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Masahiro Sakurai says the industry suffers from a "glut" of reused titles ( photos)

The games industry suffers from a greater "glut" of remakes and franchises moreso than any other entertainment sector, Smash Bros producer Masahiro Sakurai has claimed.

Discussing the issue in his latest weekly column in Famitsu magazine (translated by Polygon), Sakurai mentions his role as head of the judges' committee for the Game Designers Award in Japan.

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He explained that the award was important to him because it served as a reminder that the games industry doesn't entirely consist of endless sequels and remakes.

"Is there any industry that relies so much on reusing and reusing their old titles as much as video games?" asks Sakurai.

"Compared to other media like movies, dramas, animation, novels and comics, the glut of franchises and remakes is at an unnatural level."
The reason, Sakurai suggested, is that the nature of the medium welcomes familiarity when starting a new game.

"You have to learn the rules of a game before you can play, and that presents hurdles from the very start," he explained.

"That's why you have a generally unified approach to control methods between titles, and you can usually play one by taking what you already know and adding a feature or two to it: X means jump, Square means attack, and so on."

Sakurai is currently working on the fourth game in the Super Smash Bros series, which will be coming to both Wii U and 3DS. He has also worked on numerous Kirby games.

He concluded by clarifying that sequels and remakes aren't necessarily a bad thing, as long as original titles also continue to exist.

"Good games attract fans, and if you have fans, you have an advantage," he said.

"You try to use that to make the title something bigger, but that doesn't mean it's okay to give up on innovation. Popular, well-made games deserve praise, but titles that have some kind of unique creative spark to them also need to be praised in this way."

In early October Nintendo also revealed that a new game starring Sakurai's creation Kirby is in development for 3DS.
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