Time to report on one some bad news everyone. If you own a Wii U or a 3DS, and made it a habit of buying physical games, you will need to hold on your Wii U and 3DS if you hope to play your physical games because the Nintendo Switch does not support backwards compatibility.
From what we saw in the trailer, there was no visible disc drive, so we already had the feeling the Switch would not support Wii U discs and there was rumours saying the same thing, but it turns out that not only will the Nintendo Switch not support physical Wii U titles, but it won’t even support 3DS cartridges either.
This news comes direct from an article by Famitsu, who reached out to Nintendo yesterday following the Nintendo Switch reveal. Hopefully though all will not be lost as Nintendo will attempt to make some sort of an effort to make it up to those with a Wii U or 3DS, but with them refusing to comment any further as far as the Nintendo Switch is concerned until next year, it’s doubtful they will be commenting on this any further this year.
But that’s not all. Also in the Famitsu article, Nintendo declined to answer Famitsu’s question regarding the Switch being compatible with games Nintendo are developing for smartphones, but when asked about the battery life of the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo said: “the Nintendo Switch is designed so that players could play as long as possible and comfortably on the go.”
Also a few other things that have been expressed and reconfirmed. The Nintendo Switch is NOT the successor to the Wii U. It will be packaged with the Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R). Game cartridges are called “Game Cards” and specification on the Game Cards will come closer to the release. It is also said that further details with regards to packaging (including other currently unknown accessories,) is on its way, but these details will come at different times for different regions prior to its launch.
In the coming days, we can expect to see more articles of this nature hit the internet, and the very good stuff you can see right here, along with our own exclusive Switch content.
This post was written by Solid Jack