Smash Bros Wii U Screen

As we watched footage of Super Smash Bros. for both Wii U and 3DS at this year's E3, there was a nagging suspicion in the back of our minds at Nintendo Life HQ; will this support "cross-play", similar to that in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, or are the games too different?

No, is the simple answer. Joystiq is reporting that Masahiro Sakurai has confirmed that direct cross-platform play between the Wii U and 3DS titles won't be possible due to each version having 'completely different stages', some of which were shown at the expo; that wasn't an issue in Capcom's dual release due to identical core content. Sakurai did confirm, however, that customisable characters will be transferable and that his team is looking to deliver "stress free, easy connectivity" between the two versions. The nature of this character customisation wasn't made clear, only that it won't involve costumes or unlocks from completing tasks.

This feature will at least deliver the cross-platform connectivity promised way back at E3 2011, even if cross-play is off the table. Is this a disappointment to you, or did you expect this to be the case during the E3 reveal?