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SNES Virtual Console Not Available on Older 3DS Models

Nintendo have been using their virtual console system to bring titles from previous generations forward to the current one across multiple consoles now. However, players will require the use of only the New Nintendo 3DS in order to access the SNES virtual console games.

The New 3DS includes an improved CPU, meaning that the higher-spec processor can handle the ability to run the older games with much better quality. Bringing the SNES virtual console games to the older versions would mean experiencing them at a lower quality than Nintendo pride themselves on.

An official statement from Nintendo supplied to GameInformer reads as follows:

“As previously announced, New Nintendo 3DS has an improved CPU, which enables Super NES games to run on the system with quality results. The Super NES games also include Perfect-Pixel mode, which allows players to see their games in their original TV resolution and aspect resolution”.

So in order to play older Nintendo games you will need to buy the latest version of their handheld console so that you can experience the games how they were originally intended. This is unfortunate news for the millions of players that own the older versions of the Nintendo 3DS, even if they purchased the more-recent XL version.

The SNES was home to many classic adventures such as Donkey Kong Country, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Super Metroid. Nintendo’s virtual console concept has already brought many classics back from the past to enable enjoyment on the latest consoles such as Super Mario Galaxy as well as the first two Final Fantasy games for the Wii U.

Do you own an older version of the 3DS? If so are you disappointed that you won’t be able to experience some classic Nintendo adventures unless you upgrade to the latest handheld console? Get in touch and let us know in the comments below.