Nintendo Switch: Kimishima Discusses Backward Compatibility

By Michael Augustin , Updated Feb 09, 2017 08:52 PM EST

The Nintendo Switch's unique feature that allows players to go portable or play on their TV is reportedly highly-anticipated by consumers. While the hybrid gaming system's official launch is less than a month away, it seems there are still some details that were not properly communicated to the public. One of those details that seem to be on everyone's thoughts is the new console's backward compatibility.

Nintendo president Kimishima Tatsumi recently talked with Time to discuss everything about the new gaming system and more. The executive was able to address the nagging question about the Switch and its compatibility with older games and peripherals. Kimishima finally confirmed that the "Switch is not backward compatible with games designed for other systems." He also added that the new console will also not work with older controllers, but "support for certain controllers may be considered for a future update."

It is obviously demoralizing for many of Nintendo's faithful, who might have anticipated backward compatibility on the Nintendo Switch. However, players must consider that the new hybrid game system uses a proprietary cartridge system for its games, which makes it apparent that older disc-based games are not going to be supported. The recent news possibly also includes confirmation that digital copies of its older games will not be playable as well.

On the other hand, Nintendo's Kimishima reportedly noted that some Wii U games are going to be ported over to the Switch. One of those games mentioned was "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe," which is strangely delayed to April 28 instead of adding it to the launch lineup. The port is expected to feature new characters, a new battle mode, and new items. Additionally, some rumors have indicated a Super Smash Bros port being handled by Bandai Namco on its way.

Despite Kimishima Tatsumi's comment about the backward compatibility feature on the Nintendo Switch, some fans are still hoping to access their older games through virtual console. However, it appears that the new hybrid game system will have many great games ahead after its launch.

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