In an interview with IGN, a Nintendo representative responded that “no” they won’t be supporting backwards compatibility with physical 3DS games (despite similar cartridge sizes). Coupling this with an interview where Nintendo told Famitsu that it also wouldn’t support any previous physical media and it’s not considered the “successor to the Wii U”, this doesn’t bode well for those hoping to play some of the missed Wii U gems on the Switch either.

I’m not sure how well that would have worked out on a single screen to begin with, but now we know for sure that phsyical Wii U and 3DS games are not coming to the Switch. It remains to be seen whether digital versions of either will make an appearance.


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Evan Chambers is a fellow video game connoisseur (specializing in the Nintendo variety). He occasionally writes other articles and reviews that you can find here, and sometimes he tries to Twitter, at @EvanChambers.