E3 2013: New Super Smash Bros. Will Not Have Cross-Platform Play

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

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E3 2013 Nintendo Direct Super Smash Bros. 2013-06-11 07_36_51

Despite seeing Super Smash Bros. extend across Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Sora Ltd.’s Masahiro Sakurai had stated in an interview that there will no be cross-platform play between the two versions. When asked about this decision, Sakurai explains they each version has completely different stages, and that cross-platforming would not work.

Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS will still have some kind of interaction with each other, however; as players can transfer customized characters from the 3DS version over to the Wii U version. Sakurai did not specify what the character customization will be, but he said they won’t be different costumes or items that players have to unlock through repetitive play-throughs. Sakurai believes different costumes take uniqueness away from the characters.

E3 2013 Nintendo Direct Super Smash Bros. (3DS) 2013-06-11 07_35_05

Sakurai’s goal for Smash Bros. is to make sure that the interaction between the two versions is easy and stress-free, and that the overall experience is not boring or repetitive. When he was asked if the next Smash Bros. will have a level editor, Sakurai left no comment on the subject.

This is disappointing news for people who wanted to play the same matches with each other using different versions. Hopefully when they are released, they will play differently enough to have their own identities, and that people will enjoy them.


About Andy Na

Andy was a member at Operation Rainfall since the beginning of its campaigning days. Though something of a troublemaker at the time, he now contributes to Operation Rainfall and shares his love for all things gaming and the visual arts. His favorite games include Xenoblade Chronicles, Kid Icarus Uprising, and No More Heroes. Andy currently holds a Bachelors degree in Cinema, which he uses to pursue filmmaking.