Masahiro Sakurai, best known as the creator of Kirby and Super Smash Bros., has started a new YouTube series on game design that is quickly becoming one of the most fascinating channels on the platform.
Masahiro Sakurai about making games was released last week and has already garnered 365,000 subscribers. The channel regularly posts sub-10-minute short explanations of certain game design concepts, as Sakurai concisely discusses concepts like risk and reward and frame rate.
Take the hit stop video, for example. Here, in the space of about four minutes, Sakurai explains the brief pause you see when you hit an enemy in Smash Bros. and why it makes the action feel so much more satisfying. The video then shows examples of various ranked shoot-em-ups enhanced with various hit stop implementations to make the action more clear and dramatic.
In the frame rate video, Sakurai briefly explains why 60 frames per second (the “ideal frame rate,” he calls it) feels so much smoother and more responsive, and even finds a bit of time to explain how frame rates Frame rates were handled differently on CRT TVs, and why European retro games ran slower than their US and Japanese counterparts.
sakura He says (opens in a new tab) he expects to update the channel “two or three times a week”, and there’s a lot more room to mine game design concepts for more content. He’s also making videos about his own game design history, like this one explaining why he wanted to make the original Kirby’s Dream Land a more accessible game for a broader audience.
Sakurai says that he has been given clearance to show off some early design documents and development builds of his own games, though he stresses that Nintendo has no direct involvement with the channel.
“I want to try to help make games around the world a little more fun” with this channel, Sakurai He says (opens in a new tab). “If you make games, or aspire to, you might find something new here. And if play games, learning more about the mechanics behind them might deepen your enjoyment even more.”
Last year, Sakurai warned fans don’t count on there being another Smash Bros..