The creator and longtime director of Super Smash Bros. claims that the Wii U entry of the series would be his last.

Masahiro Sakurai has revealed in an interview with Game Informer that he does not intend on returning to the Super Smash Bros. series, CVG reports. Sakurai explained that if the series does continue, which it likely will due to it being one of Nintendo's top-selling franchises, it would be going on without him.

"I can't positively declare there won't be [another Smash Bros. game], With both Melee and Brawl, I made those games with the thought that there wouldn't be any more sequels. Thus, I really can't deny the chance for another," Sakurai said. "However, as for myself, I don't think there will be."

The series' creator explained that the Wii U and 3DS Smash titles were both massive projects, and future entries of the series would have to make the same effort to adhere to the expectations set (if only other major franchise creators had that mindset).

"Our intention [with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U] was to provide extra merits to the game which go far beyond the sale price. In terms of scope, and in terms of sheer number of characters, we went beyond our limits long ago. And yet, if we cut the number of fighters or modes in a future game, I'm sure there would be complaints."

Sakurai was also a bit iffy on what would happen if the reins to the series were handed to someone else:

"That may seem like it contradicts my personal desire to keep giving gamers as much as I can, but I don't see any easy answer for it. And yet, despite that, I also have trouble picturing someone else taking my place and providing all this value-added content without me."

Hopefully, this means he's doing a Kirby or Kid Icarus game for Wii U in the future.

Thank you for the series, Mr. Sakurai: