Masahiro Sakurai


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Masahiro Sakurai is the creator and director of Kirby's Dreamland for the Game Boy. When he was just 19 years old, Sakurai created the character and the chief design behind the game while Nintendo produced it and also even gave the Kirby name to Sakurai's pink blob. (Nintendo named Kirby after one of their US Attorney's named John Kirby). Satoru Iwata worked on Kirby's Dreamland 2 as a producer with Shigeru Miyamoto.

Sakurai is also responsible for the Super Smash Bros. series and writes a weekly column for Famitsu magazine.

Sakurai resigned from his position at HAL Laboratory on August 5, 2003. Reasons for his departure are said to be because he was seeking more freedom and wasn't happy with the structure that was present at HAL Laboratory. Most of all, however, Sakurai grew tired of the sequelization of the industry and at HAL.

"It was tough for me to see that every time I made a new game, people automatically assumed that a sequel was coming," said Masahiro Sakurai on August 26, 2003, in an interview with Nintendo Dream, two weeks after his resignation from HAL Laboratory. "Even if it's a sequel, lots of people have to give their all to make a game, but some people think the sequel process happens naturally."

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