Smash Bros. Director Powers Through Work With an IV Drip When Sick

Sakurai shares his approach to work and his aversion to days off


There's hard work, and then there's the life of Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai. This and other aspects of his life were the highlight of a recent interview with Nintendo Dream, which spent some time discussing his health and how he handles being sick while still having plenty of work to accomplish.


While some aspects of his self care during the development of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate had improved over the past, Sakurai still had to power through his work even when sick, even when dealing with bouts of food poisoning. When asked what he does during these situations, he said he gets an IV drip, hooks up to it, and goes back to work as he normally would. 


Sakurai's work isn't done yet, either. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate may be in the hands of the players, but there's still all the upcoming DLC, including Joker from Persona 5, to consider. Taking too much time off would simply push his sizable work load on other members of his team, so he comes into the office every day and keeps up with everything. 



This isn't the first time Sakurai's overworking tendencies have been on display. He previously suffered from repetitive strain injury and calcific tendonitis, and he was hospitalized during Super Smash Bros. Brawl's development after 13 months of back-to-back 40-hour work sessions. 


For those worried about Sakurai working non-stop, he did manage to take three whole days off from December 22 through 24. Let's hope he increases these breaks in 2019 and beyond; he deserves a major vacation! 


If you're even remotely interested in Super Smash Bros., do yourself a favor and read the full interview. This is just scratching the surface. 


Source: Nintendo Dream via Nintendo Everything, Anime News Network



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox. 

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