Oct 21st, 2013


While multi-platform releases are common in the gaming world, it’s very rare that you see cross-platform play between systems. Games have traditionally been limited to the walled ecosystem they released on, so that Nintendo gamers play with other Nintendo gamers, while PlayStation gamers play with other PlayStation gamers.

This could be changing in the future though, as Pure Chess is one of the first titles to be released that will support cross-platform play between the Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Vita.

“We can confirm that cross-platform functionality is possible in certain titles that play on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, as well as other video game systems not made by Nintendo. We are committed to helping developers realise the full potential of their software on Nintendo systems.”

Pure Chess is not the only title that will see this cross-platform play, as a Nintendo representative has confirmed that Disney Infinity and Cubeman 2 also benefit from cross-platform play. Pure Chess will be the first title to have cross-play with a rival platform if Sony agrees to the arrangement, as Disney Infinity only has mobile cross-platform.

[via VG247]

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  • palomino blue

    Makes a lot of sense. I don’t see this coming to a game like Call of Duty, where the subtle differences in platform could lead to an advantage, any time soon. It’s a step in the right direction though.

    • D.M.T

      Plus why would I and other Wii U owners play COD online with annoying 13 year old Sony/MS fans? No thanks, we don’t need nor do we want cross-play for COD

      • Wren Justin Umlauf

        If it means getting DLC and other features I do. And it sucks when you go to play a game type that only has 5 people playing it, but on the xbox theres 5,000. If not hearing whiny 13 year olds was my main consern, I wouldnt play COD

        • bizzy gie

          Seriously. Black Ops 2 is horrible. 1,000-3,000 players at a time on Wii U. 200,000+ on PS360.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            That’s poor numbers.

          • Rinslowe


          • Gregg

            I’ve had a blast on Black Ops 2 WiiU, with ACTUAL REAL PEOPLE IN MY HOUSE. Oh, and, why exactly do I need 200,000 people to play COD? I need 3-8. So, 3,000 will do just fine

          • bizzy gie

            That’s not the point. With less than 5,000 overall players, playing pary games or special zombie modes is practically impossible.

            Lobbies take longer to fill when you play anything other than team deathmatch.

          • FaTih

            Yes and if we won’t have more players online, then you’ll only be able to play TDM or Domination etc…it will be great if there will be many players at S&D or Cranked etc.

      • Nintedward

        It would actually be great to murder all those little twats. And would be even sweeter if they knew that you were playing it on Wiiu!

        They’d be like ”that dickhead Wiiu player with the light blue name just comprehensively owned me”

        • D.M.T

          Lol yeah that would be kinda cool and hilarious.

        • Squid

          I want to name myself the GreatMightyPoo so I can sing an opera while murdering them.

        • Revolution5268

          I would destroy them with my wiimote action.

        • Shaise

          Yeah! Proudly the WUDL. Wii U defence league, or NDL, Nintendo defence league, or NDA, Nintendo Defence Army. I’d actually consider getting it if it had cross platform play, & other people know we’re playing on Wii U because of our army name!

          • brian


        • kensredemption

          Even though I’m a veteran of all three networks, I totally agree with this. xD To be fair, though, there are twats EVERYWHERE! Ha ha ha.

      • ItzameyaToad

        Here is a solution that Activision could implement again, have a button to mute all players in a lobby/game. If that happened then it would be cool or if Activision did something similar to Xbox Live where people with a reputation for being annoying could be put in games with other annoying 12 year olds haha.

        • D.M.T

          LOL i didnt know Xbox Live did that to annoying kids. Awesome.

          • ItzameyaToad

            It will have a feature on Xbox One where depending on your ranking you will be put with certain groups. Like to sing alot in your mic? Depending on your rep you might be put with others who like to sing in there mics. Are a squeaker? You can be put in lobby’s of nothing but squeakers haha. Sadly it’s not on Xbox 360 but will be on Xbox One.

        • Tra Allen

          i’m sorry but the Wii U have a lot more kids on there than ps3 and xbox. I have COD on Wii U and Xbox and the competition is greater on xbox. Just sayin

          • Lusunup

            only because we have better exclusive and we don’t need shit like C.O.D when we can buy good games just saying…

          • The True Gamer

            Halo, uncharted, gears of war, the last of us, Killzone, littlebigplanet, Forza, gran Turismo compared to the same games by Nintendo with no change between games. Mario games are nearly identical in the 2d versions, and Mario kart games, and smash bros, and legend of Zelda

          • Gregg

            Your argument fell to a steaming pile of shit after the word “Compared”. *Facepalm*….

          • ItzameyaToad

            Never said Wii U doesn’t have it’s fair share of squeakers but to say there aren’t alot on PS3 and Xbox 360 is a bit far out there. I have owned and played Xbox 360 for years(about 5 to 6 years) and it has just as much kids as Wii U. My statement was to have a solution to the obvious fact that if online will be tied together there are bound to be more kids added in to the mix. And of course Xbox Live has better players it is the go to online service for MLG and millions of gamers and is the best online experience on consoles and will most likely remain that way for years to come regardless of Sony’s efforts to improve there online so of course it is bound to have better players more often.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        I think that same effect can be said about Nintendo fans if they had voice chat from the start. I do agree that MS fans have a lot of annoying kids on mic, PS3 not so much. I don’t mind kids on those games because sometimes it’s funny to hear them complain and say they’re going to ban you since their dad works for Microsoft.

        Besides, I like the possibilities of playing with gamers across other platforms.There’s so much you can do with it.

        • Rinslowe

          I was playing Black OPs one on PS3, it for sure has it’s fair share of smack talking kids. What was worse is having to put up with smack talking adults as well acting like kids. PSN has it all just like Live…
          Had both systems since launch and find both equally infected and PC can be thrown in that mix as well for certain games
          Wii U is a safe haven of sorts for the time being. But we’ll see what happens if the install base ever gets as high as current gen…

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            I never stated that they didn’t have smack talking kids on PS3. However, compared to Live? There’s no comparison there.

          • Rinslowe

            Personally I haven’t found either more or less, better or worse than the other…
            I also never stated you implied or otherwise stated PS3 had “no” smack talking kids mate. 😉
            I said it also had it’s fair share, just the same as live which was the point being made.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Fair enough. The fact that Live had so many annoying kids on mic is the reason I went to PS3 full time. Less kids there, but yeah, there’s some there too unforunately. Lol. I can only talk about my own experiences here. 😛

          • Rinslowe

            I guess we can agree to disagree. As I said I haven’t found that to be true from my experiences. And have owned both systems since launch.
            Having said that I’m not about to argue with another mans subjective perspective, which is more than likely equally valid…

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Disagreeing is fun, I think we all should. 😀

            Nah just joking. Lol. Yeah, I don’t think we’ll fully agree on this one, but that’s better than not agreeing at all. 😛

          • Rinslowe

            haha! I like the way you think…

          • PS4/WiiU

            what’s the problem with kids, I really don’t get it. I hear a lot of people saying there are lots of annoying kids on call of duty. If you don’t like them then just mute them. I on the other hand find them hilarious

      • Rinslowe

        I have to admit, playing COD on Wii U is a different experience than on either PS3 or 360 due to this reason somewhat. The Nintendo crowd so far is a more subdued bunch when it comes to smack talking and that’s a definite bonus. But perhaps it’s the sheer gulf of difference between Wii U’s install base and that of the other two which is the main cause of this?
        If Wii U had 75m users and if roughly 2m of those were playing COD online, I’d wager there would be enough diversity for smack talking to happen regularly.
        But yeah, COD maybe not a good way to kick off cross-play…

    • Levi Johansen

      But for strategy games it would be perfect.

      Specially turn based games, like Total War and Civilization.
      It’s about time we get something like that on consoles, with cross platform play.

      I hate having to play those great games on a small computer monitor, with a mouse and keyboard – it would be so much better on my HDTV with the gamepad as the controller.

      Won’t be expecting this anytime soon though.

      EDIT: It also makes sense financially – on PC, the games can be pirated, I haven’t payed for a PC game in years, but on consoles we have to pay.

      • palomino blue

        I agree. That’s a perfect genre for this type of mechanism. Chess essentially is a really early strategy game so maybe there’s hope that it’ll lead to that.

      • Nintendofreak

        i use my hdtv to play computer games sometimes

    • ItzameyaToad

      Really the only platform with an advantage is PC and that’s because of Mouse and Keyboard so Call of Duty has a much better chance of becoming unified on consoles than any other online game. Add to the mix the fact that Activision is going to have dedicated servers for all versions makes it even more likely this could happen. Even in the future if Call of Duty becomes more of a demanding game in terms of graphics that the Wii U can’t handle at the level of PS4 and Xbox One I don’t think it will be a problem, unless of course there is missing perks/killstreaks. IMO Call of Duty will remain a less demanding title that all consoles will be able to run at the same level for years to come and that Call of Duty has a high chance of cross platform gameplay.

      • darkcreap

        Usually people with different PC specs can play together, so I guess this should not be a problem. As long as the maps are the same, PS4, Xbox 1 and WiiU could run different versions of the game with less graphical detail but with the same maps.

      • readypembroke

        Portal 2 and Counter Strike Global Offensive for PS3 supported mouse and keyboard.

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Will be great on Mario Kart 8 and Super Smah Bros U though 🙂

  • Too bad Pure Chess sucks.

    I’m not getting my hopes up for any good cross-play (and hopefully cross-buy) functionality until games along the lines of Dragon’s Crown come to both 3DS and Wii U, if the hardware can support it well.

    • kensredemption

      I’m pretty sure it can, considering the way it looks and feels.

  • I hope this is something that continues as games are made in the future. The time for closed walls for online play need to be torn down so if the game is made for multiple platforms all gamers can participate and enjoy the interaction of all players of the game no matter what platform they choose to play it on.

    I know some console makers and game publishers would be highly against this as it could (and would) make it so some gamers do not buy multiple copies of the same game just to play with their friends or the community on that particular platform. I know this happens as I have friends that have bought multiple copies of games like Call of Duty series just to play with their XBOX friends and the other copy so they can play with their Playstation friends. To me this should be deemed as anti-competitive and extortion like tactics even though I know that would be a bit extreme.

  • Skelterz

    Its a good move from nintendo it will give people more reason to buy games that heavily rely on online multiplayer it basicly means there online community in games like call of duty won’t become ghost towns because of the small install base and nintendudes not buying 3rd party games to be fair does not bother me in the slightest but still a potentially life saving and quite crafty move from nintendo there coming across like ”hey were all for new things” when really there under the knife thinking if we get this we will sell more consoles and 3rd party games based on the fact if timmy has an xbox one and jimmy has a wii u they can still play together now all they need to do is sort out the cross game chat situation and introduce party chat like 360 has.

  • Wren Justin Umlauf

    I hope developers start using this for multiplayer shooters and other action multiplayer games. Developers could also create a friend list within the game instead of being based on your consoles profile, but still be able to add players of the same console to your console profile friend list. That would make it pretty easy for friends to play together if they have different versions of the game.
    Developers also wouldnt be able to argue “excluding mutiplayer because of a small install base”
    I really really hope they implement this in more games

    • Andreas Sunde

      Plus they wouldn’t need different servers for each platform.

  • Mark Thom

    that will be fing COOL!!!!!!! i hope it turnout big

  • Rich Cole

    I hate hearing news like this. In theory (and in my head) it should mean games like Destiny and Monster Hunter on WiiU/3DS and PS3/4/Vita (and even pc in a perfect world) and playing between all of them regardless. Huge communities, assisting and competing.

    In practice it means a handful of tiny digital releases.

    • Yeah it’s definitely not where it should be. To be honest, any game’s community should be able to play together in a perfect world. It shouldn’t matter that I buy a game on Wii U or PlayStation, if I buy the game, I should play with people who play that game regardless of the console.

      The only time this differs is when you compare PC gamers to console gamers in FPS games, as mouse aiming will trump analog sticks 100% of the time.

      • Rich Cole

        I agree

        Though I have some points about the differences in input method.

        Consoles are becoming less restrictive in general, even with input methods.

        There’s a larger pc base starting to play with controllers.

        Even though competitive FPSes have been huge this gen, it’s still just one genre and one style of play.

        Looking forward more games are offering co-op, or asymmetrical gameplay

        An open community style could lead to game types, gameplay, and genre we haven’t seen before. I think the benefits far outweigh the negatives.

        Besides, back in the Halo2/3 days I would have loved a chance to go up against people with advantages. I would scream and laugh in joy at winning against modders lol I liked the challange. of playing smarter over aiming better.

      • darkcreap

        Excuse my ignorance, but maybe thanks to motion controls in consoles that could change? You could also add mouse support for consoles (Wii and WiiU support keyboards and I guess probably PS/Xbox also do).

        I also heard that it is just a question of adaptation. While I have never been good at aiming with joysticks (I do not generally play shooters and if I do, I only do it on PC). I didn’t have a console when double joysticks became mainstream, but I played Counter Strike with a mouse with my friends.

        I much prefer motion controls (such as in Wind Waker HD) to aim than to joysticks, but I know certain people that are skilled at aiming with joysticks and they prefer them to motion controls.

  • This is good. Too many times have I bought a game on one platform for it to be near empty online while on another it’s alive an kicking.

    • Revolution5268

      yeah I wish that was possible with splinter cell.

  • Ryan House

    This is a Smart Move Nintendo

  • shanafan

    Something like crossplay would be awesome for titles like COD, which of course has already been said in the thread, so just echoing the awesomeness

    • Ducked

      If only COD was on 3DS *sigh*

  • ZeldaFanzzzz

    Super smash bros wii u and 3ds, sweet!!!!!!

  • darkcreap

    I think it is absurd that right now PC gamers can do cross platform play and there is no cross platform play between consoles and PC. As long as all have the same maps, there is no difference except for the visual details of each platform.

    • BIG Franky

      actually, i read somewhere that one of the things that makes cross-platform play very difficult to integrate is the difference in controls between the consoles….each controller is different and each have different buttons that pull-off different things and that is incredibly hard to integrate and reconcile amongst the platforms. it is obvi easier to do in a turn-based game like chess. but in real-time action games i guess it is a major under-taking…. and if you think about it, there is very little incentive to have it done, relative to the work that it would require to integrate.

      • darkcreap

        You might have a point there but:

        -You can play a shooter in PS4, Xbox 1 and WiiU, since their gamepads are pretty similar, at least in the button layout. They have several digital buttons, a d-pad like controller, two analog joysticks, etc.
        -Two PC users can play with a gamepad similar to that of consoles or a keyboard and they are two different input methods. Actually, there is software to associate buttons in a gamepad to keys in the keyboard.
        -Even if the two previous suppositions are not true, you can make a layer of integration so input from people with different input methods is translated to a universal language that the online server can understand regardless of the player’s platform.

        I think that, engineering wise it should not be that difficult. I think that the greatest problem is how to integrate authentication so that the same server can work with Nintendo’s, Sony’s, Microsoft’s, Valve’s, etc authentication systems at the same time. Well, that, and the lack of willingness from console platforms to integrate.

        I think that the main reason Nintendo is doing this is because they fear less people will like to buy WiiU if, for instance, people decide that they want to play Call of Duty with their friends but most of them choose PS4 or Xbox 1 instead.

        If that is the reason Nintendo is allowing cross platform play with rival platform, I think it is the wisest thing they have done in years, since that will give one more reason for people to buy certain games on WiiU instead of other platforms just because all their friends play in other platforms. I’ve seen people buy a certain console just because all their friends played in that platform.

        EDIT: Not an expert in online gaming, but it seems quite plausible to me. Maybe there is a good explanation why that is not possible, so if you could share your source it would be really interesting.

        • BIG Franky

          again….not sure of specifics, as i am far fro man expert in programming… but the article i read made it appear t obe a massive undertaking and very difficult to do…the article was written by peopel far more educated on the matter than I, so I’ll err on the side of them knowing what they are talking about. 🙂
          i think at the end of the day, there is no incentive for PS or XB to allow cross-platform, as the model works now, it forces people to buy their systems.

          • darkcreap

            Yes, exactly. The one who would get the most benefit is Nintendo since they are likely to lose some third party sales because of people preferring the other platforms to play with their friends.

  • bizzy gie

    Dreaming for the day online is connected between all gaming platforms.

    • Merrfn

      I feel as though it will unite gamers, or take the console wars to a WHOLE new level.

    • kensredemption

      I’ve been praying for this for months. xD It’s really the only thing left to do to complete our gaming experience. All Sony and Microsoft are doing is making graphics glossier. :/

  • old_skool

    Great news! Respect to voofoo for leading the way for smaller devs. Bigger devs like Ubisoft have already signalled the death knell for online wii u play.

  • SleepySkullhead

    I am so looking forward to this!

  • Truthteller

    I guess Nintendo would need this since there are not many Wii U owners out there, let alone enough to play online with.

    • darkcreap

      Exactly. I think that is their main reason to do that. As some people say above, where your friends are can highly condition in which platform you play.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      True story.

      • readypembroke

        WOW Truthteller FINALLY says something positive and isn’t his usual troll self.

  • Revolution5268

    If call of duty gets cross play, wont hackers try to hack the other consoles like Xbox 360 hacks Wii u & ps3? Is that really possible?

    • NkoSekirei

      mostly the hackers got a grudge against microsoft and sony not being mean but its true especially after sony tried taking one of the hackers to court which didnt bold well for sony and then the hackers took down psn for a while

  • DVE

    I would love to use a Wii mote verse a controller player. Once you master the Wiimote’s aim it is dam near Mouse and Keyboard accuracy xD

  • YayGs

    Cool, there’s a cross-platform idea I totality want to do where players assume different roles on different platforms.

  • Rinslowe

    Lovin the idea of cross platform play. At the end of the day it’s about the games not the platform. More power to that…

  • PS4/WiiU

    I which all games were cross-platform. It would be so cool to be able to play with my friends who don’t own a Wii U but instead have an xbox or ps3. The only reason i’m considering getting PS4 or XboxOne is because a lot of my friends have them. But if games start being cross platform, I won’t have to buy one anymore

    • Andrew Chambers

      Which is why M$ will never agree to it.

      • PS4/WiiU

        lol, you’re exactly right. I love how you put $ after M and I immediately understood

      • CCM

        Yeah M$ will ONLY do cross-platform on the 360 / XB1 with PC.

  • Hulkamania

    would be great to have more of this. there would be many servers loaded with gamers from all over the world.. different consoles.

  • WellWisher

    This. Is. Awesome. Imagine if they did this with COD….Player count would go into the millions over night and the Wii U version wouldn’t be left out in the cold with nobody buying it.

  • Merrfn

    Perfect. The lack of Wii U online players, turns me off buying the Wii U version of the game. Sadly that is the attitude that stops the community from growing.

  • kensredemption

    Oh my God, yes! If Sony and Nintendo can shake hands and deliver us the ultimate fanservice: A cross-platform brawler may no longer be a dream of mine and finally become a reality!

    Super Smash Battle Royale…It’ll be epic, I can feel it!

    Mario vs. Sackboy
    Bowser vs. Sweet Tooth
    Link vs. Drake
    Sonic vs. Kiryu (Since Yakuza is strictly Sega’s exclusive on PS)

    AH! I had a roster like this awhile ago when I brought it up on IGN, I need to find it!

  • Noel Canales

    I want to play halo cross platform, but would also like to get paid on gum too!

  • farrellbr

    this is a great step in the right direction

  • C.S. Bailey

    I hope Sony agrees, gamers just want more competition.

  • Saikyo

    just a few years ago this was unfeasible, even for a turn taking strat game.
    slowly but surely though, hope to live long enough for cross plat to reach every genre, fgc would be huge if this became a reality

  • FaTih

    CALL OF DUTY + Cross-Play = Holy Shit…

  • kensredemption

    A thought crossed my mind…it’s a bit roguish for most people, but just hear me out.

    We all know the amazing contributions that Nintendo and Sony have made to the gaming community and how they innovated gaming in their own ways; Either through the way we play or connect to one another over a mutual love and passion of gaming.

    I figure that the time has long since passed that these two titans of the industry endorsed a joint-project which will connect both of their gaming communities in ways that have never been done before. What I’m proposing is a cross-platform title unlike any other. One in which both players from the Nintendo AND PlayStation Network can connect, socialize, befriend and compete with one another – no longer being segregated because of their console of choice.

    We all know that the employees of HAL Laboratory are the masters of the platform fighting genre, as is evident in the Super Smash Brothers series. Likewise, SuperBot Entertainment made a decent attempt with All-Stars Battle Royale. If they could both spear-head this project and give us a concoction with everything that made both SSB and ASBR great: I have no doubt in my mind that this would be a progressive step towards revolutionizing gaming in a social aspect which is becoming more and more prominent in recent times. Think of the possibilities…

    Mario facing off against Sackboy…
    Kratos facing off against Link…
    Fox McCloud facing off against Emmett Graves…
    Master Hand versus the Polygon Man…
    Zeus going toe-to-toe with Bowser…
    Dante going up against Bayonetta…
    Fat Princess slapping Princess Peach silly, maybe?

    Ooh…How about Solid Snake settling things with Raiden? You know…since Solid was originally on NES, Raiden on PS2?… -Sigh-

    Oh…I have a dream. In that dream, none of the members in the gaming community were at each other’s throats to try and declare superiority of the company they’d been following so devoutly. Instead, they pooled together ideas in ways to innovate their experiences, shared the thrills they experience and all the laughter and tears they may shed because of their fondness of the heroes and heroines who they’ve held so dear. Whatever competition was to be had never resorted to any petty means, and always settled in a dignified, respectful manner.

    …It would seem that I’m still dreaming, but it’s far better than the reality.