Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai has hinted that the next game in the series may very well be the last.
For a long time, our favorite characters from different video gaming worlds clashing was something that could only happen in our heads. Who would win in a fight between Sonic and Mario? Could Link best Samus in a one on one battle? These things were up for debate. Then Super Smash Bros. came along and all of our dreams and debates were answered.
The original Super Smash Bros. was released on the Nintendo 64 in 1999, and there has been a version of the game on every Nintendo console ever since. That's why fans of the series were waiting with baited breath for a Switch installment to be announced. It has been now, of course, and fans' patience was rewarded at E3 with a release date and a lot of info about the next chapter, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
There may be a little bit of bad news though. Super Smash Bros'. series director, Masahiro Sakurai has hinted that Ultimate may be the very last game we see in the series. As reported by Nintendo Life, Sakurai said at the Nintendo Direct E3 presentation "The Smash series may continue in the future, but I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to pull this off, so I really hope you’ll enjoy this iteration of the game."
Although this will be bad news for fans, it should be noted that it isn't the first time Sakurai has said something like this. In fact, he makes comments like these following pretty much every Super Smash Bros'. announcement. Nintendo announced Super Smash Bros. Brawl back in 2005 before they had even asked the long-standing director to be a part of it. Good job he agreed.
Even though the Super Smash Bros. series looks like it is merely a case of gathering up all of our favorite characters and plonking them down in the same universe, it requires a lot more work than that. Sakurai always pours his heart and soul into every iteration of the game, so it comes as no surprise that every time he is finished with the latest chapter, he doesn't fancy doing another.