Nintendo Switch won’t be able to play your library of Wii U discs or 3DS cartridges, as Nintendo has confirmed that its upcoming console doesn’t feature physical backwards compatibility.
When asked whether or not Switch can play physical Wii U or 3DS games, a representative from Nintendo responded to IGN with a simple “no.”
With regard to whether or not the console will offer digital backwards compatibility, the rep said that Nintendo has “nothing to announce on this topic” and “will make additional announcements about the Nintendo Switch hardware later, before the launch of the product.”
While everyone is more interested in finding out additional information about Nintendo’s next-generation console, the company has also made another hardware announcement but it’s certainly not on the same scale. It has announced a New Nintendo 3DS XL in lime green color which is an Amazon exclusive but that’s not the best part. The best part is that the console comes with a copy of SNES class Super Mario World and that’s what’s going to compel people to actually buy this thing.
Super Mario World comes pre-installed on the New Nintendo 3DS XL that’s available for purchase right now exclusively from Amazon. It’s actually one of the SNES Virtual Console games that can only be played on the New Nintendo 3DS console. The game can be purchased on its own for $7.99 from the Nintendo 3DS eShop.
Disney Magical World 2 is a life simulation video game and a sequel to Disney Magical World. The game was released in North America and Europe on October 14, 2016 for the Nintendo 3DS. The popular life simulation game returns with new features, new costumes, new worlds, and even more new characters. The theme song for the game is “Sparkle” by May J.
There are six Disney-themed worlds, such as exploring the world of Disney Frozen, dancing with Disney princesses or soaring through special Magical Dream events.
Players will encounter and interact with well-known characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Ariel, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck.
Genre: Life simulation game
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release Date: October 14, 2016
System: Nintendo 3DS
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice is an action-adventure platform game developed by Sanzaru Games and published by Sega for the Nintendo 3DS. It is part of the Sonic Boom spin-off franchise of the Sonic the Hedgehog series, along with the games Rise of Lyric and Shattered Crystal, and a television series. Originally planned for a release in late 2015, Fire & Ice was released in North America and Europe in September 2016, and was released in Australia and Japan in October 2016. It received mixed reviews from critics upon release.
Like the previous 3DS entry, Shattered Crystal, Fire & Ice is a side-scrolling platform game in which Sonic and his companions fight their way through various stages. In addition to Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Sticks, Amy was added as a playable character. Like the previous game, players are able to switch between characters at will in order to use their unique abilities such as Sonic’s speed, Tails’ flight, Knuckles’ strength, Sticks’ boomerang, and Amy’s hammer. A new addition to Fire & Ice was the addition of fire and ice elements, which apply both to the level environments and character abilities. For example, Sonic can infuse himself with fire to break ice blocks or surround himself with ice in order to freeze water, alternating between the two at will. The game also features various special stages, bonus minigames, challenge rooms, and local multiplayer modes.
Developer: Sanzaru Games
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Metroid Prime: Federation Force is a cooperative first-person shooter developed by Next Level Games and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is a spin-off of the Metroid Prime series, where the player assumes the role of a Galactic Federation Marine, featuring gameplay elements similar to those of Metroid Prime Hunters. It also includes a multiplayer soccer-based gamemode known as Metroid Prime: Blast Ball. It was met with mixed reviews upon release.
Metroid Prime: Federation Force plays similarly to Metroid Prime Hunters, which primarily focused on the shooting mechanics within the Metroid Prime series as opposed to the exploration. Like its handheld predecessor, Federation Force incorporates cooperative elements into the core gameplay. However, Federation Force lacks the touch-based controls of Hunters as well as the established scanning mechanics of the Metroid Prime series, which allowed players to analyze their character’s surrounding environment and discover secrets.
Blast Ball is a mode which offers three-on-three matches, where players in their mecha suits shoot balls into nets akin to both the real life sport soccer and the video game Rocket League. This mode serves as a tutorial for the control scheme and an in-universe exercise for the playable Marines.
Developer: Next Level Games
Genre: First-person shooter, Sports game
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: August 19, 2016
Kirby: Planet Robobot is an action platformer video game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. It is the fifteenth main installment in Nintendo’s Kirby franchise. The game was released in Japan in April 2016 and in North America and Europe in June 2016.
Kirby: Planet Robobot follows a similar style of gameplay to the previous Nintendo 3DS title, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, taking advantage of the system’s 3D capabilities to allow Kirby to move between multiple planes in stages. Like most games in the series, Kirby is able to inhale enemies in order to absorb their powers, including three new Copy Abilities; Doctor, Poison, and ESP. Additionally, players can gain abilities and items by scanning in supported Amiibo figures. New to this game are mech suits known as Robobot Armor that Kirby can pilot, allowing him to destroy certain obstacles, lift heavy objects, and defeat large enemies. Like Kirby himself, the Robobot Armor can scan enemies to gain its own set of Copy Abilities that can be used to attack enemies and solve puzzles. Hidden throughout each level are Code Cubes, which are needed to progress and unlock bonus levels, and collectible stickers which can be used to customise Kirby’s Robobot Armor.
Kirby: Planet Robobot features two additional minigames; Team Kirby Clash and Kirby 3D Rumble. Team Kirby Clash in an action RPG in which up to four players choose a character class and work together to fight large bosses, earning experience along the way. Kirby 3D Rumble is a single-player game in which Kirby must travel along a 3D plane to inhale and shoot waves of enemies as quickly as possible. Clearing the main game unlocks two additional modes; Meta Knightmare Returns, in which players control Meta Knight through a harder version of the main campaign, and The Arena, where players fight multiple boss characters with limited healing items. The game also features support for StreetPass and Miiverse. There is also a harder variant of the Arena known as the True Arena, which has players fight bosses from Meta Knightmare Returns as Kirby, as well as a new, secret boss.
Developer: HAL Laboratory
Genre: Platform action game
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (3DS). Embark on a brand new adventure with Shantae, the hair-whipping, belly dancing genie. Shantae gains new weapons she can use to solve fiendish puzzles, battle fierce bosses, and maybe regain her genie magic along the way! This is one adventure you don’t want to miss!
The third entry in the acclaimed Shantae series is her biggest adventure yet; sail the seas and discover cursed islands and labyrinths.
Critically acclaimed, with an 82% Metacritic score for the Nintendo 3DS version.
Upgrade Shantae’s hair, weapons and moves! Master the Pirate Gear, Flintlock Pistol, Pirate Hat, Scimitar, Risky’s Boots, and even fly using a cannon.
Laugh out loud at the weird, wild and wonderfully humorous cast of characters.
Unlockable Pirate Mode, discover multiple game endings for completionists and speed runners or check out an unforgettable soundtrack and incredible stereoscopic visuals.
*** Bonus Content! Includes “Super Shantae Nab!!” A new arcade-style game exclusive to this release!
ESRB Rating: EVERYONE 10+ with Mild Suggestive Themes and Cartoon Violence
Genre: Arcade Platformer
Publisher: WayForward Technologies, Inc.
Release Date: October 23, 2014
System: Nintendo 3DS