Masahiro Sakurai, Lead Producer and creator of the Smash Bros. series, confirmed recently that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has gone gold! For those that don’t know, ‘going gold’ means that development has been completed, and the final version of the game can begin being packaged and shipped. The news comes from Famitsu, the Japanese magazine where Sakurai has a column, with credit to Ryokutya2089 and Siliconera for translating and covering the news.

He also shared some thoughts on a few of the controversial topics from the final Smash Bros. Direct: 

KEN & INCINEROAR

“While [Ken] may have a lot that is different from Ryu, there are players who are sensitive to the frame. Please think of him as mostly a bonus Echo Fighter.

“I’ve always wanted to make a pro-wrestling character! [Incineroar] is voiced by Unsho Ishizuka. He recorded new lines just for this game. Again, we pray that his soul may rest in peace.”

TROPHIES & SPIRITS

“That was decided early on [to remove Trophies]. I wanted to split the workforce more for other things. They required a lot more work than what people might think.” 

“[Spirits] will be easier to understand after playing. We’ll summarize the project designs after release.”

ONLINE MATCHMAKING

“The game is completely synchronized. Distance (between players) is a top deciding factor.”

“The true game for advanced players [is Elite Smash], where they won’t run into beginners and can brag about being placed among other merits.”

WORLD OF LIGHT

I’d like to write more about Adventure Mode if given the opportunity. The ROM is already complete.”

Sakurai hasn’t even hit 50 yet, but has been at the heart of Nintendo gaming for two decades now. It’s hard to overstate how much he’s given to the Nintendo community, and how much he continues to give. Here’s hoping he’ll finally get that break that he deserves, soon!

 

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