Masahiro Sakurai, Japanese video game director and game designer, best known as the creator of the Kirby and Super Smash Bros. series, celebrates his 50th birthday today. He is one of Nintendo's best-beloved and most high-profile developers.
He is also an author of a weekly column for Famitsu magazine and has done voice acting work in some of his games.
In addition to serving as the lead designer on some of the company's most important properties, Sakurai has served as the face for Super Smash Bros. in Nintendo Directs and other announcement videos dedicated to the franchise.
Masahiro Sakurai recently announced that he is continuing to work on Super Smash Bros. remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On his birthday, there appeared a post with an illustration of some fans' expectations about developers: