Video game development can be exciting, but it can also be quite a pain at times as well, especially when a dev team enters the crunch period. In the case of Masahiro Sakurai, creator of Kirby and renowned developer of the Super Smash Bros. series, that pain is a very literal reality at the moment as he has recently been diagnosed with calcific tendonitis and several ruptures in the muscles according to his latest column in Famitsu, according to Polygon.
The diagnosis comes about a month after Sakurai revealed that he had Repetitive Strain Injury (or RSI), making it difficult for him to use a mouse, keyboard, or gamepad for an extended period of time without experiencing pain.
In order to get around his RSI, his solution was to use a trackball in its place; something that was actually used to draw Kirby in the beginning, interestingly enough. Unfortunately, he doesn't quite have that option when it comes to playtesting games.
Naturally, this injury has taken somewhat of a toll on the upcoming Super Smash Bros. games in development for Wii U and 3DS, and because of that, Sakurai noted that even he isn't sure what sort of overall impact this will have on the project if things don't get better.
Until Sakurai's arm is better, it appears that development on the next Super Smash Bros. will be a bit more slow going than usual, but he's determined to do what he can to remain as active as possible on the project in the meantime. This news does make one wonder if his team and Namco Bandai will be able to produce a playable demo for E3 as Nintendo previously hoped for in a previous Nintendo Direct, but it appears we won't know until closer to the show now.
Despite his physical limitations at the moment, though, Sakurai stated that he now realizes how important it is to have your health and that he is glad he's still in good enough to shape to work. Hopefully he'll be back in top form sometime soon.