Super Smash Bros. director impressed with PlayStation 4
posted on 03.12.14 at 08:08 AM EDT by (@casudaniele)
Masahiro Sakurai shares impressions on Sony's new console in Famitsu.


In the latest issue of Famitsu, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and for Nintendo 3DS director Masahiro Sakurai shared his impressions on PlayStation 4 during a column.

The Sora Ltd. and Project Sora founder, mostly known for working on Nintendo platforms, is generally open about his appreciation of other platforms.

“Let me begin by saying that I don’t care for faction wars like Nintendo versus SCEJA,” Sakurai opened in the column.

“PlayStation 4 is good-looking, the DualShock 4 is light and using it feels good, Remote Play can reliably handle even action games, and the network functionality is well done. The machine power is another attractive factor, there is no loss of detail in the image, and it looks so natural and spontaneous that you often forget that you’re playing a game.”

He continued, “It’s a good thing if creators can make stylish games without putting in a ton of time on that. I hope that a masterpiece will come with bells tolling. This is definitely not a period that will leave us without the possibility of playing rich games.”

Thanks, Sokuho@Hokanko.

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  • TetsuyaHikari

    Anybody working with Nintendo should be impressed by Sony’s hardware. I mean, come on… The difference between their consoles is night and day.

    • Elvick

      Reminds me of an article I saw on IGN about Retro Studios talking up the Wii U’s hardware.

      Well, duh. They were coming off a glorified Gamecube. :P

      Just imagine if the Wii U had been equal to PS4, or between PS4 and Xbone. They’d probably crap themselves with that kind of jump. Instead they’re a bit above PS3/360. Which is fine, but more is better. Regardless of what people say.

    • Pekola

      How the heck did you get this much upvotes? Is it because Nintendo?

      I mean, considering the state of the WiiU, you’re right. But lol.

      • TetsuyaHikari

        I’m not quite sure how to deal with all this attention…

        • jujubee88

          You’re always seeking attention in the open forums, though.

          • TetsuyaHikari

            Seeking? No. I just dumped a couple more points into Charisma on my last level, so people are gravitating towards me.

  • HighBrowDrifter

    Come on over, commmeee on over bbbaby!

  • totoro

    Remote Play ? Dude has a Vita !

    I bet he plays PS All-Stars.

    • 罪罰

      and he laughs at it.

      • Stb Hernández

        PS All-Stars is not that bad.

        • hush404

          Agreed. I enjoyed it on my Vita.

          • jujubee88

            It’s bad ass on VITA!

        • 罪罰

          but still, bad.

          • jujubee88

            but still, I like it. (one mans trash.. etc etc)

  • Dokuro

    He’s gonna be scolded XD but anyways good for him for not caring about the “war”.

    • DXVII

      Fanboys can get over themselves, not like they are doing anyone any favors. Way I see it, playing one side is boring, you lose the chance to experience so many great games.

      I played Tales of Symphonia on Gamecube, Phantasy Star Portable(s) on PSP. Those people are missing out, these are memorable titles that will set a standard for me.

      • TetsuyaHikari

        Funny, you could play Tales of Symphonia on PS2 in Japan before it even came out on Gamecube and Gamecube even scrapped the anime cutscenes from the PS2 version. Wow… Even back then, Sony was ahead of them :p

        • DXVII

          Well I had a Gamecube so I used it for mostly everything back then until I got my PS2 2 years after.

          PS2 version had costumes and such, so I was unfortunate we could not get that version

        • KingNigma

          I thought the PS2 version came out after the NA Gamecube one and the extra anime cutscenes and whatnot were added to the PS2.

          • TetsuyaHikari

            Ah, that’s right, haha. They were actually a year apart. I got the Gamecube and PS2 versions flipped around, lol.

  • Elvick

    Yoshida talks about the Wii U, so it’s nice to see someone attached to Nintendo openly talk about PlayStation.

    • kdog254

      I couldn’t agree more.

      • jujubee88

        You would know (if you could agree more).

        ^Name of a rock ballad about breaking up.

    • Eder García

      Sakurai is very open on PlayStation related subjects

  • BizarreJelly

    Smash confirmed for PS4

    • JuanchoYanez

      LOL, PS4 is the best console for this new-gen at moment…

    • jujubee88

      All-Star players will get my sarcastic quip from the future (when the aforementioned Smash game comes out on PS) and I say today:


  • Locksus

    Who says you have to hate a competitor’s product? People at Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft aren’t just some mindless drones who automatically hate everything their competitors do.
    As amazing as it is, they do have opinions of their own.

    • hush404

      Sadly, the console bashing starts and exists with gamers. Companies and their employees will sometimes poke at the competition to stir up the crowds and in turn drum up sales, but for the most part, it’s a subset of gamers whom do all the bashing.

      • Locksus

        I agree with you.
        I think I’ve never seen the companies themselves straight out bash their competitor(s). If anything, they might poke a little fun at each other.

        • 罪罰

          and yet we won, Larry.
          AND YET WE WON.

          • Locksus

            I wouldn’t even consider buying a Bone™ at this point since the mighty Microsoft hasn’t deemed Northern Europe worthy of such a gift.
            Sadly, the PS4 doesn’t seem too enticing at this point either, but I hope that’ll change. I kind of want it. nogaems yet though

          • Locksus

            Come on, step it up Bone™

        • hush404

          Those two examples were exactly what I was thinking of when I mentioned poking each other.

      • cusman

        I don’t agree that stirring up the Internet tard-fans of whatever console or game leads to boost in sales.

        • hush404

          Then we disagree? I don’t have the inside figures to tell if it does or not, it just seems the most logical way to explain their actions. They obv think it’ll help.

          • cusman

            My own reaction to such fan-wars is loss of interest in some product, and never the opposite.

            Seriously, I was very interested in TitanFall after the initial showing (for me) at E3 2013, and then over time my impressions got poisoned by all the toxic commentary (overly positive/hyped and the absurdly negative).

            Same for inFamous Second Son which I feel is also over hyped and then has absurdly negative commentary as well. I had interest but I didn’t want to follow the game anymore due to all the negative banter.

            So I don’t think stuff like this boosts anybody sales. I think it just hurts… so if either MS or Sony are willing to spend to hurt the sales of the other… that might be but I think that is a poor use of resources for either company.

            • hush404

              Yeah, I share the same reactions. I tend to get sick of hearing about a title because it’s hyped through the roof and then ofc, there’s those who tear it down for their own reasons. It’s never about just enjoying a game these days, it’s more about the hype around it (which is evident as people are out there fighting with their teeth for a game they haven’t even laid hands on yet). Such a weird culture we partake in.

              Obv the big companies see things differently though.

              I think titanfall has had a similar effect on me… at this moment in time I don’t care and when I first learned of it, it seemed neat. Infamous, however, I’m still looking forward to because I enjoyed the other two quite a bit.

  • karmacoma

    He isn’t officially a Nintendo employee, and hasn’t been for several years, so it’s easy for him to say that without being reprimanded by the higher ups. Still, it’s cool that he’s honest and even prefaced it with “I don’t care about console wars.”

    • jujubee88

      He even called it by it’s formal name. SCEJA. I was surprised he even knew that, for some reason.

      Buuut, of course he should know I mean he is in the game industry in that region. But stil . . . I don’t know what I’m sayin’

    • cusman

      Shuhei Yoshida (President of Worldwide Studios, SCE) is very open about owning and enjoying his Wii U with his family.

      The actual industry people aren’t as juvenile about console loyalty as the vocal Internet tards.

  • Northstar

    Sony vs Nintendo New Age of heroes???

  • SOforever

    sent this article to a YouTube buddy of mine who is a die-hard Nintendo fan

    PS: yes “give give give” or find gaming WANTS for people that’s all I do

  • jujubee88

    Wow, this article is getting a lot of hits. Cheers, Gematsu! LOVE YA ^o^

    • TetsuyaHikari

      Yeah, you generally don’t see their articles getting this many shares, heh. This one seems pretty hot~

  • cusman

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Masahiro Sakurai made a Smash Bros type game for the Playstation? We all know you need Sakurai type talent to do it right.

    You can’t be having developers/players of the more traditional fighting games making such a game because they don’t understand fun. Super Bot’s Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale was such a disappointment… starting with the crazy verbose name.