Why Nintendo 3DS SNES Game Downloads Only Work on the New 3DS

By Gary Cutlack on at

Not for the first time, Nintendo has found itself amid a storm of hardware controversy and confusion, thanks to a seemingly baffling decision to lock some 3DS owners out of officially emulating SNES games -- only the most-wanted feature for every Nintendo fan in the world, ever.

Nintendo has explained its actions, saying there's nothing it can do about it because it's all about the more powerful internals of the newer model that let it work... better. Nintendo explained: "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."

That explanation isn't enough to satisfy the curiosity of men on the internet, mind, who still wonder why, when mobile phones have been happily emulating the SNES for years, the original 3DS can't be coaxed into running these ancient old games too. Encouraging people to bin their old 3DS machines and buy new ones is the seemingly underhand reasoning behind it all, even though Nintendo warned that some future New Nintendo 3DS games may well be exclusive to the system when launching its rejigged machine last year. [Game Informer]

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