Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimshima has addressed the Switch’s lack of backward compatibility with Wii U and 3DS games, and has also revealed that more ports from previous Nintendo systems could make their way to the console in the future.
Speaking with Time, Kimshima also discussed the possibility of older controllers becoming compatible with the Switch, although he didn’t elaborate on which controllers might be supported. “”Switch is not backward compatible with games designed for other systems, and is not currently compatible with controllers designed for other systems,” Kimishima said. “Support for certain controllers may be considered for a future update.“
When asked whether the Switch could emulate Wii U games, Kimshima didn’t really give a clear answer, but did admit that Nintendo could take Wii U games and make them playable or remade for Switch. “In some cases, games from past systems may be re-released for the Nintendo Switch system as either enhanced or original versions,” he added.
Nintendo has already announced Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be coming to the Switch on April 28 but so far, it’s the only Wii U game revealed to be getting an enhanced port for the system. It was rumored last year that Bandai Namco was working on a port of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo’s next console, but nothing has officially been announced yet.