Nintendo's new console won't support your old games
Nintendo announced a new game console on Thursday morning, called Nintendo Switch.
It's a hybrid console that combines mobile and home console. You can play it on your TV at home, in high-def, or on the go as a handheld console. Like so:
Nintendo's hoping for a restart with Switch, and apparently that restart extends to Nintendo's entire last generation of consoles: Games from the Wii U and the handheld 3DS console won't work on Nintendo Switch. That means none of the games you bought for Wii U and 3DS will work on Switch; it's not clear if games purchased digitally will carry over. Japanese game publication Famitsu got that information directly from Nintendo Japan.The concept is known as "backwards compatibility" - the ability for new game consoles to play games from previous hardware. For example, it means being able to play PlayStation 1 games on a PlayStation 2 by putting the disc into the PS2 drive like you would on a PS1. The PlayStation 2 was "backwards compatible" with PlayStation 1 games.
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