Time magazine recently had an interview with Nintendo president, Tatsumi Kimishima who discussed the company’s backwards compatibility and online subscriptions for the Switch.
In the interview, Kimishima confirmed that the Switch does not support games designed for other systems currently. This breaks the hearts of fans that were hoping to play their classic Nintendo games on their newly acquired gaming platform. Kimishima stated that the “Switch is not backward compatible with games designed for other systems, and is not currently compatible with controllers designed for other systems. Support for certain controllers may be considered for a future update. In some cases, games from past systems may be re-released for the Nintendo Switch system as either enhanced or original versions”.
While he confirms that there will not be any backwards compatible action at the launch, he does provide hope suggesting it will come in a later update.
When asked about the eShop, Kimishima stated that “we can confirm that it will be possible to purchase and play downloaded software at launch, but we are not sharing further details at this time”.
The interview then switched to the topic of Nintendo’s online subscription system which is coming in at around $18 to $27 USD per year. Clearly, this subscription price is pretty small compared to its competitors. Kimishima stated that “I think if you look at some of our competitors, you think that when I say 2,000 to 3,000 yen ($18 to $27 USD) per year, that’s a bit underpriced or cheap. But we are really dedicated to bringing our online business to the consumer at that price point. We feel it’s a matter of getting our content to the consumer at a price point that will make them happy, and then we’re willing to look at what else we can do going forward. This is just the starting point for us, so again, it’s a battle of content. We think we have what we need to win the battle on that front, and we hope to provide more details about the service going forward”.
For the full interview, you can visit here.