Sakurai’s IV Drip Dedication to Smash Ultimate Development

It’s no secret among Super Smash Bros. fans that director Masahiro Sakurai has suffered various health issues over the years, and concern for his well-being has only increased as his intense work schedule has seemed to worsen the situation, at least from an outside perspective. While he has hinted at stepping down from his role, this hasn’t happened—rather, changes were made during the development of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to facilitate a better work-life balance.

In speaking to Nintendo Dream  (translated by Nintendo Everything), Sakurai stated:

“I made some changes from what I used to do compared to now. For example, as a principle, I always left the office by 10 PM, no matter what. Many companies are discouraging extreme overtime these days, too.”

Even with these changes, he did suffer some health complications, including “a lot of stomach problems” and food poisoning. He was asked if he takes time off when these issues arise, and here’s the surprising answer:

“Interviewer: Uh, so… Do you take some time off when that happens?

Sakurai: No, I don’t. I just get an IV drip and go to work like normal.”

Because he is a freelancer, Sakurai isn’t held to regular workday hours like others with a salaried position… and this seems to mean, for him, working increased hours from everyone else. He chooses to go into the office each day to write daily reports, and seems to pride himself on being a “hard worker.” As long as he’s enjoying himself and stays healthy, his dedication can’t be faulted!


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Micah has been playing games since his first pong machine, and has been writing for as long as he could grip a pencil and not drool on the paper. So, for about a week.

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