An interview carried out by Japanese website Famitsu with a Nintendo representative revealed that the Nintendo Switch console will not be backwards compatible with Wii U discs or Nintendo 3DS cartridges. The representative emphasized the new console will not be a “successor” to the previous consoles and that it will use its own type of cartridge for its games.
Both the Wii U and 3DS were backwards compatible with Wii discs and DS cartridges respectively. The Wii U was the successor to the Wii and Gamecube while the 3DS was the successor to the DS, so it would seem Nintendo is going in a new direction with the Switch. It indicates the Switch’s launch will more closely resemble the progression from the Nintendo 64 to Gamecube, rather than what we have come to expect from the company in recent years.
As we remain in doubt about the specifics of this pioneer console, Nintendo remains elusive. The Famitsu interview was comprised of six short answers from the representative, including a decline for comment on the possibility of Smartphone support. As someone who has embraced Nintendo’s previous consoles because of backwards compatibility, I am skeptical of the Switch’s new direction. After all, Nintendo’s history indicates that their consoles that have lacked backwards compatibility have been met with sluggish sales. As of now, we can only speculate as to the console’s ultimate fate.