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Nintendo to allow cross platform play with Wii U game: Pure Chess

Nintendo is granting developer VooFoo the option for cross platform play on the Wii U version of Pure Chess.

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In an interview with Official Nintendo Magazine, developer VooFoo stated that Nintendo is allowing for their new game, Pure Chess, to have cross platform play with Android and iOS devices.

When asked about their experience working with Nintendo, they had this to say:

Nintendo have been incredibly helpful throughout the development of Pure Chess and have helped make the process as easy as possible for us. Right from the off [sic], they were keen to loan kits and they’ve always been very prompt to respond to any queries or issues we’ve come across during development.

They’ve also been very open minded in allowing us to support cross platform play with the iOS and Android versions of Pure Chess – this is a really great move and something I hope we’ll be able as developers to do much more in the future.

With Miiverse now on mobile devices, Nintendo is already exploiting the benefits of cross platform functionality. Still, allowing VooFoo the freedom to release their game on multiple platforms is a bold and open move by Nintendo. But, as any chess player knows, you have to move your pawns before your queen can strike. It will be interesting to see how far this freedom extends in the future.

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  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    It’s nice to see Nintendo exploring these possibilities. Maybe we’ll even be able to cross play with Xbox and PS4 one day (doubtful, but would be nice)

    • Edward

      For sure. They should do this with every game.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        I wish…

    • Petri

      It is possible, but not probable.
      Microsoft has made clear they want to keep their online network in a tight leash, and now with Sony charging (and probably investing too) on their own online network, they might steer the same way as Microsoft.

      • Theiz Zzee

        It seems like they are headed that way. Here is another example of gameplay being shared across the board on nearly every platform. http://www.vg247.com/2013/08/26/wonderflick-coming-to-ps3-ps4-vita-wii-u-xbox-one-and-mobile/

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        oh I know it’s not likely at all. Just be a cool idea

      • Ace J

        nah Sony and Nintendo are the only 2 that are exploring cross platform play. i can kinda see a ps4, wii u, and pc cross platform game one day. but as for the xbox one, no. microsoft made it clear that they dont want to share servers. that’s why none of the xboxs consoles got FF XIV

        • adamm

          isnt Defiance cross-platform 360/PS3/PC?

          • readypembroke

            Portal 2 on PS3 does cross plat with Macs and PCs

    • 00EpicGamer00

      That’s what I hope what happens one day. Somebody creates a console that plays ALL games, I’m surprised nobody has even tried experimented with that.

      But, since technology is advancing, I think it’s likely that in the far-ish (maybe near) future, we’ll have a console that plays all games. It’s just a matter of time until somebody discovers how to do it.

      I fine this really weird…we we’re talkihg about this in one of my classes a few days ago. Kind of like deja vu.

  • Ducked

    And people say Nintendo is living in the past…

  • ludist210

    That’s potentially huge for mobile developers. Pair that with Unity being offered for free? Wow.

  • Stephen Davis

    You guys NEED to see the trailer for this! The graphics are gorgeous! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un49ThIppCc “This game looks sexier than a dark mahogany grand piano with gold trimmings around the pegs and crystal carved keys. Yeah, it’s that freaking sexy” – William Usher. Another dev showing the WIIU some love :P “Wii U really seemed to be an ideal platform to bring Pure Chess to – it’s quite a beast of a machine so is very capable of throwing around some pretty impressive visuals.” – VooFoo Team

  • SonicLucario

    This is pretty interesting

  • Martijn Plasmans

    Smart move!

  • BIG Franky

    I believe that Disney Infinity is already cross-platform as well….I could be wrong, but I believe I read that somewhere…. all players can play online in other people’s toy box creations except wii. But i think that Wii-U, PS3, and XB360 users can all play with each other.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      love a source on this

    • Gregg Cerenzio

      YES. Toy Box mode is cross platform. You can download Toy Box levels created on any system. But you can’t play together with those on other systems. It’s a (big) start

  • Castamere

    Aw, I thought they meant cross-platform between the Wii U and 3DS.

  • Mseevers95

    I think it would be cool to have an Assassin’s Creed game with cross platform play between wiiU and Ps4.
    I’m not including the Xbone because microsoft would never do it.

  • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

    Wish more games allowed for this.. If a game is multi-platform players should be able to play with each other on the platform of their choice. Power to the gamers

  • LopsidedPasta

    I happen to be a huge Chess fan. Day one purchase… possibly

  • Guhtere

    Hopefully with the Wii U, Nintendo will allow cross-platform play with Sony and Microsoft someday. It could happen.