A serious and lingering arm injury to Super Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai could threaten development of the upcoming Wii U and 3DS games.
Sakurai revealed that he struggles to type and use a controller because of calcific tendonitis and ruptures in his arm muscles in his weekly Famitsu column.
"If this disorder lingers, or never gets fixed, there's no telling what impact that would have on [Super Smash Bros.]," he wrote, as translated by Polygon.
"There's no instant cure for it, so all I can do is either block the pain with injections or put my arm in a cast to keep the ruptures from spreading. I was told that the important thing was to keep my arm as rested as possible. In order to get it fully healed, the only thing is to not use my right arm or hand. So not only am I using a trackball with my left hand; now I'm using it to eat, brush my teeth, wash my hair, and even drive as much as I'm able to."
Play-testing is proving to be Sakura's biggest challenge, but as director, he finds lack of time to be a bigger issue. He's always in demand.
By Ben Salter