While there’s been countless fan-made amiibo, only a few are designed as loving tributes: here’s a lovely angel-inspired Satoru Iwata based off Smash Bros.‘s Mii Swordfighter, for one, and then there’s the subject of this article — a 3D-printed Masahiro Sakurai. As seen on Kotaku, Smash superfan George Crudo used a friend’s illustration as the basis for his Super Smash Bros. Ultimate-celebrating project, digitally crafting a 3D model of the Kirby/Smash Bros. creator, and delicately painted his printed masterpiece. Not satisfied with presenting his hand-made homage to the world, Mr. Crudo further crafted a heartfelt message in Japanese, with the help of Source Gaming:
“I‘ve been a huge fan of Smash since I was 7 playing on the N64. Now at age 27, no game brings me as much joy and excitement as Smash still does. While all the characters are loved, the soul of the series is your influence and I truly believe Smash succeeds because of that. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to this series over the years and for all of the excitement, joy and fun memories with friends that I will always cherish. I created Mr. Sakurai as amiibo fan art as an “ultimate” thank you and to celebrate my favorite Smash character.“
Makes your heart just well up, don’t it? Well, this may just push you over the edge: Mr. Sakurai himself approves!
What a surprise. Great!
— 桜井 政博 (@Sora_Sakurai) December 6, 2018
Ah, those beautiful moments where fan and creator come together in appreciation for each other’s hard work! Having been friends with Mr. Crudo for quite some time, I know it brings a tear to my eye. Congrats, my dude!
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