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.

  • Mark

    As a retro gamer who keeps his old systems around, I have to say that it’s not a huge deal for me, personally. But then, I’d be more likely to skip generations if I knew that the new system offered perfect compatibility (sorry, Xbox 360).
    Also, backward compatibility can still be nice to have now and then, and it absolutely should be included as long as it’s not too costly. (Wii playing GCN? NDS playing Game Boy? Why not?)

    • eric_s07

      Personally, backwards compatibility has always been an important feature to take into account before buying a new console. For instance, I’ve never owned a GameCube, but I’d be much more inclined to get a Nintendo Wii as long as it offers backwards compatibility even if I don’t end up using that particular feature all that much.

      Nevertheless, I agree with you in the sense that sometimes it makes sense to completely remove this functionality if it ends up adding to the cost of the console. Then again, this comment comes from somebody who still uses its PlayStation 2 to play original PlayStation games every once in a while 🙂