Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai is known for sometimes playing two characters in Smash Bros. simultaneously, against himself. He’s done this multiple times before, including in a Nintendo Direct to show off Banjo and Kazooie. But while this is an admittedly goofy way to play Smash, Sakurai hinted recently that he might also play other games like this, too. Like It Takes Two, for example.
When It Takes Two won Game of the Year at The Game Awards, Sakurai posted on his Twitter, suggesting it might be possible to play It Takes Two by oneself, with two controllers. The co-op game has some pretty tricky coordinated puzzling and boss fights, but given how complex Smash can be (especially when you’re, you know, the creator of the series trying to look pristine on a Nintendo Direct), it seems entirely possible Sakurai managed it.
The Game Award 2021を獲得した『It Takes Two』。
— 桜井 政博 / Masahiro Sakurai (@Sora_Sakurai) December 11, 2021
He even included two different configurations, in a reference to his own prior comments about how he used to play with two controllers simultaneously on GameCube by stacking them vertically. Sadly, he can’t do that anymore on the Switch Pro Controller without accidentally pressing L and R.
Sadly, Sakurai does not show his hand as to whether or not he actually played or intends to play It Takes Two by himself. Hopefully he can find a buddy to play it through with if not, since It Takes Two is a “spectacular co-op adventure that lays down a path of great gameplay ideas and uses it to play a giddy game of hopscotch” (or at least, we thought it was in our review).
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.