Nintendo Switch Will Not Play Physical Copies of Wii U or 3DS Games; Digital Backward Compatibility Still Unclear
The Nintendo Switch uses 3DS-like cartridges the company has termed “game cards,” so while it was almost obvious from the get-go, we now have a confirmation that the new console will not play Wii U discs, nor is the platform suited for physical 3DS games, according to Famitsu (and translated by Perfectly Nintendo).
What’s interesting, however, is how the company specifies physical game copies, meaning it’s unclear whether digital Wii U and 3DS content will be playable on the Switch.
Nintendo isn’t ready to reveal further details just yet, but seeing as how the Switch is slated for a worldwide March 2017 release, that information has to be coming soon.
The company did provide Famitsu with minor details on the Switch’s battery life, saying users can play “comfortably” as much as possible without access to a power outlet. Additionally, the Dock and both left and right Joy-Con controllers will ship in the box. No word on the Grip, though, which places the left and right Joy-Cons closer together to form a more traditional controller.