Masahiro Sakurai

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Masahiro Sakurai was born on August 3, 1970 in Musashimurayama, Tokyo, Japan. He is a writer and director, known for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014), Kid Icarus: Uprising (2012) and Kirby's Adventure (1993). He has been married to Michiko Sakurai since June 2008. See full bio »

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 2019 Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn (Video Game) (characters)
 2018 Kirby Star Allies Gameplay (TV Series) (characters - 72 episodes)
- The very end (2018) ... (characters)
- Kracko, just like old times (2018) ... (characters)
- Whispy wallop (2018) ... (characters)
- Solo kirby at the jambastion (2018) ... (characters)
- The solo vanilla kirby challenge begins (2018) ... (characters)
 2018 Kirby Star Allies (Video Game) (characters)
 2017 Kirby Battle Royale (Video Game) (characters)
 2016 Kirby: Planet Robobot (Video Game) (based on characters created by - uncredited)
 2015 Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Video Game) (characters)
 2014 Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Video Game) (characters)
 2012 Kid Icarus: Uprising (Video Game) (written by)
 2011 Kirby's Return to Dream Land (Video Game) (characters)
 2011 Kirby Mass Attack (Video Game) (characters)
 2010 Kirby's Epic Yarn (Video Game) (characters)
 2008 Kirby Super Star Ultra (Video Game) (Kirby created by - uncredited)
 2008 Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? (TV Series) (inspired by: Super Smash Bros. Brawl by Nintendo - 1 episode)
- Smash Bros. (2008) ... (inspired by: Super Smash Bros. Brawl by Nintendo)
 2006 Kirby: Squeak Squad (Video Game) (characters)
 2005 Kirby: Canvas Curse (Video Game) (characters)
 2004 Kirby & the Amazing Mirror (Video Game) (characters)
 2001-2003 Kirby: Right Back at Ya! (TV Series) (characters - 100 episodes)
- Fly! Kirby of the Stars (2003) ... (characters)
- Destruction! Nightmare's Huge Fortress (2003) ... (characters)
- Launch! Battleship Halberd (2003) ... (characters)
- Crisis of the Warpstar - Part II (2003) ... (characters)
- Crisis of the Warpstar - Part I (2003) ... (characters)
 2003 Kirby Air Ride (Video Game) (based on characters created by - uncredited)
 2002 Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (Video Game) (characters)
 2001 Super Smash Bros. Melee (Video Game) (character design: Kirby) / (game design)
 2000 Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble (Video Game) (characters)
 2000 Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (Video Game) (characters)
 1999 Super Smash Bros. (Video Game) (character design: Kirby) / (planning)
 1997 Kirby's Dream Land 3 (Video Game) (characters)
 1997 Kirby's Star Stacker (Video Game) (characters)
 1996 Kirby Super Star (Video Game) (creator - uncredited)
 1995 Kirby's Block Ball (Video Game) (characters)
 1995 Kirby's Dream Land 2 (Video Game) (characters)
 1995 Kirby's Avalanche (Video Game) (characters)
 1994 Kirby's Dream Course (Video Game) (based on characters created by - uncredited)
 1993 Kirby's Pinball Land (Video Game) (characters)
 1993 Kirby's Adventure (Video Game) (creator)
 1992 Kirby's Dream Land (Video Game) (creator - as Masa Sakurai)
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Providing accurate portrayals of characters is something I want to pay ample attention to. If I don't stick to that thought, then we'd have to lower the quality or break the balance of the game. Something that goes way off spec could break the entire game. See more »


Has been developed with "calcific tendinitis" near his right shoulder which causes him in pain when moving his right arm. This could slow down Sakurai's work as he does some game testing himself. See more »


The creator of the Nintendo character 'Kirby'.

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