Nintendo Switch won't be backwards compatible with 3DS or Wii U games

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At least not physically backwards compatible meaning they might have VC 3DS and VC Wii U on the NS eShop.

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Nintendo will make you buy the games again on their store no doubt.

Probably because it's only got a single screen (the tablet part is docked when playing on the TV).

Decoded

Nintendo will make you buy the games again on their store no doubt.



Yeah and the main reason I'm not gonna be buying this console.

Decoded

Nintendo will make you buy the games again on their store no doubt.



If they want to compete with Xbox And Playstation, giving people access to their previously purchased games would surely be a good idea, Greedy and foolish by Nintendo I think.

Snakeyes646

Yeah and the main reason I'm not gonna be buying this console.



The digital system needs a complete overhaul doesn't it. One account, same games across accounts. I didn't do any digital on Wii u -so it'll sting a little less - but it's a real turd bubble for anyone who did and is going to have to again.
Edited by: "Krooner" 23rd Oct 2016

Krooner

The digital system needs a complete overhaul doesn't it. One account, … The digital system needs a complete overhaul doesn't it. One account, same games across accounts. I didn't do any digital on Wii u -so it'll sting a little less - but it's a real turd bubble for anyone who did and is going to have to again.



Yeah, the games bought need to be tied to that account and so you could play games on all compatible consoles.

prynolfc

If they want to compete with Xbox And Playstation, giving people access … If they want to compete with Xbox And Playstation, giving people access to their previously purchased games would surely be a good idea, Greedy and foolish by Nintendo I think.



​Like Sony have done by charging for ps now? as it stands only microsoft offer free backwards compatibility and its nowhere near the full catalogue.

I wonder if this console will actually be a success or not. It's just a tablet with removable controllers. What is the price? The power? The battery life? What games are coming? The advert was ridiculous showing a grown man taking his dog for a walk then playing it on a bench.

Thank goodness, I don't need to live on a back catalogue of old games that I have played or have the hardware be restrictive to allow me to do so!

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paully

Probably because it's only got a single screen (the tablet part is docked … Probably because it's only got a single screen (the tablet part is docked when playing on the TV).


NS seems like Wii U done right so it could play Wii U games since it has two screens, the TV and the NS GamePad.

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Decoded

I wonder if this console will actually be a success or not. It's just a … I wonder if this console will actually be a success or not. It's just a tablet with removable controllers. What is the price? The power? The battery life? What games are coming? The advert was ridiculous showing a grown man taking his dog for a walk then playing it on a bench.


Base already added the NS for £349.99 to their website but without knowing what it comes with or what games.

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I got a lot of download games on the wiiu from tne humble bundle and the curve sale, just another reason not to buy this thing then.

Spasho

NS seems like Wii U done right so it could play Wii U games since it has … NS seems like Wii U done right so it could play Wii U games since it has two screens, the TV and the NS GamePad.


Pretty sure he said that because it's been reported it is a single screen console today? I saw it on Gamerant. This is good if it proves to be the case!

groenleader

Thank goodness, I don't need to live on a back catalogue of old games … Thank goodness, I don't need to live on a back catalogue of old games that I have played or have the hardware be restrictive to allow me to do so!


+1. I'll just keep my Wii U and play them on those. A new games focus on the NS would be great!

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Spidersmudge

Pretty sure he said that because it's been reported it is a single screen … Pretty sure he said that because it's been reported it is a single screen console today? I saw it on Gamerant. This is good if it proves to be the case!


That would seem as though Nintendo's going backwards than forwards. Two screens is something the Wii U did right.

Btw, been playing Mario Kart 8 online lately and it's so much better with the GamePad to play it strategically, this way the player knows what are the items of the opponents. Pro Controller doesn't offer that even though it's technically superior (a traditional controller with a battery that lasts forever).
Edited by: "Spasho" 23rd Oct 2016

Spasho

That would seem as though Nintendo's going backwards than forwards. Two … That would seem as though Nintendo's going backwards than forwards. Two screens is something the Wii U did right.Btw, been playing Mario Kart 8 online lately and it's so much better with the GamePad to play it strategically, this way the player knows what are the items of the opponents. Pro Controller doesn't offer that even though it's technically superior (a traditional controller with a battery that lasts forever).


I agree some games make good use of it, but anything that makes games easier to develop for the system is a good thing. The more third party support the better this time around

Spidersmudge

I agree some games make good use of it, but anything that makes games … I agree some games make good use of it, but anything that makes games easier to develop for the system is a good thing. The more third party support the better this time around




If they dont think the games will sell to nintendo users it doesn't matter what the system is like people still wouldn't bother porting pc/ps4/xbone games to it or making anything other then kids/party games as that is the stereotype they are stuck with, its upto nintendo themselves to lead by example not with the hardware but with the games.

Dont look like they are going to push out of their comfort zone to me.

Error440

If they dont think the games will sell to nintendo users it doesn't … If they dont think the games will sell to nintendo users it doesn't matter what the system is like people still wouldn't bother porting pc/ps4/xbone games to it or making anything other then kids/party games as that is the stereotype they are stuck with, its upto nintendo themselves to lead by example not with the hardware but with the games.Dont look like they are going to push out of their comfort zone to me.



They haven't shown us anything yet? you really have a problem with this console.

haritori

They haven't shown us anything yet? you really have a problem with this … They haven't shown us anything yet? you really have a problem with this console.




They've shown us mario kart, splatoon and a mario platformer in the vid that shows they intend to carry on as normal.

Spasho

That would seem as though Nintendo's going backwards than forwards. Two … That would seem as though Nintendo's going backwards than forwards. Two screens is something the Wii U did right.


Since their new console is entirely based on single screen gaming there is no way to have backwards compatibility with 3DS and Wii U games. Nintendo specifically said this wouldn't be the new Wii U or 3DS so it's not too surprising really. I think it's for the best, a fresh start while allowing for Wii U remasters at a later date.

I've got loads of digital games on my Wii U & while it would be nice to be able to transfer them across the Wii U will remain worth retaining unlike the Wii which became redundant due to full backwards compatibility on the Wii U. In fact, when you factor in homebrew emulation the Wii U is excellent as an all purpose Nintendo machine which can play basically everything from every generation before.

The switch also won't suffer from having to retain compatibility with the host of controller options from the Wii U which became somewhat ridiculous (gamepad, pro controller, Wii remote, Wii remote plus, nunchuck, classic controller, Gamecube adapter, balance board, etc).

You say dual screen gaming was something that Nintendo got right with the Wii U but there are very few examples of where it was anything more than a map or for inventory management. One of the better features of the gamepad (although probably underappreciated) - off-tv play - is a main feature of the new console.

Most criticism of the Wii U focused on Nintendo's insistence on the gamepad being a fundamental aspect of the Wii U - ie the common complaint about Nintendo refusing to release a cheaper model of the console without the gamepad (as apparently noone wanted to pay for it & thought the console itself was worth less than £100).

Dual screen gaming won't be missed for very long. Neither will backwards compatibility.



Edited by: "bernardsfingers" 23rd Oct 2016
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