Why 'Super Smash Bros.' Won't Be Released on Wii U and 3DS Simultaneously

August 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you were wondering why the releases of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U are staggered, the answer is the debugging process. According to series creator Masahiro Sakurai, who recently wrote about the games in his Famitsu Weekly column (as translated by Kotaku East), the debugging process for both games is very time consuming. Sakurai is currently debugging the 3DS version of the game, which is set to be released first.

"Checking is done both domestically and overseas, so for a game like Smash Bros., several hundred people are employed," Sakurai explained. "So, debugging alone becomes a huge project. So much so that one of the biggest reasons for the separate release dates for the 3DS and Wii U versions was so that we could shift the debugging periods."

"In a previous Smash Bros., we found a bug during the debugging process where if fighter A hits item B and fighters C and D are simultaneously affected, the game would freeze," Sakurai continued. "Considering not only the different fighters, but items, stages, color settings, play rules, and game modes, the number of varying combinations are astronomical. In order to properly debug, every pattern must be tried, but such a task would be impossible no matter how many decades or centuries you take."

Sakurai goes on to say that, while there are many reasons why games get delayed, most of the time it's related to a bug or glitch that can't be fixed on schedule.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS releases in Japan September 13, followed by North America and Europe on October 3, and in Australia on October 4. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of this year.

Source: Kotaku


Comments

Re: Why 'Super Smash Bros.' Won't Be Released on Wii U and ...

It wouldn't be an issue if there was no 3DS version in the first place.

3DS owners who don't own a Wii U would likely have considered a purchase of a Wii U for Smash Bros.  Now, it's far more likely they'll just get the 3DS version, and not purchase a Wii U.  The decision to make a 3DS version - and release it so much earlier - was a horrible decision by a company that should be doing everything it can to drum up the Wii U install base.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

Re: Why 'Super Smash Bros.' Won't Be Released on Wii U and ...

You never know, the Wii U version has content the 3DS version doesn't, and vice versa. I plan to get both.

 
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