Super Smash Bros. Ultimate x Persona 5 Sakurai Interview Special Video Released

On December 6, 2018 at “The Game Awards 2018” in Los Angeles, the main character of Persona 5—Joker—was announced as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The creator of Super Smash Bros., Masahiro Sakurai of Sora Ltd., visited the Atlus office for the first time. In a special video, he discusses many of his thoughts on Persona 5.

English Subtitles

Via @omgodbless.

Rough bullet point translations of this video interview via @MysticDistance and Reddit user ex-aid911:

  • One of Sakurai’s favorite elements of Persona is the All-Out Attack system and how simple it is to make use of by exploiting weaknesses.
  • Sakurai notes that Atlus games are lengthy and have a lot of content. He makes time to play Persona and Etrian Odyssey, even though he states that they are twice as long as most other games, and he wishes that they could be shorter. He’s been making time to play Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth during the holidays.
  • One thing Sakurai particularly likes about Persona is its UI, and each game’s unique color scheme.
  • Sakurai loves all of the characters in Persona 5, and despite usually being busy with Super Smash Bros. development, he was able to complete most of the main cast Confidants. However, he was unable to complate the Confidant for Yusuke, jokingly apologizing to his Japanese voice actor Tomokazu Sugita. Sakurai did not think that the game would end in December and thought it would go until March. Nevertheless, Yusuke is still one of his favorite characters.

Q1. First Persona Game he played.

Persona on the Playstation1 but goes back to SMT. Specifically mentions Persona 3 as the start of the “Stylish” (Modern) Persona games.

Q2. Initial reaction to P5

The colours and style stood out. Compared to Persona 4, which was colourful, Persona 5’s colours, mostly red, might initially appear bland in comparison. However, it was really impressive especially with the presentation and style.

Q3. Favourite part of P5

The Menus. Goes into depth at how they are very unique among the industry. (He really loves them.)

Q4. You said in your column that you really loved Persona 5.

Talks about a lot of things. Mentions the characters being very lively and states its a staple across the series.

Q5. Favourite Character

Everyone. Only social link he didn’t max is Yusuke. Didn’t expect the game to finish in December and even loaded an older save to see if he could max it out but to no avail.

Q6. So, you like to play games with one attempt?

He wants to see all the events. (Some more translation needed.)

Q7. Why did you get into Persona?

The battle system is thrilling. The mechanics make the experience really fun.

Q8. Music

He bought the CD’s and listened to them a lot.

Q9. Regarding Atlus Games

They take a long time to finish. You have to prepare yourself and commit. Mention Persona Q2 also.

An illustration by Sakurai of Kirby as Morgana.

In December 2016, Sakurai made several positive comments about Persona 5. Sakurai recently commented on the current development progress of Joker in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in a Famitsu column.

Joker will be the first DLC “Challenger Pack” for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, including the playable character Joker from Persona 5, a stage, and a collection of music. This pack will be released next year.

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