Nintendo Explains Why The Switch Won’t Play 3DS Game Cards Or Wii U Discs

Nintendo officially announced the Wii U’s successor, the Switch, this week in a sleek and impressive reveal trailer. Unfortunately, while the trailer did a great job in showing off the Switch’s core design philosophies, it left a lot of lingering questions. In particular, many have been wondering whether or not the Switch will be backwards compatible with the Wii U and /or the 3DS.

While it’s still unclear whether or not the Switch will allow you to purchase and download digital versions of Wii U and 3DS titles, a company representative has confirmed to Famitsu that the console will not support physical versions of either system’s games:

“Since the Nintendo Switch is not a Wii U or a Nintendo 3DS successor machine, you can not play with Wii U disk software and Nintendo 3DS card.”

Admittedly, it’s not surprising to hear that Wii U games won’t be supported since there doesn’t appear to be a physical disc drive anywhere on the Switch that would support it, it does come as a bit of a shock to learn that the Switch doesn’t support 3DS cards. The Switch is cartridge-based, after all, so many had assumed that a 3DS card could feasibly be supported in the same slot, but it looks like that’s not the case.

As already mentioned, Nintendo has not confirmed whether Switch players will be able to download digital copies of Wii U or 3DS games, but it’s controversial to suggest that it would be a giant missed opportunity for Nintendo if it turns out that you can’t.

(Via: Rectify Gaming)

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)