MS: I learned how to hold it in and not go to the toilet. It was quite far away from my seat (laughs).
ND: Please don't do that! You actually had some health-concerns, right? We heard you couldn't move your right hand anymore.
MS: Even now a tendonitis or something like that hasn't healed yet, I for example use my left hand to move a trackball. Smash Brothers is always a extremely hard development-process. Thinking about it now, I was quite lucky not getting sick in the past. I took care of myself a little better this time and it kind of worked out.
MS: At the very beginning I did that. This time our project-proposal is dated May 2012, at that time all characters were decided already. Then as production moves on we will say "We won't put that chracter in" and cut out low-priority-characters.
ND: That means in your project-proposal there are more characters than ended up in the game?
MS: Yes, but I won't tell which of course.
The competitive community is erupting over this interview. I love being competitive with Smash and I feel like Sakurai pulled a lot of positive moves for that community. Ain't no body never happy bout nuthin!
What about your uncle?If only I knew Japanese.
And lived in Japan.
And worked at Nintendo while we're at it.
Thank you whoever did this! Sheik is now more ninjaish and I love the new jumping animations. Thank you mystery person!Another snippet from page 3-4
MS: There are several cases of this. For example, Sheik's movement is completely different to Brawl, someone made a proposal to me for those motions.
Thanks Garou for the translation!
I wish we had more characters, even via DLC
: I'm a good husband
Now: (thinking about it) No ("If I say No, the reality might actually become a Yes")
Q: I'm a good parent
Now: ("This one is the same I guess") No
Q: I'm glad I was born Japanese
I imagine Jigglypuff being one of the veterans with the lowest priority (outside of clones like Falco, Toon Link etc.) The franchise is already heavily represented in the game.So Bowser Jr was likely the last non-clone character finished then. I wonder how far in development characters have to be finished before they get the axe. The veterans aren't so bad but there was that whole thing with Jigglypuff apparently being one the last additions to Brawl.
These are really strange answers. Funny how he wasn't happy to be japanese in the past, I wonder why.
ND: Favorite food?
SM: Its pasta. Or more specifically I like noodles in general.
ND: Your answer hasnt changed from our interview 18 years ago.
SM: I became convinced recently. Noodles is my favorite food. If it is noodles like ramen [Chinese-style noodles] or udon [Japanese wheat noodles], everything goes. Anyway, if it isnt noodles, Im greatly troubled.
ND: Do you think youd like to try living outside of Kyoto?
SM: Not really.
ND: What are the good things about Kyoto?
SM: You can go everywhere with a bicycle. As Ive been living there, it has a very nice mood. Therefore I will certainly continue living in Kyoto.
ND: Least favorite food?
SM: Its liver.
ND: The answer from 18 years ago was also the same. You couldnt overcome it, right? (laughs)
SM: I could not. (laughs) I cant overcome liver in eternity.
ND: There have been more people cosplaying Mario recently, dont you think?
SM: There have been many alright. Im thankful for it. It increased during Halloween and there was this television thing from Mercedes-Benz
ND: Wasnt that an official television commercial? (laughs)
SM: Luigi and Peach were also nice in the recent commercial. (laughs)
ND: Favorite animal?
SM: Pikmin. (laughs) If not, I have always liked dogs, however I like cats about as much, too.
ND: As you have both currently.
SM: I like both dogs and cats.
ND: A happy thing that happened to you recently?
SM: I really like bluegrass music (acoustic American roots band music), you know?
SM: The mogul of that bluegrass music world, a Dobro player Mr. Jerry Douglas, visited Japan.
ND: What is a Dobro?
SM: A resonator guitar made of metal which can be used in many ways in country and bluegrass. I too play it just a little, but Jerry is a genius player. He performed in a park in Osaka, but thanks to guidance from a friend of mine, I was able to bother him backstage and got an exciting meeting. There I took a commemorative photo with Jerry and two others. Jerry also has a camera of his own, and I heard that a commemorative photo that was taken together was later on his Twitter. (laughs) Anyway, I met the musician I had longed for and the performance was also the greatest of Japan tour, so it was truly an impressive night. Furthermore, the young bassist of the band was a fan of Nintendos Star Fox.
ND: What is your current obsession?
SM: My current obsession I wonder what Im fascinated with currently. I forgot isnt an answer, right? (laughs)
ND: Ahahaha (laughs).
SM: However, one year prior I was fascinated with creating Pikmin short movies
ND: How did you spend a vacation lately?
SM: I returned to swimming recently. Ah, thats right, my current obsession is swimming.
ND: Swimming has really came back, right?
SM: Thats right. Although it had already been roughly 20 years, recently I set a few new goals
ND: Was that distance or time?
SM: It is both distance and time. As I continue, I increase each a little. Swimming has been the specialty of my wife since she was a kid, so we have gone to the pool together for several years and thus I rival her in swimming technique. If possible, I also visit the gym during vacations, so that and swimming are both my current obsessions.
ND: Tasty food which you ate lately?
SM: Ah I wonder what that was?
ND: What did you eat yesterday?
SM: (replying in no time) Cod roe spaghetti!
ND: You remember that well. (laughs)
SM: Tasty food which you ate lately errr why do you ask such a thing?
ND: Its the question we came to ask all along. (laughs)
SM: Well I was trying to find the real answer and be funny while saying Why? (laughs)
ND: (laughs) If you dont remember that, you can also send the answer via fax later.
SM: Ah, I remembered: hitsumabushi [chopped eel on rice]. I came to Nagoya [city] to eat hitsumabushi. As I thought, hitsumabushi was delicious there.