Time Magazine recently spoke with Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima about next month’s Nintendo Switch, and ravenous fans are doing their usual thing in scouring the interview for every last detail. Something that very well may have slipped through the cracks concerns something many fans are concerned about, namely backwards compatibility with Wii/Wii U titles and the ostensible lack of equivalent control options.
When asked about legacy support, Kimishima said, “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.” So, while Wii U ports tailored for the Switch’s new hardware is certainly the standard, using Wiimotes for a theoretical Virtual Console or something similar appears to be feasible in a technological sense.
Considering the general lack of knowledge associated with the Switch, even so close to launch, only time will tell if we’ll be doing the Wiimote waggle again.