Nintendo Switch Will Not Support 3DS Carts or Wii U Game Discs

Friday, October 21st, 2016

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It appears a Nintendo representative has told Famitsu  that the Nintendo Switch will not support 3DS cartridges or Wii U games discs. This breaks Nintendo’s long string of backwards compatible consoles. They didn’t mention if the console would support 3DS or Wii U digital games.  Nintendo also didn’t rule out the possibility of  ports of the older games showing up on the system at some point.

Famitsu also inquired about the battery life of the console, Nintendo had no details to give at this time. They did however say the system stamina would allow you to play “comfortably” away from an outlet.

We’ll share more details about the Nintendo Switch as information is released.


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  • Mr0303

    The 3DS backwards compatibility would’ve been nice (there was no chance for Wii U BC), but whatever. This only means that they’ll have to have strong third party support and won’t have the excuse that you can play their previous system’s library.

  • bomblord

    Not even remotely surprising

  • Panpopo

    I honestly would have been surprised if they said otherwise.

  • Ibi Salmon

    Well this sucks.

  • Jon Idoncair

    tbh BC for years had always hurt whatever current home console’s hardware so im glad it isn’t for once

  • Zeonis

    Knew it but I want to hear it is region free.

  • Lord Ackercocke

    Man, I was kinda hoping the 3DS games would be supported.

  • Jeremy Barnes

    Of course not, I’m sure they’ll let you buy all the games again in their online store. Ya know, two, three times isn’t enough. Buy it a 4th!