Smash Bros. on Wii U Is Not Happening Anytime Soon

The game’s announcement was meant only to garner excitement for the new console.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris


Hey, remember when Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced a new Smash Bros. for Wii U at Nintendo’s E3 press conference? Do you remember how excited people got over it? Well, if you were one of the excited many, you might want to hold off rushing to GameStop to pre-order the title. As of right now, a Wii U version of Smash Bros. isn’t happening for a few years. The announcement was made solely to excite people about Nintendo’s new upcoming console.

If you need a moment to collect yourself, or lash out with white-hot rage at your pillow, take your time…

In a column written for Famitsu (translated by 1UP), Project Sora boss Masahiro Sakurai laid out the truth about Smash Bros. on Wii U. Currently, the team at Project Sora is hard at work on Kid Icarus: Uprising for the 3DS, which will continue to be the team’s main focus until that game ships.

“Right now, we’re devoting all our manpower to working on Kid Icarus,” wrote Sakurai. “We’ve got no plans whatsoever – we’ve got two new games out in the open when there’s no extra time to work with them at all. It makes me cringe, and I’m not sure it’s the smartest thing to make gamers wait for several years, but the early announcement was made chiefly in order to attract new team members.”

Nintendo’s E3 press conference announcement also made mention that there will be inter-connectivity between a 3DS version of Smash Bros. and a Wii U version. Like the announcement of Smash Bros. on Wii U, that plan is only half baked thus far. The logistics are still being worked out, which has put Project Sora is a tight creative spot.

“If we went solely for the Wii U, the HD graphics would really bump up the visual effects, but then we’d be stuck in another arms race,” explained Sakurai. “If we made this game another extension over previous one, we’d have to cut out the new things we could possibly do on the 3DS hardware and compete with ourselves again over the size of the character roster and the amount of gameplay we can put it.”

“It wouldn’t be a fruitful competition, but doing something completely new would be difficult for many reasons, not least of which that the gamers may not be satisfied with it. That’s why we decided to think about ways to link the personal connection one has with his portable system to the gather-around-and-play aspect of console systems.”

So when can you expect Smash Bros. on the Wii U and 3DS? If this article has taught you anything, it’s that a definitive date timestamp is out of the question at this particular moment. So, let’s just go with “future” to be safe, shall we?