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Masahiro Sakurai

NameMasahiro Sakurai
BornAugust 3, 1970
Musashimurayama, Toyko
Japan
OccupationDirector
Designer
Known ForKirby Series
Super Smash Bros. Series
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Years active1992-Present

Masahiro Sakurai - Gameography

Masahiro Sakurai is a Japanese video game director and game designer at Sora Ltd., which was founded by Sakurai in 2005. Sakurai is well known as the creator of Kirby and Super Smash Bros. series with his involvement with Nintendo stretching back to 1992 while he worked at HAL Laboratory.

Sakurai got involved in the gaming industry at a very young age. He began working for HAL Laboratory, where he created the character Kirby at the age of 19 and directed his first title, Kirby’s Dream Land. Masahiro Sakurai worked at HAL Laboratory until 2003. After his departure from HAL Laboratory he began working with Q Entertainment on the creation of Meteos for the Nintendo DS in 2005.

On September 30, 2005, Sakurai formed his own company named Sora Ltd. Prior to leaving HAL Laboratory in 2003, Sakurai Directed both Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64 and Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo GameCube. Both games were critically acclaimed and massively successful for Nintendo. This led Nintendo to contract Sora Ltd to help develop the next installment in the Super Smash Bros. series for the Nintendo Wii. Sakurai was appointed the director of Super Smash Bros. Brawl and upon completion of the game in 2008 an announcement was made that Nintendo and Sora Ltd had formed a new first-party studio called Project Sora.

Nintendo owned 72% of Project Sora with the other 28% being owned by Sora Ltd. This secured Nintendo’s partnership with Masahiro Sakurai and allowed for Nintendo to produce exclusive content under Sakurai’s direction. Project Sora revived the Kid Icarus franchise with the creation of Kid Icarus: Uprising for the Nintendo 3DS. Project Sora was closed at the end of the development of Uprising on June 30, 2012 and Sakurai agreed to continue leading the development of the Smash Bros. series.

Known For:

Masahiro Sakurai Interview & Did You Know Gaming Documentary

GDC 2008 Coverage: Masahiro Sakurai Interview
Masahiro Sakurai: From Kirby to Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Did You Know Gaming Ft. Furst
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DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1992Arcana BoxArcanaSNESHAL LaboratoryHAL LaboratorySpecial ThanksDungeon Crawler
1992Kirby's Dream Land 2 BoxKirby's Dream LandGame BoyHAL LaboratoryNintendoDirector
Chief Designer
Platformer
1993Kirby's Adventure BoxKirby's AdventureFamicom
NES
HAL LaboratoryNintendoDirector
Game Designer
Platformer
1996Kirby's Super Star BoxKirby Super StarSuper Famicom
Super Nintendo
HAL LaboratoryNintendoDirectorAction
Platformer
1999Super Smash Bros BoxSuper Smash Bros.Nintendo 64HAL Laboratory
Game Arts
Sora Ltd.
Bandai Namco Studios
NintendoDirectorFighting
2000Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards BoxKirby 64: The Crystal ShardsNintendo 64HAL LaboratoryNintendoVoice Actor (King Dedede)Platformer
2000Kirby Tilt n Tumle BoxKirby Tilt 'n' TumbleGame Boy ColorHAL LaboratoryNintendoSpecial ThanksAction
Puzzle
2001Super Smash Bros. Melee BoxSuper Smash Bros. MeleeGameCubeHAL LaboratoryNintendoChief DirectorFighting
2002Fire Emblem - The Binding Blade BoxFire Emblem: The Binding BladeGame Boy AdvanceIntelligent SystemsNintendoSpecial ThanksTactical RPG
2002Kirby: Nightmare in Dream LandKirby: Nightmare in Dream LandGame Boy AdvanceHAL LaboratoryNintendoChief DirectorPlatformer
2003Kirby Air Ride BoxKirby Air RideGameCubeHAL LaboratoryNintendoDirectorRacing
2004Kirby & the Amazing MirrorGame Boy AdvanceFlagshipNintendoSpecial AdvisorPlatformer
2005MeteosMeteosNintendo DSQ Entertainment
Sora Ltd.
Nintendo
Bandai Namco
Game DesignPuzzle
2005Mushiking The King of Beetles BoxMushiking: The King of BeetlesArcadeSegaSegaDesignerDesigner
2007Meteos: Disney MagicMeteos: Disney MagicNintendo DSQ Entertainment
Aspect
Platinum Egg
Buena Vista GamesOriginal Game DesignPuzzle
2008Super Smash Bros Brawl BoxSuper Smash Bros. BrawlWiiGame Arts
HAL Laboratory
Sora Ltd.
NintendoDirector
Voice Actor (King Dedede)
Fighting
2012Kid Icarus Uprising BoxKid Icarus: UprisingNintendo 3DSProject SoraNintendoDirector3rd Person Shooter
Rail Shooter
2014Super Smash Bros for Wii U BoxSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii UWii U
Nintendo 3DS
Bandai Namco Studios
Sora Ltd.
NintendoDirector
Voice Actor (King Dedede)
Fighting
2018Super Smash Bros. UltimateSuper Smash Bros. UltimateNintendo SwitchBandai Namco Studios
Sora Ltd.
NintendoDirectorFighting

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
2004Kirby & the Amazing MirrorGame Boy AdvanceFlagshipNintendoSpecial AdvisorPlatformer

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1992Kirby's Dream Land 2 BoxKirby's Dream LandGame BoyHAL LaboratoryNintendoDirector
Chief Designer
Platformer
1993Kirby's Adventure BoxKirby's AdventureFamicom
NES
HAL LaboratoryNintendoDirector
Game Designer
Platformer
2005Mushiking The King of Beetles BoxMushiking: The King of BeetlesArcadeSegaSegaDesignerDesigner

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1992Kirby's Dream Land 2 BoxKirby's Dream LandGame BoyHAL LaboratoryNintendoDirector
Chief Designer
Platformer
1993Kirby's Adventure BoxKirby's AdventureFamicom
NES
HAL LaboratoryNintendoDirector
Game Designer
Platformer
1996Kirby's Super Star BoxKirby Super StarSuper Famicom
Super Nintendo
HAL LaboratoryNintendoDirectorAction
Platformer
1999Super Smash Bros BoxSuper Smash Bros.Nintendo 64HAL Laboratory
Game Arts
Sora Ltd.
Bandai Namco Studios
NintendoDirectorFighting
2001Super Smash Bros. Melee BoxSuper Smash Bros. MeleeGameCubeHAL LaboratoryNintendoChief DirectorFighting
2002Kirby: Nightmare in Dream LandKirby: Nightmare in Dream LandGame Boy AdvanceHAL LaboratoryNintendoChief DirectorPlatformer
2003Kirby Air Ride BoxKirby Air RideGameCubeHAL LaboratoryNintendoDirectorRacing
2008Super Smash Bros Brawl BoxSuper Smash Bros. BrawlWiiGame Arts
HAL Laboratory
Sora Ltd.
NintendoDirector
Voice Actor (King Dedede)
Fighting
2012Kid Icarus Uprising BoxKid Icarus: UprisingNintendo 3DSProject SoraNintendoDirector3rd Person Shooter
Rail Shooter
2014Super Smash Bros for Wii U BoxSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii UWii U
Nintendo 3DS
Bandai Namco Studios
Sora Ltd.
NintendoDirector
Voice Actor (King Dedede)
Fighting
2018Super Smash Bros. UltimateSuper Smash Bros. UltimateNintendo SwitchBandai Namco Studios
Sora Ltd.
NintendoDirectorFighting

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1992Arcana BoxArcanaSNESHAL LaboratoryHAL LaboratorySpecial ThanksDungeon Crawler
2000Kirby Tilt n Tumle BoxKirby Tilt 'n' TumbleGame Boy ColorHAL LaboratoryNintendoSpecial ThanksAction
Puzzle
2002Fire Emblem - The Binding Blade BoxFire Emblem: The Binding BladeGame Boy AdvanceIntelligent SystemsNintendoSpecial ThanksTactical RPG

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
2000Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards BoxKirby 64: The Crystal ShardsNintendo 64HAL LaboratoryNintendoVoice Actor (King Dedede)Platformer
2008Super Smash Bros Brawl BoxSuper Smash Bros. BrawlWiiGame Arts
HAL Laboratory
Sora Ltd.
NintendoDirector
Voice Actor (King Dedede)
Fighting
2014Super Smash Bros for Wii U BoxSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii UWii U
Nintendo 3DS
Bandai Namco Studios
Sora Ltd.
NintendoDirector
Voice Actor (King Dedede)
Fighting