Super Smash Bros. 4 Could Integrate 3DS and Wii U: Cross-Platform

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Next version of Super Smash Bros. could feature on the 3DS and the Wii U.

Cross-platform Super Smash Bros. play could be a reality, maybe, as its creator looks to shake up the formula

If you look at Super Smash Bros. since its release on the Nintendo 64, and the three versions since then, you’re basically looking at the same game. Sure, there are more stages and more characters – and the hype-inducing reveal of Sonic the Hedgehog in Super Smash Bros. Brawl – but it’s the same game basically. Well, in an interview with IGN, the creator of the franchise says the next version could be different.

Creator Masahiro Sakurai said the franchise has hit a brick wall, particularly if the next game just expands the roster and number of stages and improves the stage editor (though that would be great if the Wii U’s online capabilities are robust). He said he intends to change the direction of the franchise slightly, though didn’t suggest a radical shift, with the key aspect being dual support between the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U.

Next Smash Bros. in early stages, no characters chosen

Though in the early stages, the link will be used a focal point of the next game. Hopefully both consoles won’t be required to play the game, as the 3DS will unlikely be as large as the Wii U version because the console is not as powerful. Perhaps there won’t be too seperate games though, but a way of unlocking items/stages on the 3DS. Whatever it is, it’s going to be interesting.

The creator was previously involved in Kid Icarus: Uprising for the Nintendo 3DS, and said development wouldn’t begin on the next Super Smash Bros. – rumored to be called Super Smash Bros. Universe – until it was complete. Now that Uprising has been released, and E3 is just a couple of month aways, then news could come soon. The game was announced back at E3 2011, alongside the Wii U, though no gameplay footage was shown.

Even the characters haven’t been picked, though expect returning favorites such as Maro and Link. Make one-off character permanent additions, such as Sonic, would be very good: he seemed a little bigger than a special character.

Published: Thursday, April 26th, 2012 Last Modified: April 28, 2012

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