Original Nintendo 3DS Not Powerful Enough to Run SNES Games, According to Nintendo

Are you a little baffled by Nintendo’s decision to only support Super Nintendo games on New Nintendo 3DS (versus all iterations of Nintendo 3DS)? The question has been tossed around since Nintendo announced SNES Virtual Console compatibility, with many speculating that Nintendo is attempting to drive sales for their latest system.

According to Nintendo, that simply isn’t the case. In a statement to Game Informer, a Nintendo representative noted that the New Nintendo 3DS’s improved CPU allows it to run SNES games with “quality results”.

As previously announced, New Nintendo 3DS has an improved CPU, which enables Super NES games to run on the system with quality results…. The Super NES games also include Perfect-Pixel mode, which allows players to see their games in their original TV resolution and aspect resolution.

This explanation shouldn’t be a surprise to many, considering the original 3DS sports a measly 268MHz CPU where New Nintendo 3DS has 804MHz — a 300% power difference.

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Lou Contaldi

Lou Contaldi specializes in both reviews and the business behind gaming. He began writing about tech and video games while getting his Juris Doctor at Hofstra University School of Law. He is maybe the only gaming journo based in Nashville, TN.

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