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.

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  • Jonah Rosen

    “There will not be different costumes either, as Sakurai believes that they take away the uniqueness found in the characters.”
    Aw! But I was hoping for armorless Mega Man! Does this also mean no Zero-Suit Samus this time or regular (Not WarioWare-style) Wario if he makes a return?

    • prometheus126

      Zero Suit Samus wasn’t a costume, it was a different form like Sheik is to Zelda.

    • Jonah Rosen

      Tomato, Tomoto. While it caused her to have different moves, it was also a different appearance, which is what a different costume is, a different appearance..

  • HeroOfGames16

    So… does that mean that we will not likely have a Create-A-Smasher customization option? IIRC, Namco Bandai did that to at least the SoulCalibur games and I loved it really. I would buy both versions regardless, but creating your own characters would’ve been pretty sweet.

  • An Tran

    I want Lucina replacing Marth in the 3DS version.

    • Jonah Rosen

      Yeah, We already had Marth twice now, I know he’s the first FE protagonist and all, but let’s let him rest for a bit and play as Lucina instead.

    • shinpichu

      Anyone who seriously thinks this will happen or wants this to happen is an idiot.If ANY FE character gets cut, it will be Ike, and even that’s not a guaruntee. Marth is not only the first FE Lord, but he also has more appearances than any other FE lord.

      Besides, Lucina wouldn’t be that similar to Marth anyway. Don’t diss Lucina by assuming she’d just be a Marth clone.

  • James Best

    Well, poo. I was hoping we’d see Dark Samus as an alternate costume for Samus.

  • Lester Paredes

    Aw. I was hoping for cross platform play. That sucks.

  • shinpichu

    Aw man, I was really hoping we’d get alternate costumes. 🙁

  • Preston Obrien

    So I cant get 3 3 DS’s and my WiiU and play all together? thats lame. If capcom with Monster Hunter can do it why cant you. this would be the only reason i would buy the game.

    • Jared

      There are likely too many differences between the two versions. From what I know, Monster Hunter on Wii U and 3ds are only different when it comes to resolution. For smash bros., the graphical style is completely different (one typical smash graphics, the other cell-shaded), and as Sakurai said in the interview, they have completely different stages. There may even be other differences we don’t know about yet.

    • TwinTails

      There is different version exclusive characters too.

    • Preston Obrien

      ya its just kinda sad when Im the only one with a WiiU. =D oh well I start collecting wiimotes =P

  • Zepherion

    No Cross-Platform Play? I Thought That Was The Point Of Having It On Both Consoles.

    Oh Well, Idiots Will Still Spend Money To Have It On Both Consoles Anyways. Well Played, Nintendo.

  • Slurryx

    They’re announcing more things that won’t be in the game than things that will be in it.

  • I was hoping for cross platform play, too.

  • Good game. Thanks you for share this infomation.

  • They’re announcing more things that won’t be in the game than things that will be in it.