Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U will not have crossplay

Friday, 14th June 2013 01:03 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Director Masahiro Sakurai has confirmed that 3DS and Wii U owners will not be able to play Super Smash Bros. against each other.

There’s quite a good reason, though, as director Masahiro Sakurai explained to Joystiq – each version has unique stages.

Sakurai did reveal how the two version will interact, something that was teased way back when the new brawler was first announced in 2011: players will be able to transfer customised characters between the two versions.

The customisations are still quite mysterious; Sakurai clarified that he did not mean costumes, and that you won’t have to grind to enable them.

Sakurai once said that the link between the portable and console was a “key” feature of the game, so expect more information on the subject soon.

The fighter is due in 2014. It’s taken quite a while, thanks to a slow start and Sakurai’s injury.



  1. Hirmetrium

    Sounds like a cop-out to me. IMO, the 3DS with a copy of the game should be acting like the Wii-U gamepad, and enable folks to use it as a controller, while keeping everything local to their DS. Why should I fork out for another Wii U controller when I have a 3DS?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 I thought that at first too, but both games have differenet stages. The 3DS version has levels from handheld Nintendo games, while Wii U has a mix.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. monkeygourmet


    If this is the case, I think they should have accelerated the Wii U version. It’s not like the 3DS is starved for games and the Wii U could do with this sooner rather than later.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Schwarzerwind

    The main thing I want to know about the new Smash Bros?

    Is Peach in it? Because she hasn’t been shown yet.
    And she better damned well be.

    #4 2 years ago

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