Smash Bros 3DS & Wii U compatability 'central axis' for next game

Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai hints at his plans to use the cross-platform nature of the upcoming 3DS/Wii U game to set it apart from the rest of the series.

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Now that Kid Icarus: Uprising is finished, Masahiro Sakurai can get to work on the next highly-anticipated franchise title: Super Smash Bros. This fourth installment in the franchise is slated for the Wii U and 3DS, and Sakurai has shared some vague comments on his plans for the game. One thing is clear: the dual platforms will play a major role in its direction.

"There is a certain dead end we come to if we just expand the volume of the game," Sakurai told IGN. "I intend to change direction a little as we go. The key to that's going to be its dual support for the 3DS/Wii U. I'm really just getting started on this so it's going to take time, but I'll come up with something that uses that link as the game's central axis, so I hope you're looking forward to it."

Sony has been laying cross-platform groundwork, linking the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions of various games. Some have speculated that the Vita could serve as a screen controller for the PS3, similar to the Wii U. How Sakurai will use his own cross-platform tools is still a mystery, apparently even to himself. But considering that the game is just getting started, it will take a while before we know the answer.

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    April 26, 2012 1:30 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Smash Bros 3DS & Wii U compatability 'central axis' for next game.

    Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai hints at his plans to use the cross-platform nature of the upcoming 3DS/Wii U game to set it apart from the rest of the series.

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      April 26, 2012 1:38 PM

      this is something i really hoped the Wii & DS would do more of. but aside from Pokemon games, i can't think of anything that actually did this. and it's really a shame, because there are a lot of possibilities. especially in games like Zelda or Metroid where you have maps & inventory items.

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      April 26, 2012 1:43 PM

      still think it's crazy they are going forward with this one screen per console plan.

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        April 26, 2012 2:20 PM

        they said they are looking into having multiple wii-u controllers, nothing has been confirmed yet

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      April 26, 2012 3:12 PM

      Probably sharing of the custom maps/profiles/score/

      Maybe even a gameplay element where the 3DS user could act as a uPad substitute.

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        April 26, 2012 3:13 PM

        how old are you, ruskisnajper?

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          April 26, 2012 9:11 PM

          ha, I was wondering this too.

          It's hard to believe any adult could be this infatuated with Nintendo. And I fucking love Nintendo. I cry every time I think they may go the way of Sega.

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      April 26, 2012 3:41 PM

      I might not love all of Sakurai's games, but I love that he's out there, scheming his crazy schemes.

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      April 26, 2012 6:18 PM

      Let's play bingo http://i.imgur.com/OZ2qo.png