Here’s why SNES VC games can only be played on a new 3DS

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One of the surprise announcements of the last Nintendo Direct was the revelation that SNES games would be playable on the New 3DS, with the delivery of the infamous “available after this show” line. While many fans were no doubt thrilled to see classic 16-bit console games being made available legitimately on a laptop for the first time, the announcement raised questions about the exclusivity of the new 3DS.

Nintendo has finally released a statement about it, and the reason is one that has been brought up repeatedly in discussions around the issue. Speaking to Game Informer, a Nintendo rep said:

As previously announced, the New Nintendo 3DS has an improved processor, which allows Super NES games to run on the system with quality results. Super NES games also include Perfect-Pixel mode, which allows gamers to view their games in their original TV resolution and aspect resolution.

While the wording has a bit of questionable PR, it seems the problem lies with the processor in older models.

What do you think? Is Nintendo being completely blunt with this? Have you ever purchased SNES VC games for your New 3DS? Share your opinion in the comments below.

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