Switch 2 backward compatibility rumour is a big win for gamers

Switch 2 backward compatibility rumour is a big win for gamers
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Joseph Kime


12th Feb 2024 15:00

The Nintendo Switch successor has blasted the rumour mill wide open, and we're now in the territory of real evidence about the next Nintendo home console. We love the Switch, but as it's time to move on to pastures new, fans are laying out their hopes - with backwards compatibility being the biggest for many.

After all, if Nintendo is going for a full sequel to the Joy-Con-toting hybrid console, why not give those same players the chance to keep their Animal Crossing progress and Tears of the Kingdom cartridges along the way? Thank the heavens, a new rumour has appeared, seemingly confirming our hopes for the console.

Switch 2 rumour points to physical and digital backward compatibility

Mario after capturing a frog in Super Mario Odyssey.
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A new rumour is doing the rounds that indicates that the next Nintendo home console, expected to be a full successor to the Nintendo Switch, will be packing backwards compatibility for both physical and digital games for its whole lifespan.

The rumour from UniversoNintendo states that not only can fans expect a chance to play the games that they already own, but they can also hold out hope for upgraded versions of the titles. It's apparently thanks to developers being offered the means to upgrade their games to match the specs of the new console.

This is a relief to some, given that we've had no indication that we won't have to buy the games we love all over again. Still, it seems that the chance to upgrade our games could come in handy, especially as the specifications indicate that we could be in for the most powerful Nintendo console yet.

Switch 2 could be getting a massive upgrade

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Some much-needed backward compatibility follows a claim by Reuters that the Switch 2/Pro may need to wheel out these game upgrades. The site claims the next Switch will be packing a custom Nvidia chip that serves as an upgrade to the console's current Tegra X1 chip by the same company.

It's hoped that this update will lead to more amplified framerates, but we're going to have to wait to see the effect that it has on the console. Along with a bigger eight-inch screen, the next Switch looks like it's going to be beefier. One thing's for sure, though - we can't wait to see what this Switch 2 can do.

Joseph Kime is the Senior Trending News Journalist for GGRecon from Devon, UK. Before graduating from MarJon University with a degree in Journalism, he started writing music reviews for his own website before writing for the likes of FANDOM, Zavvi and The Digital Fix. He is host of the Big Screen Book Club podcast, and author of Building A Universe, a book that chronicles the history of superhero movies. His favourite games include DOOM (2016), Celeste and Pokemon Emerald.

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