With Nintendo Switch on the way, Nintendo execs and reps are making the rounds to promote the console. In a recent interview with Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima, the head honcho discussed a number of topics including whether or not Nintendo Switch can emulate Wii U games or if they would have to be ported. According to Kimishima, Switch is not backwards compatible and is not currently designed to work with controllers on previous consoles. Kimishima does hint, however, that support for those older controllers could be a possibility in the future.
“We can take games and bring them and make them playable on Switch. So they can be remade for Switch, yes.
“That said, Switch is not backward compatible with games designed for other systems, and is not currently compatible with controllers designed for other systems. Support for certain controllers may be considered for a future update. In some cases, games from past systems may be re-released for the Nintendo Switch system as either enhanced or original versions.” — Tatsumi Kimishima
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Source: Nintendo Everything