Nintendo Switch Not Backwards Compatible With Physical 3DS or Wii U Games
Digital games have not been ruled out, leaving the door open for eShop purchases or re-releases.
Nintendo confirmed that its upcoming Switch console/handheld duo is not compatible with physical 3DS cards or Wii U discs. Japanese gaming publication Famitsu sent the company a number of questions and posted its responses as an FAQ (via GameSpot).
Given that the Switch has been shown using cartridges—more palatable for portable use, as cartridges don't skip and scratch while in use—it should not come as a surprise that the console won't support Wii U discs. Running 3DS cards seemed a possibility, but Nintendo gave Famitsu a definitive answer on that topic as well.
Nintendo's decision is not only pragmatic, it makes good business sense. While nothing has been confirmed, the eShop storefront will likely make the jump to Switch, giving Nintendo the perfect opportunity to sell digital copies of classic and/or remastered software made for legacy platforms.