Super Smash Bros. will not have cross-platform play
posted on 06.13.13 at 08:43 PM EST by (@salromano)
Plus, Sakurai on third-party characters.

Super Smash Bros. won’t have cross-platform play on Wii U and 3DS since each version of the game has different stages, director Masahiro Sakurai told Joystiq at E3.

Both versions will still have some level of correspondence, however. You’ll be able to transfer characters you’ve customized to the Wii U version, Sakurai said.

Unfortunately, Sakurai didn’t go into detail as to what sort of customization he was referring to, but did say he’s not talking about costumes or things players would need to unlock through repetitive tasks.

Asked if the Stage Builder introduced in Super Smash Bros. Brawl would return, Sakurai issued a “no comment.”

During a separate interview with IGN, Sakurai discussed the likliehood of Namco Bandai characters appearing in the game, considering it’s being developed by a Namco Bandai studio.

“Just because the game is being cooperatively developed with Namco Bandai involved, that doesn’t at all mean that they’d be given any special consideration for having characters in the game,” Sakurai said. “Smash Bros. can still be considered as an all-star collection of Nintendo characters. Just like with Mega Man or any other third-party character, it would have to be a very special situation.”

He continued, “Adding third-party characters should be considered a very special case. In the last game, when we added Sonic and Snake, there were lots of different hoops to jump through as far as getting approvals and making sure all the parties involved were happy with the way things went.”

Sakurai then asked IGN, if they were to pick one Namco Bandai character to appear, who would that be? IGN suggested Pac-Man, leading Sakurai to ask them a series of questions such as what his Final Smash might look like, how he could become super-powered, and more.

  • Elvick

    Bummer, but not surprised. Never thought it would.

  • HeatPhoenix

    uhmmm, Namco Bandai character –> Mega Man??? WHAT

    • MosquitoLemon


    • Sal Romano

      Brain fudge.


  • Fantasytales

    i wish they will bring Lloyd Irving from Tales of Symphonia since namco is working on this.

    • Darklyger

      I’d rather get Yuri Lowell tbh.

  • Ritsujun


  • Calvin Chikelue

    If that’s the case I’m wondering why they wouldn’t just create 2 separate versions (one with handheld stars and the other with console stars) but I digress, I’m still looking forward to them.

    • $29082171

      The versions do have differences, the 3DS version has different stages than the Wii-u one, corresponding each to franchises that originate on said platform (eg: there’s a NSMB stage on the 3DS version).

  • Learii

    Pac-man will be in it I am sure of it

  • fireemblembeast

    ;_; Tales…?

    • Raian Targino

      let’s hope. If anyone from tales is in there, I don’t even care about megaman or fire emblem anyone anymore lol
      tales is pure love. <3

      • Gilgamesh2025


  • Sae-Won Yoon

    I’m just thankful there’s no more tripping.

  • $30632660

    The game was already confirmed to be the best Smash game because of Megaman, the Evil Villager, and the female troll Wii Fit U Trainer.

    No tripping just added more replay value because now I won’t have to ragequit everytime I trip and get knocked off the stage because of a shitty game mechanic.

    • xMCXx

      I hope it’s more balanced than Brawl.

  • Farid Belkacemi

    So, basically : SMT character confirmed ! :D

  • Kurisu Makise

    Never mind 3rd Party characters, I want more people from Nintendo franchises. Golden Sun representation, Punch-Out representation, Famicom Detective Club representation (dream), etc.

    • Solomon_Kano


      And can we get some Advance Wars rep? All this Fire Emblem love, but nobody cares about Intelligent Systems’ other series. ;_;

      I mean, a stage, at least!

  • OverlordZetta

    You had to do ONE THING Nintendo. ONE THING.

    Guess I’m sticking with my Sony Smash.

    • TwinTails

      He just told you why it would be impossible!

    • Justin Cornelius Smith

      Surely this is a joke, right?

  • Drew

    This is A-MAZE-ING! MegaMan returning and…Yoga person and Animal Crossing boy?

  • SlasherHero1642

    I Guess Pac Mans Final Smash Question, Power Pellets Are Eaten And Pacman Flies too deals 25-40 Damage Shrinks When Over (Fly By Moving The Control Pad Or Stick)