Attack of the Fanboy

Nintendo Switch Reportedly Not Backwards Compatible With Physical 3DS Or Wii U Games

by Damian Seeto


Some sad news for fans that are wanting to buy the Nintendo Switch console. It sounds like the device will not be backwards compatible with both physical Wii U and 3DS video games.

Famitsu has posted a new article all about the Nintendo Switch console. It answers a few burning questions that weren’t revealed during the debut trailer that aired yesterday.

Here’s a rough translation about backwards compatibility with 3DS and Wii U games: “Since the Nintendo Switch is not a Wii U or Nintendo 3DS successor machine, you can not play with Wii U disk software and Nintendo 3DS card.

This does not mean that the console is not fully backwards compatible. We saw Wii U video games such as Splatoon and Mario Kart 8 being played on the new console. It’s possible Wii U video games might be offered for you to download digitally.

It makes sense for Wii U discs not to work on the Switch because it looks like it doesn’t have a disc drive. It’s disappointing to hear that 3DS game cartridges don’t work.

Most of the other information we know before, or will be revealed at a later date. The battery life and specs are to be revealed shortly before launch.

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