The creator of Super Smash Bros. has been stricken by an injury on his arm, affecting his work on the upcoming installments.
Masahiro Sakurai has revealed that he is suffering from calcific tendonitis and several ruptures in his arm muscles. The result is chronic pain in one of his arms, particularly when using a game controller or keyboard.
The injury is unfortunate, but the grim news doesn’t stop there. The famed creator states that there’s no telling what impact this disorder could have on Super Smash Bros. if he doesn’t recover.
With regards to play-testing, he says,
I’ve had to control two characters at once in a lot of game projects up to now. So as long as I keep it to simple moves, this works well enough. It doesn’t go that easy with the Nintendo 3DS version, though, and the debug camera is pretty hard to control.
The timing couldn’t be much worse for an injury that hampers on one’s very career. Fortunately there has been no mention of a delay. But if there was, I’m sure we fans could be patient. It has been said that good things come to those who wait.