Sakurai was appointed as head of production for the development of Super Smash Bros., from HAL Laboratory. Later, on September 30, 2005 , Sakurai announced that she had formed her own company, which she named Sora . Sakurai’s wife, Michiko Sakurai, has worked at the interface graphical user their games as Kirby Air Ride, Meteos and the series Super Smash Bros.


Masahiro Sakurai’s Style

His style was based on making a game completely different from all the others; not with the combat-based combo, and with the simultaneous four-player gameplay and for this reason his style included various characters from various Nintendo franchises . His style is also based on the amount of objects , rewards , scenarios and characters that his games have, he has a large number of bonuses and skillsin their characters. Use the multiplayer mode to obtain more levels, managing to capture the interest of the player while trying to make new discoveries and try new elements. Look for a way for the player to adapt to their abilities to overcome different types of situations that arise unexpectedly. It carries out processes in which it assembles and disassembles the structure of an existing traditional game, seeking to find the core of fun and then, based on this, form a new product with more fun and different from the conventional. In some of his games he gives a greater focus on speed and reflex rather than concentration that a player should have.


The Minister of Commerce and Economy recognized him for his contributions to the gaming industry . The award was decided by vote, and was presented to Sakurai by the cabinet minister himself. Other accolades earned by Sakurai have been:

  • Excellence Award: Japan Game Awards 2008, Super Smash Brothers.
  • Excellence Award: Japan Game Awards 2012, Kid Icarus.
  • Excellence Award: 2008 FAMITSU AWARDS , Super Smash Brothers.
  • Excellence Award: FAMITSU AWARDS 2014, Super Smash Brothers for Wii U
  • Excellence Award: FAMITSU AWARDS 2014, Super Smash Brothers for 3DS

The 3DS and Wii U versions of their games received awards for excellence , while Smash Brothers combined for Wii U and 3DS received the Japanese World Project award . This award was given due to the enormous support that his work had from players worldwide.

Featured Video Games by Masahiro Sakurai

Its most outstanding games not only in Japan , but worldwide are:

  • Arcana and Kirby’s Dream land (1992)
  • Kirby’s Adventure (1993)
  • Kirby’s Fun Park (1996)
  • Super Smash Bros. (1999)
  • Fire Emblem: Fuin no Tsurugi (2002)
  • Kirby Air Ride (2004)
  • Meteos (2005)
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)
  • Kids Icarus: Uprising (2012)
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U (2014)

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