Nintendo Switch Won’t be Backwards Compatible with Wii U Discs or 3DS Cartridges

A translated Famitsu interview has revealed some interesting info about the Nintendo Switch, including the fact that it won’t be backwards compatible with the Wii U or 3DS.

Nintendo recently had an interview with Famitsu concerning their upcoming new console/handheld hybrid, which has been translated by Perfectly Nintendo. This includes the fact that the Nintendo Switch isn’t a successor to the Wii U or 3DS, and that it won’t be compatible with Wii U discs or 3DS game cartridges. As the site points out, Nintendo didn’t specifically rule out digital versions of Wii U and 3DS games being made available for download.

Nintendo also commented on the contents players will get inside the box. Aside from the Switch unit, players will also get the Joy-Con(L) and Joy-Con(R) controllers and the dock. Other details will be announced in the near future. However, if the packaging is like what Nintendo had with the Wii U, the Pro Controller will likely be sold separately.

Finally, speaking about battery life, the company wouldn’t give number. The only comment they would give is that the device was designed for players to play as long as possible comfortably without the need for a power outlet. Hopefully, this means that the battery life will be much longer than the Wii U Gamepad’s abysmal five hours.

Nintendo Switch is out March 2017 worldwide. Pricing, games, and specs will be revealed in 2017.