Masahiro Sakurai Praises The Last of Us Part I’s Accessbility Options in New Video

For those unaware, Masahiro Sakurai of Kirby and Super Smash Bros. fame started his own YouTube channel, serving as an avenue of game design discussion. The videos are all English-subtitled, of brief length, and contain top-notch editing, so I recommend checking them out.

Masahiro Sakurai’s newest YouTube video is somewhat unexpected, as it consists of the beloved director discussing the plethora of accessibility options in The Last of Us Part I.

Firstly, he selects the “Magnification and Visual Aids” sub-menu, emphasizing the various HUD alterations, including the Colorblind mode. Then, the “Screen Reader and Audio Cues” and “Combat Accessibility” menus are traversed next, as many of the specific options are praised by Sakurai. Further, the Controls, subtitles, and preset toggles are highlighted.

This video essentially functions as a showcase of the accessibility features for those who may not be aware of it and not much else, but it’s admittedly pretty surreal to see Sakurai commend a flagship title of a console he has not worked on. Still, it mends that omnipresent rift between competitors, even if ever so slightly.

Speaking of Sakurai’s videos, one in October 2022 had him talking about Nihon Falcom’s games, such as Ys, and how they excel at rewarding players adequately.

Another recent video from the creator simply comprised him showing off his cat, Fukurashi.

You can view Sakurai’s YouTube video of The Last of Us Part I below:


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Orpheus Joshua

Random gamer equally confused by the mainstream and the unusual. Fan of JRPGs, Action, Platformers, Rhythm, and Adventure titles.