Have you picked up a Nintendo Switch and played through all of the titles that you had on your list. Maybe your thinking about going back and playing some of the classics, from the Nintendo 3DS but can you do it on a Nintendo Switch?

It may be cool to play some of your favourite classics on a slightly bigger screen or even docking you switch to your tv, to play these older games on the big screen. Of course, the 3DS and DS cartridges will not fit in the Nintendo Switch, as they are a completely different shape and size but can you download these old games digitally?

Let’s jump in and find out if it is possible to play the Nintendo 3DS games on the Switch.

Can I Play 3DS Games On Switch?

Are Nintendo 3DS games backward compatible with the Switch? No, the Switch does not have compatibility with older games from the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Even if you have purchased these games previously on the Nintendo eShop they do not carry over to the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo have stated that the Switch is an all new way to play and will not include backward compatibility for physical or digital games from older consoles.

Probably not the news that you wanted to hear if you searched for this article. This means that you will have to go back to those older consoles and re-live the nostalgia there, if you want to play your older purchases again.

So, there you have it. Officially, you can’t play 3DS games on Switch. However some people smarter than me have found ways around this. While we do not recommend messing with the software on your Switch as it may void the warranty, some smart people have found workarounds to actually make it work.

Can You Play DS Games On The Nintendo Switch?

Can you play DS Games on Switch? No, just like Wii U and 3DS games the DS games are also not compatible with the Nintendo Switch.

How To Play 3DS Games On Switch Using An Emulator

We are not going to go into detail in this article on how to install an emulator on your Nintendo Switch however you can check out the video below for more information. This video goes into more detail on how you can install RetroArch CItra Core on your Nintendo Switch allowing you to play 3DS games.

Wrapping Up

So if you want to go to extreme lengths to play some of the classics, you might be able to get 3DS games on your switch but not officially from Nintendo. Hopefully at some stage in the future Nintendo may decide to make some of the most popular 3DS games compatible with switch or even create re-mastered versions of them.

Let us know your thoughts down in the comments on whether or not Nintendo should allow backward compatibility.

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