Sakurai’s YouTube Channel Surpasses 200k Subscribers In Under 24 Hours

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We always knew Masahiro Sakurai had a loyal fanbase, and this has been proven once again with the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director gaining over 200,000 YouTube subscribers in less than 24 hours of his account’s launch.

Yes, following the official announcement yesterday – Sakurai has already surpassed 200k subs! It seems it’s even caught him by surprise so far. Here’s what he had to say in a rough translation, courtesy of Google:

“Thank you for the great feedback! The number of subscribers was double digits higher than expected…”

He also seems to be keen to “remove” any commercials, as he does not want to monetize the channel:

“In order to remove the commercials, it is not enough to just turn off the monetization settings, maybe it is necessary to enter the Youtube partner program and turn off the commercials…? I can’t seem to set it up yet, so I’ll try it later.”

So far, Sakurai has uploaded a total of three videos. His first one was an “” video – explaining how his goal is to try and make games around the world more fun by sharing the knowledge he’s gained from the video game industry. At the time of writing, it’s already got over 200,000 views and 40k Likes.

He will also be providing some “behind-the-scenes” glimpses into various aspects of development, including footage of Smash-related design documents and dev builds (and don’t worry, he’s apparently got approval from Nintendo for this).

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While Sakurai’s YouTube subscriber count is impressive, it shouldn’t be all that surprising considering just how popular he is and factoring in that he’s already got more than 980,000 followers on the social media platform Twitter.

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