The Wii U Will Be Backwards Compatible with the Wii, Iwata Says

Backwards compatibility is always a touchy subject for most people. Some think that this feature is extremely important while others couldn’t care less about it. As someone who plays a lot of titles from older generations, backwards compatibility is very important to me. Thankfully for those who feel the same way, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata recently confirmed that the Wii U will be backwards compatible with Wii software. Basically, this means that both physical discs and digital purchases (WiiWare and Virtual Console titles) will be playable on the upcoming system.

What remains to be seen is how well Nintendo will be able to implement the feature. The company hasn’t made a good job making the 3DS a backward compatible-friendly portable console. While transferring DSiWare titles was a simple process, playing DS titles on the 3D portable console was less than ideal due to screen resolution issues.

What do you think? Is backwards compatibility an important feature on a new console? Does this influence your purchase decision? Or do you prefer playing games on their original console? As usual, feel free to share your opinion in the comment section of the site.