Masahiro Sakurai recently appeared in an episode of Harada’s Bar, a YouTube program hosted by Katsuhiro Harada. During the show, Sakurai mentioned how he rarely makes public connections with other game developers due to the way Super Smash Bros. is made. It seems that Sakurai hopes to quell the overwhelming amount of fan speculation that happens during the development of a Super Smash Bros. game. As such, it was a real treat to have Harada and Sakurai interacting together in a video like this.
During their discussion, the two eventually found themselves speaking about some of the internet memes that have come about. In particular, there’s a meme that jokingly, yet falsely, depicts Masahiro Sakurai telling fans to “never ask [him] for anything ever again.”
“Never ask me for anything ever again,” said Harada, reading the meme out loud to Sakurai. “Which means ‘don’t ask me for stuff again.'”
“I’ve never said that before,” quickly interjected Sakurai upon seeing and hearing this.
“Right? I think you should make that clear,” responded Harada. “Like internet memes, this phrase is often on your pictures.”
“I feel like I want them to stop using my face or icon to say what they want to say. Even if it’s a joke.” – Masahiro Sakurai
Harada then talked about how people tend to enjoy how he interacts with fans with regards to a certain shirt that effectively says the same thing. He emphasizes how it’s ironic how the two memes are treated in the same fashion.
“On my Twitter profile, I say ‘I don’t answer questions,'” said Sakurai. “If you make the bio sound really strong, I guess it could be interpreted like that.”
Indeed, Sakurai first introduces himself on Twitter as the game director for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate before indicating that he’s unable to answer any questions. “Please note that I won’t be able to answer any questions,” says Sakurai’s Twitter profile.
“I haven’t said that though,” declared Sakurai in response to the meme that he was shown. “I feel like I want them to stop using my face or icon to say what they want to say. Even if it’s a joke.”
“You shouldn’t use other people’s power for your own principles,” concluded Sakurai on that particular subject.
“I can totally understand,” responded Harada. “Yoshinori Ono and I are used [like that] a lot. Well, it can’t be helped. I think it’s my fault.”