What does the creator of Smash Bros., Kirby think about the PS4?

Masahiro Sakurai praises the system's power and looks, but says says he doesn't like picking sides.

What does the creator of acclaimed franchises like Super Smash Bros. and Kirby think about Sony's newly launched PlayStation 4? He likes it, but he's not very much into picking sides, the veteran game designer said as part of his latest Weekly Famitsu column (translated by Kotaku).

"First off, the console looks cool," Sakurai said. "As hardware evolves, people tend to make things more rounded or add more details, but [the PS4] is properly angular. This simplicity is really nice."

But at the end of the day, Sakurai is not a fan of choosing sides. Instead, he said he wants to see the game business grow--and whatever platforms can help with that are OK in his eyes.

"Whether it's Nintendo or Sony, Japanese or foreign, I don't care about picking sides," Sakurai said. "I work hoping that the future of games and the game business will be more fun." Sakurai did note that he hoped the PS4 would be backward compatible, saying "If only I could play PS3 games on it, I could pack up my PS3 and my room would be cleaner."

Sakurai was most impressed by the PS4's raw power, something many designers agree is one of the system's most compelling selling points. Sony even describes the PS4 as the most powerful game console ever made.

"What I found most appealing was the machine's power. Looking over the various software, the screens are detailed and smooth. Load times are short and there are no slowdowns," Sakurai said. "Such performance right out the gate--this will help a lot of developers."

Sakurai is currently working on the all-new Super Smash Bros. game for Wii U and 3DS, which is due out this year.

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fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

am I the only one who doesn't like the PS4's design? It looks like a pencil eraser. Don't like the sharp edges. II prefer the latest PS3 slim design or X1 maybe

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

PS4 is a overhyped worthless brick of hardware in hands of a bunch of incompetent creators that wont do crap with it outside of interactive movies and still manages to get in the mind of the casuals/cinephiles/sheeps and convince them to purchase a dull,bland console that promotes the downgrade of this industry and the sad state its currently in. Truly the PS3 was the last worthwile console outside of nintendo and if youre seeking for pure gaming fun without scams and games that actually focuses on genius gameplay mechanics the Wii U is the best pick.

youngzen69
youngzen69

He is basically saying in so many words that the Wii U is junk. But he can't come right out and say that because he is developing Super Smash Bros for Nintendo at the moment. But I read in between the lines you silly man.

BadMrSnake
BadMrSnake

We all know the Wii U's 1080p looks better than the Ps4's 1080p!

jameshubert12
jameshubert12

i'll tell you what kirby is really thinking... kirby wants to smash both and make his own...

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

Says he doesn't like picking sides....doesn't name Microsoft at all.

GerardoExber
GerardoExber

Great :) Why picking consoles when there are so many good games for each and every console out there? :D Have fun a thats it :D

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

No slowdowns? I've seen many games drop to 22 fps on both PS4 and Xbox One...

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

man I'm looking forward to some smash! If I can't play Toad then I'm going to play Little Mac. 

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

This will definitely anger the hardcore X1 fanboys

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

"says he doesn't like picking sides."


Says the guy who makes games exclusively for Nintendo.

drodriguesaar
drodriguesaar

How I miss the time when video gaming are just have fun with your friends...I used to have a PS1 and a PS2, but played a lot of games on game cube, xbox, dreamcast, N64, PC....


When this annoying useless discussion about brands and sides started? 

Nintyfan95
Nintyfan95

I've only found the PS2, PSP, and PSVita to have some truely unique games. The PS1 just had Mega Man 8 for me, and PS3 only had TLoU, Journey, and MGS4 (with no announcements regarding "The Last Guardian"). Hardware is a must of course, however it's really nice when it's easy access to develop for, but if there aren't any unique titles on the PS4, let it be another home console generation I skip.  

grin89
grin89

if they would make a super smash bros for the xbox one or ps4 i wouldnt have to buy a wii u.

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

Pick a side man, all the cool kids are doing it.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

I just wish Nintendo and Sony combined forces.. Japanese gaming would get a huge boost.

There's some true geniuses on both sides. The power of Playstation with the incredible minds of Nintendo..? It'd be awesome.

Unite Japan!

golfpanther
golfpanther

@youngzen69  No, that's not what he said at all. He was asked a question about the PS4 and gave his answers. He's impressed by its design and power — that's it. He's a game creator so it behooves his future in the industry to do just as he says, not pick sides. You're not reading between any lines; you're reaching to creative a narrative that fits within your viewpoint.

caseypayne69
caseypayne69

@BadMrSnake  Well I guess that is possible since the PS4 has 5,000 items on screen while the Wii U has 20.  So yea I agree its possible.

rupz007
rupz007

@Tiwill44  It's called poor optimisation and not enough time to redesign the engines to cater for the new GPUCOMPUTE unified architecture. Unfortunately, as these consoles are PC (heavily customised) they offload everything on to their weak CPUs and this is where we get the fps issue. Look at Resogun (true GPCOMPUTE on the PS4 or Infamous Second son, MGS 5, the exception here was Tom Raider Definitive and it ran full 1080p at 60fps. Give them time.. its also a cost issue with developers.

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

@gamerboy100  

because before Sony there was only Nintendo and SEGA and saw much of his success from Nintendo?

02pheland
02pheland

@drodriguesaar  sounds like someone wasnt around for the massive Sega vs nintendo war before the PS1 even existed, before that there were other sides fighting. The difference is you were too young to notice most of the fighting back then so you only remember the fun. 

Dark_Mits
Dark_Mits

@drodriguesaar  It started when game development became too expensive to be able to put games on all consoles for little cost.

PatrickLevy
PatrickLevy

@grin89  That their is why you cant have nice things, each console has its own exclusives which makes it unique... Not the hardware, if I cared about hardware I would play on a PC where everything is cheaper (except for the PC itself) 

Nintyfan95
Nintyfan95

@warhawk-geeby  Sony does hardware, Nintendo does games, and both design controller. Nintendo is truly ignorant for turning their back on Sony, they were greedy for dem coins. 

hystavito
hystavito

@WhiteTulip1 @gamerboy100  I'm not arguing either way, really, but there has to be some element of a specific decision there :).  He's not some nobody who couldn't find work elsewhere.

drodriguesaar
drodriguesaar

@02pheland @drodriguesaar  I was a teenager, and I heard about the Sega vs Nintendo war and Saturn vs Playstation war...but its not even close to what we have today...

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@PatrickLevy @grin89  it is unfortunate as a consumer to be forced to buy 2, 3 or 4 different platforms though. it is a monetary issue. not everyone can afford to do that so sacrifices need to be made. the negative cost in all this is that many great games don't get the attention and sales that they deserve. gaming is the only media in existence that has this problem. all books, movies, tv shows, etc. can all be attained with the same device. 

MarioFanaticXV
MarioFanaticXV

@Butsutekkai38 @warhawk-geeby I think a better analogy is:

Sega = Power

Sony = Wisdom

Nintendo = Courage

Microsoft = Those CD-i games that we love to make fun of.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Nintyfan95

Both sides were guilty, Nintendo for back stabbing Sony and Sony for trying to take advantage of Nintendo.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@Nintyfan95 @warhawk-geeby if nintendo or sony ever stopped making hardware, i'm sure they would develop exclusive games for whichever company was still in the console business. obviously they would choose to support their own gaming industry in japan over siding with microsoft. 

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

@drodriguesaar i agree with you and that is why i own all system previous Gen Ps3/ X360/WiiU  and will own ps4 and maybe x1 when they drop price. The console war is just retarded and its getting very common as internet is widespread. In days of sega internet was not a popular mode of communication

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@drodriguesaar @02pheland  I like and enjoy the flame war going on today because we need one winner and one casualty. My shelves are only big enough for 2 consoles lol.

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

@drodriguesaar @02pheland  It's not age, but the higher number of gamers. Nerds/geeks of any kind have always had fan wars, but now it's louder and harder to ignore thanks to a bigger gamer population.

klebers
klebers

@MarioFanaticXV  Agree with nintendo=courage. It takes lot of balls to to try another game design concept.

Sony and Microsoft R&D: let's put a new graphic card and some processors in a console and call it a day.

Nintendo R&D: A new control with a touch screen NFC and cameras and see what developers can come up with.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@EasyComeEasyGo  

Nintendo could've handled the situation better but I do kind of put more blame on Sony for starting it by trying to take advantage.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Honestly, I felt sorry for Sony for being embarrassed by Nintendo but you're right, both parties were guilty but I understand Nintendo had to do it. It was just bad business at the time.