Switch Will Not Feature Physical Backwards Compatibility

Nintendo also to focus on “single-screen experience.”

By Andy Hoover. Posted 10/25/2016 17:00 2 Comments     ShareThis


Last week, Nintendo captured the attention of gamers around the world with a brief video pulling the shroud off the NX to reveal the Nintendo Switch, a hybrid console meant to marry portable and home console gaming. While the video showed off a lot of the new features meant to set the system apart from the competition, it did leave a lot of unanswered questions, and Nintendo expressed its intent to not delve deeper into the new console until next year.

Despite these claims, Nintendo has responded to a few specific question from gaming site IGN. One of the major mysteries was what backwards compatibility might look like on Switch, especially considering the fact Nintendo has often been proactive about letting gamers play older games on newer consoles. Unfortunately, Nintendo has clarified that Switch will not play any physical media for 3DS or Wii U. However, Nintendo offered nothing specific regarding digital backwards compatibility and reiterated that there would be more announcements coming in the future.


IGN also asked if Switch’s unique setup will allow for second screen gameplay mechanics like on Wii U and 3DS. Nintendo advised, “Switch is dedicated to deliver a single-screen experience.”

Hopefully we’ll receive a few tidbits of information soon, and if not, then we’ll just have to wait. Thankfully, the system is supposed to coming out in March, so the wait won’t be too long.

Source: IGN

2 Responses to “Switch Will Not Feature Physical Backwards Compatibility”

  • 1379 points
    xeacons says...

    Ugh. No dual-screen, no backward compatibility. That’s two hopes down the drain. This is not looking good.

  • 12 points
    Luisomac says...

    Have anyone considered the possibility that Nintendo might release another dock base, as an accessory, for the Switch with a disc drive for backward compatibility for Wii/Wii U games? Maybe even DS/3DS games? Also with the ability to upscale Switch graphics to 4K with HDR? I think it would be very cool. I hope so. There are rumors that said the NS is going to have two bundles. So maybe I’m not far off.

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