| Masahiro Sakurai
Sakurai in 2012
|Born||August 3, 1970 (age 44)|
|Occupation||Video game director, game designer|
Masahiro Sakurai is the creator of the Super Smash Bros. series, and has directed every game in the series. He is also the director of the Kid Icarus series and the former director of the Kirby series.
During the development of Super Smash Bros. Melee, Sakurai maintained a site called "Smabura-Ken" for Japanese visitors. After the announcement of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a new site similar to Smabura-Ken was announced, titled Smash Bros. Dojo. Unlike Smabura-Ken, Smash Bros. Dojo was made available in both English and Japanese, although the Japanese version of the site has featured certain elements not present in the English version. Later added to the site were American English and British English versions, as well as Spanish, French, German, and Italian once the site was revamped.
He is also the author for the weekly columns of Famitsu Weekly.
Smash Bros. DOJO!!
Sakurai created a site in the form of a blog for information regarding Super Smash Bros. Brawl called Smash Bros. DOJO!!. Every weekday, he updated the site with updates about characters, stages, modes, and much more.
As of April 14th, 2008, the Smash Bros. DOJO!! is no longer updated daily.
Sakurai began work on the newest iteration of the Smash Bros. series after finishing Kid Icarus: Uprising in 2012. No other news was released for the game until E3 2013, where a trailer was shown. Afterwards, the new site for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U was launched. There, as well as on Miiverse, Sakurai released new photos from the game 5 days a week.
- In the Pokémon Stadium 2 stage in Brawl, if the player looks inside the house that appears during the ice transformation, they will see a cat that is rumored to be Sakurai's.