Two Years Later, Smash Bros. Creator's Arm is Still Busted

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It’s been over two years since Smash Bros. creator, Masahiro Sakurai, first revealed that he was suffering from calcific tendinitis in his right shoulder and while from his tone, it appears his condition has improved, he obviously has not yet fully recovered.

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In his semi-weekly column in Weekly Famitsu, Sakurai lamented on the recent release of high-profile games like Dragon Quest Heroes and Yakuza 0 that involve a lot of repeated button mashing in the combat – something that still causes him discomfort. “I still have trouble with my shoulder and the symptoms of tenosynovitis still remain, so I’m forced to use a special mouse that clicks by inclining for work.” Sakurai wrote. “If I was to button mash, my arm would give out in 10 minutes.”

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Recently, Sakurai has had to resort to using a turbo controller in his gaming to assist with his handicap, something that was heavily hampered by the fact that there currently are no official turbo controllers for the PS4. Fortunately, Sakurai was eventually able to use a converter that allowed him to play games on his PS4 with a PS3 turbo controller. I suppose that’s the true sign of a dedicated gamer right there: Someone who finds a workaround so they can keep playing games, when logic insists that they stop altogether.

Hopefully, now that he doesn’t have to work so hard, Sakurai’ll have some extra time to, you know, heal.


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I’m saddened that he’s still not recovered. The fact that he’s still delegated to Smash Bros. DLC is not a good sign, too. He should be fully resting his hands and tendons, focusing on physical therapy/medications instead. I don’t want this to be unrecoverable or the need to go to surgery. I’m surprised that he didn’t managed to get an official paid sick leave from work or at least lessen his work days. Knowing Sakurai, though, I think he’s the one who’s pushing himself too hard. A workaholic. I respect him for that, but he should know his own limits and not be blinded by sacrificing his health.