When you read or hear the name Masahiro Sakurai, you probably think of the Super Smash Bros. series or the famous pink puffball, Kirby. Anyway, this legendary director and designer of videogames has often been associated with several Nintendo projects over the course of his career.
There was one point, in 2015, when Sakurai got the chance to make virtual reality video games by the American company Oculus. Video game history Liam Robertson discovered this recently by talking with the author Blake J. Harris after completing his second book, The History of The Future, in which the founding of Oculus and the desire to bring Virtual Reality to the general public was recorded.
In a Famitsu column in 2013, Sakurai spoke positively about the Oculus Rift. He explored the possibilities of the medium in a follow-up article from 2014 and shared his own VR ideas while locking up a few games that could use this technology, such as the PlayStation title. Jumping flash! and other games like the LovePlus series. He even admitted that he wanted to make his own game, under the right circumstances. Apparently he was too busy with the ongoing development of Super Smash Bros.
Sure enough, the Oculus founder Palmer Luckey heard this all. Because Smash Bros. Luckey & # 39; s favorite game series of all time, his intentions were to recruit Sakurai to work on a VR game. Because Sakurai was not a Nintendo employee and worked on a contract basis, he was allowed to complete his business with Nintendo if he accepted other proposals. This led in 2015 to a meeting between the two in Tokyo, where Sakurai got the chance to work on VR games with full creative control and would receive a generous payment. In the end Sakurai said that if he would do such a project, he would do everything he could, but found that the audience was simply too small for Oculus, potentially limiting the exposure of the game. The discussions ended at this point.
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