BY JOSE OTERO Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima explained the Switch’s lack of backward compatibility and that more ports from previous Nintendo systems could come to the system in the future.
Nintendo Switch Hands-On: Hardware Overview Nintendo Switch Hands-On: Hardware Overview 04:52 "Switch is not backward compatible with games designed for other systems, and is not currently compatible with controllers designed for other systems,” Kimishima told Time. “Support for certain controllers may be considered for a future update.“
In response to whether Switch could emulate Wii U games, Kimishmia acknowledged that Nintendo can take Wii U games and make them playable or even 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. Previously Nintendo confirmed last year that the Switch was not compatible with Wii U or 3DS games.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Reveal Trailer Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Reveal Trailer 01:32 During the January Switch presentation, Nintendo revealed that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe would be coming to Switch on April 28. The enhanced port includes new characters, new items, and a revamped battle mode. In January 2016 it was rumored that Bandai Namco was working on a port of Smash Bros for Nintendo’s next platform, at the time Nintendo’s next system was codenamed NX, but nothing official has been announced yet.